Top 5 commercial chemical industry roles

Posted on 01 May 2022

​Post-pandemic, commercial roles are becoming increasingly flexible, with home-working the norm rather than the exception. High rates of pay and clear routes to progression are on offer for the right candidate, with new skills, such as social media increasingly in demand. For independently minded, ambitious individuals it’s never been a better time to work in the industry. Here are 5 of the best positions for Spring 2022.


1.    UK Sales Manager - Speciality Chemicals for Coatings & Construction


This home-based role is offering up to £60k, bonuses, car allowance and medical for the right candidate. The well-established business, which has grown to become a group of companies, supplies speciality chemicals and materials into the coatings, paints, adhesives, construction, and related industry sectors. Ideal for someone with a relevant science degree and a few years technical sales experience, you will be working directly with the sales director to help develop a business plan and generate sales for this fast-growing firm. Click here to find out more and apply.


2.    Technical Sales Manager - Chemicals

The second of our home-based roles involves working for a European chemicals manufacturer to support and grow customers across the UK. Technically focused and with several years of sales experience, you will be working with businesses in the personal care, household and industrial detergents, plastics, catalyst & polymerization additives, industrial coating, paper and textiles industries. With up to £60k, bonuses and a car allowance on offer this is a role that is too good to miss for the right candidate. See the full job profile and apply here.


3.    Technical Sales Manager – Personal Care & Cosmetics


Offering an incredible 30% bonus, competitive salary and company car this fast-moving sales role is ideal for candidates looking for rapid progression. Social media savvy, you’ll be helping to unlock sales working with industry influencers across Instagram and TikTok. Joining the consumer group team, you’ll be leading sales in the personal care & cosmetics markets. Click here to find out more and apply.


4.    Technical Sales - Flooring & Screeds - London & Southern England


Home-based within the London and South East region, you’ll be working with well-known brands and the latest innovations in polymer and concrete technology to secure construction industry sales. With a salary of up to £45k, plus bonus and company car this is an ideal step up for an ambitious technical sales representative. Find out more and apply here.


5.    Area Sales Manager - Chemicals for adhesives, paints, polymers, inks and construction


Ideally suited for an existing sales manager or someone looking to make the move from a technical or laboratory-based role into sales, you will be responsible for maintaining and growing an established customer base in the East Midlands and Southern England. Managing sales of additives, curing agents, fillers and extenders, Pigments, Resins, Rheology Modifiers and Waxes to the paints, inks and coatings, adhesives and construction industries, strong technical knowledge and intellectual curiosity are prerequisites for this role. Click here to find out more and apply.


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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.


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