About Us - Discover The Merritt Recruitment Story

Merritt Recruitment is an award-winning specialist recruitment agency for the chemicals, life sciences, polymer, coatings, personal care and cosmetics industries. Founded by Dr Laura Merritt with a PhD in Chemistry and a background spanning 20 years of international recruitment experience. Merritt Recruitment is passionate about science & technology and the talent that contributes to their success. We network at leading industry events and forums to raise awareness of the incredible career options available in our industries for new graduates and experienced professionals. Our goal is to bring together talented people with leading companies to drive innovation and sustainability.​​

Who we are

The Merritt Recruitment Story

After 20 years in international recruitment, our founder Laura Merritt wanted to contribute to the industry through helping new graduates getting onto the career ladder and advising professionals to help them progress their career. Our industries are looking to attract new talent in all technical, commercial and operational disciplines, with our expertise we can adapt and innovate to address the challenges of regulatory change, environmental concern, sustainability and logistic efficiency.

We work with the leading companies and organisations across the world to place the ideal candidates in roles at a range of levels from graduate to senior management in a variety of disciplines, including Regulatory, Commercial, Operational and Technical. Our team have over 30 years' combined industry experience

Meet the Team

Our Milestones

Great Achievements

SCS Formulate 2023

​Merritt Recruitment will be on stand 511 at SCS Formulate ​Our Consultants Laura Merritt and Jeremy Clarke will be attending -They will be happy to discuss your business recruitment needs and provide career advice.To arrange a meeting, please contact them directly:Dr Laura Merritt:laura@merrittrecruitment.comMob: +44(0)785 216 8957Dr Jeremy Clarke:Jeremy@merrittrecruitment.comMob: +44(0)785 216 8957Date: 14 -15th November 2023Location: Coventry Building Society Area, CoventryDetails: https://www.scsformulate.co.uk/

Surfex 2022

​Merritt Recruitment exhibited for the first time at Surfex 2022. Thank you for everyone who dropped by the stand. We were delighted to see so many candidates and clients. Top discussions for clients were how we can assist with recruitment campaigns in a competitive market. Candidates were discussing jobs at risk, perfecting CV's and how to obtain their dream role. If you are looking to recruit staff please contact us and if you are looking for a dream job register here

New Team Member

​Merritt Recruitment is delighted to welcome Jeremy Clarketo our team.Jeremy is an accomplished Senior Director of Business Development.His experience is in shaping and executing long-term strategic growth plans for businesses operating in highly competitive environments. Most recently Jeremy developed the European sales strategy for BioIVT, recruiting exceptional talent and leading the team to achieve significant revenue growth. Previously, he held commercial roles in both large corporate entities and small start-up companies driving commercial sales operations in the UK, Europe, Middle-East and Asia.Jeremy received his PhD from the University of Kentin Microbial Biochemistry and has developed his commercial experience selling capital equipment, research services and consumable goods in the chemistry, life science, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

REC Member

​Merritt Recruitment are proud to be a member of the REC. We follow the REC Code of Professional Practice to ensure we maintain the highest principles of ethics, equity, integrity, professional conduct and fair practice in dealing with others.​


​Merritt Recruitment has launched our Blog page. We will keep you updated with Interview Tips, Career Advice, Industry News, Recruitment Strategies and our thoughts on how to overcome recruitment challenges.Please visit our Blog Page to review the latest articles. If you have any questions that you would like the Merritt Team to answer in our Blog please do Contact Us


Merritt Recruitment is delighted to confirm we have a fully functioned website. Clients can contacted us directly and Candidates can review vacancies, apply for roles and set up job alerts. We are still working on our blogs and news articles so do visit our website to learn more about Merritt Recruitment and our activities.


In spite of the downturn facing the Chemical industry due to Brexit and the fallout of the Covid pandemic, Merritt Recruitment is delighted to see that certain sectors are experiencing exceptional growth. We have seen a rise in demand for regulatory and commercial roles at all levels. As Covid restrictions have started to ease, we have seen an increase in Laboratory based roles. Laura Merritt is appointed as Secretary to the Royal Society Surface Coatings Special Interest Group. The new Merritt Recruitment website was launched in September 2021.


With Merritt Recruitment’s reputation beginning to grow, we saw a greater diversity of roles which included SMEs, Universities and Global Organisations. We were also lucky enough to place a range of technical and commercial chemistry roles for house-hold names! Whilst Merritt Recruitment achieved enviable growth during the Covid pandemic, sadly the Surfex 2020 conference was cancelled, which was the year Laura was appointed as chairman. However, Laura was appointed to the editorial team of Surface Coatings International Journal to develop new look and content and was awarded a prestigious TABBIE award.


​Merritt Recruitment was established. We started by developing a database of screened candidates from our core industries, Chemical, Coatings, Polymers and Personal Care & Cosmetics. We began to build our reputation based on a quality service and secured many new clients and secured a range of roles. Our recruitment methodology is to use our fully GDPR compliant database and market-leading search tools.
Award-winning Specialist Recruiting from Merritt Recruitment


Join the Merritt Recruitment Team!

We are looking for passionate, dedicated Technical Recruitment Consultants to join our team. If you've got ambitions to run your own division and want to join a

forward-thinking recruitment agency with a desire to grow and give back to the chemical industry, then we want to hear from you!

Core Values

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    Drawing upon 20 years' of recruitment experience in the chemicals industry, we use our technical and academic background to secure the best candidates for your role.

    We are have an extensive network of connections in both industry and academia. Our clients can be confident that we will attract, screen and shortlist the right talent.

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    Through our extensive network we are known as a trusted partner and that we are committed to working towards a better future for the chemical industry.

    We are dedicated to nurturing candidates and we love the satisfaction of witnessing long term development of a fulfilling career. Whether you are a new graduate or a seasoned professional we will help you to achieve your career goals.

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    We are committed to supporting chemical industry professionals to embrace the growing trend for sustainability and want to hear from candidates who are looking to solve common ecological problems in the world.

    To ensure there is a level-playing field in the chemical industry, we advocate for diversity and inclusion, so that a brilliant career is available for all.

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    Career Progression

    A career in the chemicals industry offers scope for development at every level. Whether you are interested in a management or sales role as you progress your career, there will be opportunities for you to progress.

    Many of our candidates start their careers in technical roles, however choose to develop into more commercial-focused roles, such as regulatory, compliance, sales or management roles.

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    Sustainability in the chemicals industry is a growing area. If you are dedicated to creating a better world and reducing our environmental impact then there are countless opportunities available for you.

    We are passionate about chemical industry professionals embracing the growing need to work more sustainably and want to hear from candidates who are looking to solve common ecological problems in the world.

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    Merritt Recruitment is committed to making improvements in the chemical industry. Whether that's encouraging more diversity and supporting inclusion within the sector, or encouraging people to use their expertise to deliver sustainable solutions.

    We want to hear from candidates who are passionate about driving change for the greater good.

Our People

Meet The Team