2022’s top 5 commercial chemical industry roles

Posted on 21 December 2021

​The festive period often provides time to take stock, consider and plan for how we might do things differently in the new year. For those considering their next career move we’ve summarised the top 5 commercial roles for 2022. Whether you’re looking to earn in excess of £100k, engage in business strategy or build a global customer base we have the position for you, with dozens more to choose from on our website. Without further ado here are the top 5 commercial roles in chemistry for 2022.


1.    Regional Sales Manager - Europe


In at number one, we have regional sales manager for Europe targeting the paint, coatings, inks, resin, textile, adhesives, construction and plastics industries. With an enticing £100,000 salary plus bonus, medical and pension this is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to stretch themselves in 2022. Working for a dynamic, fast growing supplier of commodity and specialty chemicals, there’s plenty of room for professional growth as they extend their reach in the Middle East, Africa, Americas and Asia. Key responsibilities include the development of an annual sales plan, growing the product portfolio in line with the customer/market opportunities and expanding the customer base. A full job specification and details of how to apply can be found here.


2.    Business Development Manager – Personal Care & Cosmetics


Rapid promotion is on the cards for ambitious business development managers with experience of personal care and cosmetics formulation in this role. Home-based for flexibility and reporting directly into the Managing Director, there’s a clear route for progression, highly competitive salary, car and bonus available for the right candidate. The full job description can be found here.


3.    Digital Content Writer


A passion for writing and a strong eye for design are some of the key requirements of this latest content role. Working closely with the digital marketing manager, the chosen candidate will create engaging content for use on social media platforms, in the media and across digital channels. Some chemical and polymer technical knowledge and a genuine interest in advancing science and chemistry would also be beneficial. Click here to find out more.


4.    Sales Manager – Chemicals for Thermoplastics & Thermosets


The ideal step up for a budding sales executive or manager, this role offers the opportunity to join a well-established business that is now part of a wider group. With a salary of between £50,000 and £55,000, it is one of the most well-paid jobs at this level. A science degree in chemistry or related science and engineering qualification with three years technical sales experience is required, however, full training on products & applications will be provided. Further details can be found here.


5.    Sales Engineer - Instrumentation for Materials Characterisation


An exciting and highly successful instrumentation manufacturer is on the lookout for a scientific problem solver. With experience in rheology, particle analysis or laboratory instrumentation the chosen candidate will enjoy working closely with scientists to help solve some of the industry’s toughest challenges. A highly competitive salary, company car and bonus are on offer for the right applicant, with a degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, life science or related discipline and good communication skills two of the key requirements. Find out more here.


With plenty more chemistry roles to choose from don’t forget to regularly check back and see all the top vacancies in our industry at the Merritt Recruitment website.


Dr Laura Merritt is an experienced recruiter and qualified chemist. Her PhD specialised in UV curing, photochemistry and polymer chemistry. Dr Merritt is the founder of Merritt Recruitment, a council member of the Oil & Colour Chemists’ Association, secretary of the Royal Society of Chemistry - Coatings Group and managing director of Surfex.


To connect with Laura on LinkedIn visit: www.linkedin.com/in/drlauramerritt.


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