Apr 24

Business Manager – Durban

A well-known successful manufacturing company with products such as white oils, paraffin waxes, base oils and speciality petrochemical products has a vacancy for a Business Manager.

The position is based in Durban with a customer base across South Africa.

The role has primary responsibility for all sales activity for assigned product streams and manages the full business relationship with actual customers.

Also Identifies potential customers and converts potential to actual customers

And identifies opportunities for new products, applications etc.
Through working with other functional teams they will optimise the H&R business performance.

Key Responsibilities:
Manage existing customers

  • Maintaining and developing a positive relationship
  • Manage pricing to customers
  • Develop customer buying to grow business through expanded product offering
  • Payment collection and compliance with credit policies
  • Manage customer quality requirements

Bring new customers on board

  • Through variety of channels identify new customer leads
  • Engage with potential customers and convert to buyers
  • Identify new market opportunities
    • Customer intelligence
    • Competitor information
    • Market trends
  • Working relationship with other H&R functional teams
  • At all times work in compliance with statutory laws and company policies and procedures

5 key competencies:

  • Personal Credibility
  • Customer Orientation
  • Results Orientation
  • Thoroughness
  • Self confidence


  • Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Ability to manage own time effectively.
  • initiative

Qualifications :

  • Relevant technical degree (Chemistry/Chem.Eng.) and Commercial or Business qualification
  • Min of 3 years Technical sales experience, pref in Petrochemical industry.
  • Report Writing and Presentation skills are a prerequisite.
  • Strong numerical skills
  • Competent in CRM, ERP systems (JDE, SAP)
  • Strong IT skills including MS Office, Excel and Power point.

Valid Driver’s license.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Should you wish to apply please send your CV to Nicola.lang@hur.com



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Apr 24

Speciality Chemicals Function Manager

The Job
The Specialty Chemicals function within this business supplies  various products sourced from 3rd party manufacturers located globally. Its customer base is a broad range of industrial businesses for use in their manufacturing processes. It is the smallest of the functional units having only been in existence for 3 years, but has enjoyed significant growth and success in that time.

We are looking to add resource to this function and the role will have responsibility for all aspects of the specialty chemical function in Africa. The three core areas of focus for this job role.

  • Customer ~ Retain existing customers and identify and bring in new customers. Expanding the contribution by both volume and product portfolio growth.
  • Supplier ~ Manage and expand the business relationship with existing suppliers. Identify and negotiate with new suppliers to expand the product portfolio
  • Internal functions ~ Work with other functional managers and their teams to achieve the required support to meet functional objectives

Skills, Knowledge & Experience:
Critical Behavioural Profile

  • High customer orientation and intercultural competence
  • Independent, self-directed, hands on and motivated.
  • Able to initiate and close negotiations
  • Influencing skills to achieve results
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • High attention to detail and thorough.
  • Very strong self-management


  • Very experienced negotiating with customer’s senior management level
  • At least 10 years Product Management experience preferably supplying to the Homecare, Personal Care or Pharmaceutical markets.
  • Good understanding of and experience in raw material supply chain distribution from supplier to customer.
  • Experience with dealing with foreign principals on an agency or distributor basis
  • Previous experience negotiating with and supplying to multi-national companies. Includes working with open book costing models
  • Can work to identify root cause problems and develop solutions relating to customers product requirements.
  • Proven experience in business development within South Africa, but preferably including the African continent, backed with concrete measurable results.
  • Able to undertake International and local travel when required. Valid SA drivers licence.

