Case Studies

Analytical Services Manager


Our client is part of an International Chemicals Group, a leading, ‘revolutionary’ catalyst company, with strengths in process catalysis, environmental catalysis and fuel cell technologies. These technologies are contributing to fundamentally transforming today’s industries and creating new ones in renewable energy arenas.


We were requested to undertake a tailored search for a very specific technical role that was expected to be extremely difficult to appoint, due to the exacting combination of requirements.

We were looking for an Analytical Services Manager with an Analytical Chemistry or related PhD background and highly specific expertise, including in certain Surface Spectroscopy techniques, such as XRF.

The role was to give plant support, improve processes and introduce new product development. Besides other technical expert requirements the role also had a wider people and service provider perspective, managing a team and liaising cross functionally with R&D, Technical, Projects, Plant Manufacturing, Maintenance and Commercial. It additionally had a remit to develop EHS and Quality systems in a COMAH environment, liaising with wider group to drive new processes and initiatives.


Through a dedicated and an intensive search, we were able to pinpoint and network in highly targeted sectors and arenas to find the right person. Through our competency interviews we were able to select an experienced candidate with the potential to further develop in the role and company longer term and essentially, with the relevant people skills needed to succeed effectively in this role.

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