Chemical and Process Industries

The Chemical and Process Industries – with a tradition of strong, insular company cultures, slow and steady career progression, heavy emphasis on technical skills, and promotion from within – now have compelling reasons to adopt more creative, proactive, and outward looking talent development strategies.

Consolidation has increased the size and complexity of many Chemical and Process Industries operations, driving demand for more leaders who can effectively lead complex matrixed organizations and manage on the international level.

In emerging and fast-growth markets, many firms in the Chemical and Process Industries now seek to replace expatriate managers with difficult-to-find local candidates who possess deep understanding of hotbeds like China, India and Brazil. In the Middle East, energy suppliers are moving downstream, building and operating massive new CPI complexes with inherent cost advantages, for which they require skilled technical personnel as well as seasoned executives with demonstrated ability to manage large-scale operations.

Established players in Chemical and Process Industries are migrating toward specialties, where they can earn higher margins and offer products the emerging players cannot. The shift to specialties creates demand for expertise not plentiful in this Operations-focused sector. Chemical and Process Industries businesses need to attract fresh talent in brand strategy, marketing, key account management and product innovation.

Demographics will compound the talent challenges in the Chemical and Process Industries. Large numbers of baby boomers are nearing retirement and the next generation is thin in this sector after decades of streamlining, consolidating and delayering. Yet the rising generation of leaders must be more diversely skilled than those they will replace. The new breed of Chemical and Process Industries leader must work effectively with global constituencies, perform well under public as well as internal pressures, and rally organizations to make operations more safe and sustainable, as well as more efficient and profitable.

Comprehensive Talent Development

Egon Zehnder brings comprehensive talent development capabilities to Chemical and Process Industries:

  • CEO Search & Succession
  • Board Consulting
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Appraisal and Development
  • Team Effectiveness ReviewsOnboardingFamily Business Advisory

Our consultants are “insiders” who maintain strong networks and stay closely attuned to developments in the Chemical and Process Industries. For clients in this sector, we have identified top leaders and attracted them to key Executive and General Management roles, and functional leadership positions such as Operations, Technology, Supply Chain, Commercial and Shared Services. Our practice will work with you to pinpoint your most critical current and future talent needs, then map where to find that talent anyplace in the world, to build your prioritized talent pipeline.

As important, we are prepared to constructively challenge your thinking and help you move toward a more creative and expansive talent development strategy – one that encompasses all the competencies your enterprise will need going forward, effectively develops the talent you already have in house, and integrates the best talent from outside industries. We can help you objectively assess your leaders’ and candidates’ competencies not only against others in Chemical and Process Industries, but against relevant benchmarks in other industries, using our unmatched database of thousands of management appraisals conducted across 69 Egon Zehnder offices worldwide.

We also excel at CEO and Board succession planning, and can help senior executives, top leadership teams, and Boards to measurably increase their effectiveness and successfully assimilate new talent.

Clients First

Our unique organizational structure puts clients first. Egon Zehnder operates as a single global profit center, fostering an unusually collaborative culture. Our Chemical and Process Industries experts work seamlessly with colleagues worldwide to access the best available talent, regardless of a candidate’s nationality or position geography.

Egon Zehnder provides you distinctly personal service while mobilizing the global resources, knowledge, and relationships that deliver extraordinary value.

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Hear from Chemical and Process Industry Leaders on the Evolving Dynamics of Emerging Markets at Egon Zehnder’s 5th Annual Chemical Forum, June 16 at the Langham Hotel in Philadelphia.