Educational Profile

  • Having the required skills and Behavioural Competencies and demonstrating the appropriate experience are the critical requirements of this job role rather than any formal academic qualification.
  • Whilst no specific tertiary educational requirements are stipulated the candidate must be able and confident to communicate and engage with technical specialists across scientific, engineering and technical areas
  • Candidate does need strong IT competency

Interested applicants can send a CV to : jobapplicationx1089@gmail.com


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Apr 20

Subject: R & D Technician – Kempton Park

R & D Technician – JHB

Antiseptol is a contract manufacturer, producing a variety of chemical products (specialising in cosmetics, primarily hair care products for the salon market).
Job Title
Research and Development Technician

Kempton Park

Purpose of Position
According to its growth and sustainability plan, Antiseptol is looking for a research and development specialist to contribute to, amongst others, the end-to-end development of new products and the optimisation of existing hair care products.

Research and development of new products
Accurate testing of products developed
Stability testing & reporting of all products developed
Optimisation of current products in order to improve the use, appearance and smell, manufacturing methods, raw materials used, etc
Source and/or test alternative raw materials for suitability & compatibility.
Keep up-to-date with new raw materials and potential future products coming to the market.
Assist the QC department with technical (product) issues they may have.
Assist the QC department in determining how, if possible, to rework reject material.
Determine suitability of plant equipment for scaling up of product manufacture from lab scale.
Help manufacturing operations by expanding compounder skills
Aid in the development of specifications and quality standards for raw materials and final products.
Assist marketing with generation of content including claims, packaging requirements and designs.
Develop customer required product information (MSDSs, ingredients lists, etc)
Develop and maintain manufacturing and quality systems to establish standards related to activities and products, measuring and correcting performance as required.
Testing of claims made on products developed.

Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills

A relevant tertiary degree/diploma (such as Coschem)
Knowledge of chemicals used in the cosmetic industry (specifically hair care)

At least 2 years of related R&D experience in the personal care (preferably hair care) industry.

Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills
Problem solving
Manufacturing, Quality and R&D knowledge
Health and safety
Basic finance
Computer literacy (Word, Excel, Google Docs and Google search)
GMP/OH&S competency
Laboratory etiquette/basic laboratory analysis techniques

Personal Characteristics
Integrity, proactive, self motivated, committed to continuous improvement and personal development, time conscious, team player, accurate, innovative, confident.
Able to work accurately under pressure.

For more information about Antiseptol, see our website: www.antiseptol.com

Closing date for applications: 11 May 2018

Send applications to careers@antiseptol.com


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Apr 20

Subject: Technical Sales Representative- JHB

Technical Sales Representative -JHB

Well known and stable commodity Trader has a vacancy for a Technical Sales Representative – Personal Care who will sell raw materials into the aforementioned sector. This dynamic, driven negotiator will ensure that revenue and GP targets are met consistently.

Manage and grow existing and new customer base within the prescribed territory.
Manage and grow product offering by identifying client needs.
Managing supply contracts with customers.
Exceed sales budgets.
Provide excellent customer service and satisfaction.
Create strong relationships with clients and colleagues.
Report back to management all relevant information (written and verbal).
Handle and manage all customer enquiries.
Cold calling.

Marketing qualification or related.
A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a Business to Business sales environment.
2-3 years’ experience in the personal care industry.
Computer literate in Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Pastel.
Valid Driver’s license.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Should you have any queries please call Antoinette or Bianca on 0861 FENRIS (336747). Please send your CV’s to antoinette@fenris.co.za


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Apr 07

Sales Professional – Personal and Health Care-JHB

An opportunity has arisen to join the Croda sales team.  Reporting to the Regional Sales Manager, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining sales to a wide range of consumer care accounts.


Qualifications / Skills / Experience


  • Matric
  • BSC /National Diploma in Chemistry / Commercial degree will be an advantage
  • Minimum 5-year sales experience within the Personal Care and Pharmaceutical sector
  • Experience in handling Key Accounts
  • Own vehicle and driver’s license

Due to the field-based nature of this role, applicant must be self-motivated and be able to demonstrate exceptional personal management skills.


