Do not be put off by its unexciting image: the distribution industry is full of dynamic, passionate and talented people - and it is always seeking more of them
Perceived as dull and uninteresting, the chemical distribution sector struggles to attract young talent. But dig beneath its unglamorous surface and you will find an industry that can offer an exciting, innovative and rewarding career. It is an industry where people are its major asset. But, for many distributors, recruiting and retaining staff is the biggest challenge they face.
"To excel in distribution, a person must be multitalented, dynamic, and of a high caliber," says John Robinson, managing director of distributor IMCD UK.
He adds that working in chemical distribution offers a very flexible and varied job, dealing with multiple products, customers and manufacturers. IMCD, like many others, prefers to recruit experienced staff from within relevant industry sectors.
Often, a distributor can offer a technical person working within quality control, production or research the chance to move into a commercial environment. Robinson says that as well as having a technical degree, applicants must also have strong interpersonal skills and a penchant for the commercial world.
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