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Director/Associate Director, Polymers

S&P Global
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
Apr 28, 2023

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description

Grade - 12/13 (For Internal Purposes only)

The Role: The successful candidate will become the 'face' of S&P Global Commodity Insights business in one or more petrochemical value chains. This integral position within the Chemicals business unit will develop and manage insights and forecasting products, have deep market and subject matter expertise to build long-term value for clients. The successful candidate will have commercial and/or corporate planning experience, will have excellent communication skills and bring with them a network of industry contacts.

The candidate may already have spent time in market research and consulting roles as a specialist. Entrepreneurial with the gravitas to represent the organization across the C suite. World class presentation skills with the expectation the candidate will represent the company as a key note speaker at industry events.

The main responsibilities are (but are not limited to) as listed below.

Become the recognized expert/face of S&P in your assigned areas of responsibility:

Polymers - EMEA
  • Maintain and develop knowledge of the state of the market
    • Industry dimensions: size of market, regional growth rates, trade patterns
    • Keep abreast of price movements, underlying feedstock price movements, new capacity announcements and other industry news (Platts reports, MAS reports (if still available) and other industry commentaries)
    • Maintain knowledge of key players in each region. Market structure - main net buyers/sellers
    • Understand process technologies and production economics
  • Build relationship/partner with the Platts price reporters. Understand Platts Petrochemical Analytics offering and provide support where necessary.
  • Understand interfaces and dependencies on other parts of the company and collaborate where required eg feedstocks interface with Fuels team.
  • Develop and maintain own/S&P industry view
    • Short- and long-term supply-demand, price and margin outlooks.
    • Maintain a state of the industry presentation for use by yourself and other colleagues
    • Thought leadership
  • Develop client relationships.
    • Develop and maintain a list of key market contacts
    • Proactively visit for BD; share our industry outlook.
  • Respond to client queries
  • Support Expert Calls
  • Speak at WPC 2023 and other industry conferences
Project Orion - restoration of base chems capabilities:
  • Support build of historical and forecast capacity data; supply-demand balances; prices and margins
    • Input to design/structure of database
    • Support analysts. Where necessary, get hands dirty in the data
  • Assist design and inform forecasting process, providing expert review and quality control/sign off on forecasts
  • Own your part of the database.
  • Update select CEH reports as we transition to our own dataset.
  • Provide input/commentary on new products and services
  • Work with product management and assist in defining the new commercial model for chemicals IP
  • Assist with Voice of Customer (VOC) interviews and general client feedback
  • Support new business development. Forward leads: assist account managers to understand client needs and formulate value propositions
  • Support consulting projects as the expert in your product or value chain
  • Assimilate data researched by Consulting into the Chemicals database

Education Required:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering/Chemistry/Polymer Science or suitable numerate discipline
  • MBA an advantage
Work Experience Required:
  • 15+ years of career experience in a chemical operating company and/or market research and consulting
  • Significant experience in market intelligence, strategic planning, production planning, writing of detailed market or technical reports, leadership experience an advantage
  • Career tenure spanning multiple roles
Skills Required:
  • Strong technical understanding of manufacturing from an operational, and market perspective
  • Strong data and analysis skills, with keen attention to detail
  • Hands-on experience with petrochemical processes, modeling, petrochemical feedstocks, derivatives and end use markets
  • Strong knowledge of manufacturing/marketing economics and capital investment economics
  • Strong client interaction skills while exhibiting a high degree of customer empathy
  • Demonstrated track record of team collaboration and achieving results
  • Candidate must be willing to travel, both domestically and internationally
About S&P Global Commodity Insights

S&P Global Commodity Insights enables organizations to create long-term, sustainable value with data and insights for a complete view on the global energy and commodities markets. For more information, visit

Equal Opportunity Employer

S&P Global is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law. Only electronic job submissions will be considered for employment.

If you need an accommodation during the application process due to a disability, please send an email to:" "and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person."

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Job ID: 283410
Posted On: 2023-03-31
Location: London, London, United Kingdom

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