Interested parties should apply to:




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Mar 28

Administration Controller – Glen Anil, Durban, KZN

JOB TYPE – Permanent


SALARY – Negotiable based on experience




Well established, national chemical distribution business that has recently opened its KZN branch. The business represents several global, highly regarded ingredient manufacturers and supplies raw materials into the cosmetics, personal care, fragrance and flavour market segments. Our growth into the KZN market has resulted in this vacancy which is to be based at our new warehouse and office space in Glen Anil, Durban North. There is huge scope for growth with this role, as our KZN office is still very new and as the business grows so will the role responsibilities and associated rewards.




First and foremost, we are looking for a customer-centric champion above all else. The successful candidate must have an excellent telephone, email and face to face manner, and represent our client service philosophy to the market in everything they do. We are looking for a highly organised person, with good energy levels and someone who is very strong on keeping all aspects of the office administration and customer sales support functions running smoothly.



This role will cover all aspects required to keep the backend office administration functions of this small but growing branch running smoothly. These include, but not limited to:

  • Handling inbound/outbound calls from customers and suppliers.
  • First point of contact for visitors to the KZN office – The friendly voice and face that represents our business!
  • Documentation management and filing.
  • Stock management/control on Sage 1 accounting system.
  • Basic bookkeeping duties (Debtors/Creditors/Invoicing/Reporting) on Sage 1.
  • Customer support on orders and enquiries.
  • Ensuring the customer is the focus at all times, while keeping the supporting documentation and office processes flowing in the background.



  • Matric certificate and ideally some tertiary studies relevant to this role and/or industry.
  • At least 2 years experience within a similar office based role.
  • Previous bookkeeping experience using Pastel/Sage/Quickbooks or similar reputable accounting systems.
  • Tangible evidence by way of references or customer testimonials of the candidates client-centric focus in the work place.
  • Previous personal care/fragrance/flavour industry experience will be highly advantageous.


Interested parties to send their CV to kyle@fourchem.co.za


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Mar 19

Fragrance Applications Technologist-PTA

Sensory FX is seeking an experienced and talented Fragrance Applications Technologist for a permanent position at our head office in Centurion, South Africa.


The Fragrance Application Technologist position in our Research and Development team is to support a progressive and innovative product development and sales strategy in the Africa region. The successful applicant will need to have experience of selected cosmetic, personal hygiene and various cleaning applications, ingredients and processes with practical experience in the customer product-manufacturing environment. A good understanding of many of the fragrance reactions/interactions in common cosmetic products with the ability to successfully lead selected industry projects and to translate market trends into innovative products for selected customers. In addition the applications technologist serves to guide and assist the fragrance technologists during the project brief and product creation processes. This position will also be responsible to provide accurate guidance to the sales team on industry and product trends.


  • Execute brief-related tasks including fragrance selection, product evaluation and application development.
  • Serve as technical expert and advisor to marketing, sales, fragrance creation and customers for specific applications.
  • Lead evaluations of fragrances in fragrance applications for briefs, research projects and portfolio evaluations.
  • Actively maintain the fragrance performance data for the fragrance portfolio through evaluation of finished product and capture of profiles.
  • Identify appropriate fragrance delivery systems and technologies for customer projects in specific applications and select optimal fragrances for projects according to specified requirements (i.e. customer, regulatory, legislation, cost)
  • Maintain a safe, clean and organized lab environment in accordance with EH&S policies and hold others accountable for following these guidelines



Skills: Your professional profile includes:

  • Degree or qualification in Cosmetic Science / Consumer Science or equivalent
  • Previous work experience with required fragrance segment (cosmetic, personal and home care products).
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience as application technologist in the fragrance industry, or in R&D department / cosmetic, personal or home care product development with a good understanding about manufacturing processes in the related industry
  • Aware of industrial constraints
  • Able to work with standard processing equipment
  • Experience in the use of fragrances
  • Passionate about fragrances and personal/ home care products; well-developed sensory skills
  • Well developed Project management skills: taking the project lead, arranging the team to work within a project; executing, monitoring and finalizing each project successfully.
  • Initiative, curious, self-motivated individual striving to meet and exceed customers’ aspirations & expectations


