2023’s top 6 chemicals industry roles

Posted on 27 December 2022

​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 6 chemistry roles for regulatory, technical and sales professionals and graduates. Remember, there is no such thing as the perfect candidate, so if any of these roles strike a chord or if you’ve spotted any other positions on our site that you’d like to apply for don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can discuss your options and coach you through the application process. With more than 30 years’ experience in chemistry and recruitment we are experts in finding the right role for you.


1.    Senior / Principal Consultant – Sustainable Chemistry

In at number one, we have an amazing role for a regulatory manager or assistant. The incredible range of benefits include a 12-week sabbatical after five years work, a £40 - £50k starting salary and career progression with an international employer. UK and EU candidates will be considered and we’re expecting a lot of interest for this position, so get your applications in now. A full job specification and further details of how to apply can be found here.


2.    Part or Full Time Production Manager

Next up we have an ultra-rare flexible working technical role. Offering part- or full-time hours, you’ll be to overseeing the fast-paced production of industrial paints and training and mentoring apprentices. This role is ideally suited to someone with broad experience in dispersion and milling equipment, colour matching and quality control procedures. Offering an attractive salary, it’s an ideal next step for a production operative or manager seeking to learn and progress within a dynamic environment. Full details on the role and how to apply can be found here.


3.    Sales Executive - Training for Technical Person / Graduate

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to develop a career in technical sales. Working with an international chemicals distributor focused on sustainability and circularity, the ideal candidate will have a good technical background in coatings, adhesives, sealants, and polymers.


This is an ideal role for anyone looking to make the move from the laboratory into sales. Providing full training, the opportunity to travel in the UK and Europe, an attractive salary and extensive benefits it’s an opportunity not to be missed. Click here to find out more and apply.


4.    Technical Sales Account Manager – Pharma & Fine Chemicals


A unique opportunity to work with a leading speciality chemicals distributor, to maximise pharmaceutical and fine chemical sales, increase the customer base and develop new markets in the UK and Ireland. You’ll be fully supported by the organisation’s high-profile suppliers and internal colleagues. The role offers a very competitive salary and extensive benefits including a group profit share scheme and pension. To find out more and apply click here.


5.    Technical Sales Executive - Chemicals for Plastics & Composites


An exciting and highly successful UK distributor is looking for a Technical Sales Executive who will be responsible for delivering sales in line with the company strategy, by actively managing existing accounts and targeting new businesses within the plastics and composite sector. A good technical understanding of thermoset, epoxy and polyurethane technology and chemistry along with applications is essential. In return, the organisation is offering £50 - 60k starting salary, company car, bonus, and a host off added benefits. Find out more here.


6.    Science Graduate


The ideal first step for anyone looking to pursue in chemistry this leading speciality chemicals distributor is growing and looking for enthusiastic people to join the team. You will have a science degree and be confident in dealing with people on the phone and in person. Full commercial training and support will be provided as you discover the exciting world of pharmaceutical manufacturing & fine chemicals manufacturing. A keen interest in science and technology innovation is the key to securing this role. Find out more and apply here.


With plenty more exciting 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.


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