Business Manager (Chemical Industry)

Work-Life Balance

Leeds city centre location with excellent public transport links, family friendly and flexible working hours, 23 days holiday on starting plus UK Bank holidays, company wide bonus scheme, open plan office with free fruit, tea, coffee and juice, casual dress Fridays

Health and Wellbeing

Free standard eye tests, family healthcare/private medical scheme, wellbeing initiatives, free counselling app for all employees

Community and Volunteering

A chance to be involved in our CSR initiative, the 2M STEM programme, volunteering within schools, volunteer paid time off – 2 days per year

Career progression and life-long learning

Study support and study leave for professional qualifications, excellent and genuine career progression opportunities, option to apply for the 2M Future Leaders’ programme

Surfachem is looking for an exceptional Business Manager with a commercial mindset. Core responsibilities will be to manage existing distribution deals to maximise business opportunities, volume and revenue.

Surfachem is a leading global distributor of speciality chemicals. Focusing on the personal care, household and industrial care and pharmaceutical industries, we work in partnership with a range of consumer goods manufacturers. From start-ups, to supermarkets and multinational brands, our ingredients are a fundamental part of your everyday routine.

This exciting new vacancy is based at our head office in central Leeds, however due to the recent global situation, the role will be very flexible, with working from home arrangements available.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with current principals
  • Communicate policies/strategy for existing distribution deals to all relevant departments
  • Communicate new product launches internally to staff and ensure appropriate training is organised for all employees
  • Co-ordinate joint visits with principals, to customers, to heighten the profile and strengthen relationships
  • Maximise business potential with existing principals, considering new product areas and territories
  • Compile reports, including market feedback on competitor activity
  • Have a detailed knowledge of the product portfolio
  • Understand the market and competitor profile for each of the product areas
  • Lead all price and service negotiations to secure the best package for the Company

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree educated in Chemistry or Life Sciences with Business modules.

Skills Required

  • Knowledge or a keen interest in the cosmetics, beauty, pharmaceuticals, home care and cleaning industries
  • Outstanding communicator
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Comprehensive understanding of Microsoft Office.
  • Forward thinker who can identify opportunities for business development.
  • Commercial acumen
  • The ability to work both autonomously and within a wider team


To apply for this role, please email with an up to date CV detailing how your experience matches the requirement of the role.

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