If you are looking forward to a challenge and think you have what it takes, please forward your CV to francois@sensoryfx.co.za




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Mar 19

Production Manager – CT

Position Available for Factory Production Manager Cape Town

A position has become available for a Factory Production Manager at a skincare/bath and body Manufacturing Company, with the production capacity of 15’000 units per day.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:



  1. Organize and oversea the manufacturing plant.
  2. Organise maintenance, repairs and servicing of all machinery and equipment.
  3. Maintain our safety procedure systems.
  4. Planning and organizing production and scheduling.
  5. Ensure that health and safety regulations are met.


  1. Grade 12 (Matric) or tertiary qualification.
  2. Excellent leadership and communication skills, written and verbal.
  3. Advanced knowledge of MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  4. Proven management skills.
  5. System/Mechanical orientated person.
  6. Five to ten years years experience cosmetic manufacturing.

Further Requirements:

The successful candidate must have a high work standard, be able to work under pressure with problem solving skills and a attention to detail

Please send cv toNick@scentpac.co.za

Salary negotiable based on experience.

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Feb 19

Production Manager – KZA

Position Available for Factory Production Manager (Cleanroom Cosmetic Manufacturing) – KZN

A position has become available for a Factory Production Manager at a State of the Art Cleanroom Cosmetic Manufacturing Company, with the production capacity of 90’000 units per day, which is based just outside of Ballito.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:


  • Organize and solve any issues that arise to ensure a smooth efficient production is maintained.
  • Control the workshop hours as per required to meet the timeframes.
  • Liaise with all necessary parties.
  • Organize machinery and vehicle maintenance, servicing and repairs to maintain the continuous operation of the factory.
  • Keep the motivation and harmony alive in the factory and ensure start to finish times are maintained for optimum productivity.
  • Maintain our safety procedure systems.
  • Planning and organizing production schedules.
  • Ensure that health and safety regulations are met.
  • Oversee the production process.
  • Selecting, ordering, and purchasing of materials.



  • Grade 12 (Matric)
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
  • Proven management skills
  • System orientated person


Additional Requirements:

  • Excellent professional work standard.
  • Ability to work under pressure, multitask and handle priorities simultaneously.
  • Problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy
  • Must demonstrate excellent business and personal ethics
  • Basic knowledge of ISO and production costings

Please contact Lucelle Munsamy- Admin@kanysa.co.za

Or call 031 003 9911 for more information.

Please do not apply if you do not meet the criteria set out for this post.

Salary negotiable based on experience.


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Feb 12

Cosmetic Chemist/Sales Executive – JHB


The candidate must be a cosmetic chemist with a keen interest in sales. This position will include product development, formulations combined with a technical sales role to the cosmetic industry

Reporting to: Sales Manager

Qualifications and experience required:

Cosmetic Science Diploma

5 years’ experience

Proof of having successfully formulated and launched a product into the market


Product development


Market research

Local and African sales

  1. Drive sales into cosmetic industry in order to achieve set sales targets
  2. Client visits
  3. Research into and opening up new markets
  4. Maintain sales volume, product mix, and selling price by keeping current with supply and demand
  5. Formulate sales reports
  6. Sales administration
  7. Keeping sales data
  8. Remain up-to-date with point of sale information, stock availability, price strategies, and long-term negotiated activity while keeping the team updated on all issues


  1. Regularly review customer service levels with key customers
  2. Ensure good relationship with clients
  3. Liaise with production and logistics re customer service


  1. Attend weekly sales meetings


  1. Complete weekly sales reports with actions and objectives
  2. Forward all reports to the Operations and Sales managers


  1. Liaise with quality control to ensure that the correct specification of correct product is delivered
  2. Liaise with production and dispatch to ensure customer orders are delivered at the right time and place

Interested parties are to send their cvs to




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