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Posted 15th Feb 2017


Managing Director (Designate)
Chemicals Trading and Distribution
Location: Geneva area, Switzerland (Europe-West)
Package: Significant CHF Six-figure package
Advertiser: Chemical Search International Closing Date: 1st Apr 2017
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Ref. Number: 1000882

Job Description:
Our client is a highly successful and well established privately-owned petrochemcals and industrial chemicals marketing and distribution company headquartered in the beautiful Lake Geneva area of Switzerland and with offices in China. The company's principals include some of the world's largest chemicals manufacturers where they pride themselves on technical value-added, strong long-term personal relationships and real service excellence.

Growth and succession in the business has led to the need for a key appointment. Reporting to the Executive Chairman, the MD Designate will initially take leadership of a new or existing product line vertical during a well-planned transition phase. After this the new MD will have responsibility for all global commercial activity and day-to-day management of the business and staff. It is anticipated the role will involve ~50% driving global deals and managing his/her own P/L, 40% overseeing P/L's of the rest of the commercial team and 10% working with the Executive Chairman on new initiatives and general management activities.
Candidate Requirements:
you will most likely have 15-20 years experience in a senior international commercial positon within a chemicals distribution company, trading company, manufacturer or possibly consulting company (provided you have strong and recent prior experience working in an operating company).

The company's current product lines include higher olefins, heavy alkylates, high purity paraffins and performance chemicals, HOWEVER your experience could be in any area of industrial chemicals including polymers or larger volume products. Personal and transferable skills as indicated below are far more important than specific sector background.

Key criteria are:

- You must have a degree or higher in chemistry, chemical engineering or a related technical subject
- You must have a keen understanding of chemistries, manufacturing processes and end-use markets
- You must have an entrepreneurial spirit and relish the freedom / informality of a smaller company
- You must be a doer be skilled in execution have lots of common sense and be able to take the initiative
- You must be able to spot opportunities through a combination of product and market intelligence
- You must be an effective communicator in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual environment
- You must have a strong work-ethic and have discipline and persistence
- You must be likeable, approachable and genuinely enjoy meeting people
- You must have strong ethics and understand what’s fair
- You must have fluency in English as the company language
- You must be able to travel for extended periods worldwide
- You should have working fluency in a second or more language
- You should have an understanding of risk, logistics, INCO terms
- You should have gravitas and be able to inspire others by your example
- You should have experience managing and developing other people


* The role will command a significant CHF Six figure salary
* It will include profit share and benefits plus relocation if needed
* The family lifestyle attractions of the area are also significant
Advertiser Details   Contact Details
Chemical Search International is an executive search consultancy specialising in the global chemicals, resources, materials and life-science sectors. To discuss this role before applying, please email sjo@chemicalsearch.co.uk stating the assignment number. Please note: 1. Only candidates considered the most suitable will be contacted. 2. We normally work on a strictly exclusive basis, so any applications sent direct to our client will be returned to us. Thank you for your understanding.   Chemical Search International
+44 (0) 207 1010 802
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