Global Specialist Executive Search & Career Development

Chemical Search International Expertise & Experience

Since we launched in 2000 Chemical Search International has worked across the chemicals value-chain on many different assignments. Many of our searches are cross-border and international and we have successfully completed roles in almost every European country, North America , Russia & CEE, Middle East, India, China and South East Asia.

Sector Expertise

Chemicals | Petrochemicals, industrial chemicals, polyolefins, basic polymers, chlor-alkali vinyl, fertilizers, catalysts, additives, antimicrobials, personal care, ingredients and other fine chemicals.

Materials | Plastics of all types such as polyurethanes, engineering polymers, coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers, composites, textile fibers and some nanotech-based materials.

Resources | Minerals, rare-earths, metals, water technology, industrial gases. Increasingly involved with the oil sector, conventional and shale gas and green and renewable technologies.

Biosciences | Pharmaceutical actives, agrochemicals, contract research and manufacturing, white and green biotechnology, drug delivery, natural products, FFF, nutraceuticals.

Function Expertise

We have experience placing business leaders up to GM and CEO level, chemicals and related consultants up to SVP level, most commercial functions up to VP or Director level, R&D and Innovation up to CTO, manufacturing roles to Plant Manager, plus occasional senior appointments in finance (CFO), operations (COO) and regulatory (Director).

Client Expertise

We have worked for manufacturers, distributors, traders, technology spin-outs, financial institutions and consulting companies. Our clients have ranged from a handful of employees who need a C-level executive, to SME’s (up to ~$1bn turnover) where we generally place directors or senior managers, to global multinationals where we tend to place managers and specialists.

For references or examples specific to your interests, please contact us

Examples of previous assignments
  • VP / Principal Consultant | M&A | Energy & Chemicals London, UK, Europe
  • Group Operations Director NW, United Kingdom, Europe
  • General Manager | China Shanghai region, China, Asia
  • President Japan Tokyo, Japan, Asia
  • Vice President / Principal | Energy & Chemicals Consulting Houston, TX, USA, Americas
  • General Manager | Biochemicals South UK, Europe
  • Business Development Manager USA | 'Green' Solvents Flexible base USA, Americas
  • General Manager (Interim Role) Nigeria / Elsewhere, ME / Africa
  • Site Director | Fine Chemicals North-West UK, Europe
  • Business Development Director | Revolutionary Polymer Technology London UK | Flexible Base, Europe
  • General Manager | Germany, Switzerland & CEE Germany, Europe
  • Sales Manager – Industrial Coatings & Adhesive-Sealants Flexible home base, USA, Americas
  • Vice President, Commercial UK / NL, Europe
  • General Manager | Italy Milan, Italy, Europe
  • Vice President, Supply Chain & Operations UK, NL, or France, Europe
  • Chief Financial Officer New York City, Americas
  • General Manager | Chemicals Trading Geneva area, Switzerland, Europe
  • CEO / GM Chemical Sales and Distribution | Africa Dubai, ME / Africa
  • Managing Director | Europe & Middle East North Germany, Europe
  • European Sales Manager | Flexible Packaging Adhesives Flexible base DACH, France, Spain, Europe
  • Regional Sales Manager | Southern Europe France, Europe
  • Site Director | Fine Chemicals North-West UK, Europe
  • Head of PET & RPET Consulting UK or Singapore base, Europe
  • Global Category Manager, Industrial Chemicals (Oxo-Alcohols) Houston, TX, USA, Americas
  • Regional Sales Manager - Biocides & Additives, Benelux Home based, Netherlands / Belgium, Europe
  • Head of Procurement Houston, TX USA, Americas
  • Senior Manager, Strategy Consulting | Chemicals Houston, TX, Americas
  • Corporate Development Director | Specialty Chemicals Central London, UK, Europe
  • Global VP Sales | Contract Manufacturing Flexible base, Europe
  • Business Development (MD Designate) USA Detroit / Atlanta areas, USA, Americas
  • Managing Director (Designate) Geneva area, Switzerland, Europe
  • General Manager | Chlor-Alkali Producer Kuwait, ME / Africa
  • FT Catalyst Development Leader | Catalysis Company UK, Europe
  • VP Sales | Water Technology Company Belgium, Europe
  • Board Chairman | PE-backed Disruptive Materials Company Midlands, UK, Europe
  • Toxicology Consultant | Global Multinational Manufacturer Koln Area, Germany, Europe
  • European Technical Manager - Polyrethanes | Market Leader PU Producer Milan Area, Italy, Europe
  • Plant Manager | Global Specialty Chemicals Producer Bristol Channel Area, UK, Europe
  • Global Head of Plastics Futures Trading | Global Trading Company London, UK, Europe
  • Fluorine Chemicals General Manager | Start-Up Distributor Houston, TX, Americas
  • Principal Consultant, Potash & Fertilizers | Global B2B media company London, UK, Europe
  • Sales Director EMEA | Performance Tapes Manufactuerer Flexible base, Europe
  • Head of R&D Nitriles / Emulsion Polymers Asia | Leading Global Manufacturer Malaysia, Asia
  • Senior Principal Analyst- Energy & Petrochemical Feedstocks | Global Consultancy Houston, TX, Americas
  • Regional Sales Executive, Germany, Austria, Switzerland | Thermoplastics DACH Region, Europe
  • Head, Global Polymers / Materials Team | Leading producer of lifesaving products Norway, Europe
  • CEO - Crop Protection Technology | VC-Backed University Spin-Out The Netherlands, Europe
  • Chief Technology Officer | Custom Synthesis & Manufacturing India, Asia
  • Operations Manager | Dispersion (Emulsion) PVC Producer Texas, Americas
  • General Manager | Ion Exchange Resins Producer Hangzhou, China, Asia
  • European Sales Manager | Entrepreneurial Carbon Black Producer Poland, Europe
  • Asia Sales Director (MD Designate) | Specialty Minerals Singapore, Asia
  • International Procurement Manager | Latin Amercian Chemicals Distribution Houston, TX, Americas
  • European Technical Services Manager | Polyester Polyols Manufacturer Poland, Europe
  • Production Consultant | Paraformaldehyde Manufacturer Indonesia, Asia
  • VP Manufacturing (COO Designate) | Speciality Chemicals Manufacturer Mumbai, India, Asia
  • Key Account Manager DACH & CEE | PVOH Manufacturer Germany, Europe
  • Chief Financial Officer | VC-Backed CO2 Capture Technology London, UK, Europe
  • General Manager | Coatings and Adhesives Manufacturer Cairo, Egypt, ME / Africa
  • Carbon Fibre Consultants | Global Chemicals Company China, Asia
  • Gobal Consulting Lead - Chlor Alkali Vinyls | Global Consultancy Houston, TX, Americas
  • Pyrotechnics Chemicals Expert | Interim role, leading manufacturer Spain, Europe
  • CEO Agrochemicals | Leading fine chemicals company India, Asia
  • Managing Director Europe | Global Biocides Producer Germany, Europe
  • Chief Technology Officer - Novel Polymers | VC-backed start-up UK, Europe
  • Vice President, Research & Development | Advanced Electronic Materials Chicago, USA, Americas
  • Managing Director, Fine Chemicals | API and Finished Dose Manufacturer Mexico, Americas
  • Business Director, Coatings Additives | Leading Additives Manufacturer New Jersey, USA, Americas
  • European Director, Regulatory Affairs | Global Biocides Major Germany, Europe
  • General Manager | Rare Earths Manufacturer Mongolia, China, Asia
  • Business Planning & Development Manager | Petrochemicals Major The Netherlands, Europe
  • Director-Europe & Middle East - Olefins | Global Consultancy London or Dusseldorf, Europe
  • European Commercial Director | FMCG Food Sector Scotland, UK, Europe
  • Commercial Director (Main Board) | Plastics Distribution South, UK, Europe
  • Global Head of Plastics Futures Trading | Global Investment Bank London, City, Europe
  • Sales Executive - Fine Chemicals | Distribution Company UK, Europe
  • Senior Principal Analyst EMEA | Nylon and Polyester Fibres Flexible, Europe