Chemicals Sector Guide

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  • In the home, on the move, at work or at play, every one of us is in contact with a process or product manufactured in the chemicals industry.
  • It produces a wide range of components and processes which are needed to manufacture consumer and industrial products.
  • The chemicals industry supplies a number of sectors such as aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, personal care, agrochemical and home care.
  • The chemicals sector requires highly skilled people to work with innovative technologies. It accounts for more than 100,000 jobs in the UK and is continuously building a qualified workforce by recruiting STEM students and graduates.
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Sponsored by Croda
  • Croda creates, makes and sells speciality chemicals that deliver real benefits to a range of diverse products such as health and beauty, engine lubricants and vaccine adjuvants.
  • Croda is the name behind the high performance ingredients in some of the most successful brands in the world.
  • Croda’s business is split into three core sectors: Consumer Care, Life Sciences & Performance Technologies, and Industrial Chemicals.
  • Founded in 1925, Croda is now a global organisation with more than 5,600 employees in over 38 countries.

Croda Hub on Gradcracker

Croda offers students and graduates real experiences, real responsibilities and real jobs – in a variety of locations. If you’re interested in joining them, you can find out more about their opportunities on Croda’s Gradcracker hub.

A career path focused on individual growth

Their ‘Training for Graduates’ page outlines what Croda’s graduate programme involves. From residential training to rotational placements and projects, the programme has been devised to rapidly develop your skills and knowledge, and to prepare you for a future leadership role.

Part of the graduate programme involves some fun, lively and stimulating outdoor activities – see ‘Training and Development at Croda’ on their ‘Videos’ page to find out more.

Contribute to a healthier and cleaner world

On their ‘sustainability’ page, you can learn how Croda minimises its environmental impact. You can read about their sustainability programme, or view their latest sustainability report.

So, if you want to make an impact in your career, join Croda.

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Chemicals – Manufacturing
Sponsored by Johnson Matthey
  • Johnson Matthey is inspired by their vision for a cleaner and healthier world, today and for future generations.
  • As a global leader in sustainability, they harness leading-edge science and technology to deliver value for their customers and breakthrough results that enhance lives.
  • The company’s products are used in multiple industries, including energy generation and storage, chemicals, pharmaceutical and medical, oil and gas, agrochemicals and fertilisers, food and beverage, and automotive.
  • Johnson Matthey is looking for talented graduates who want to make a difference to join their science, commercial and operations teams.

Johnson Matthey Hub on Gradcracker

Johnson Matthey offers a graduate direct entry route, and a graduate programme – both of which provide challenging opportunities to learn and develop. You can find out more about the company’s different graduate career paths on their Gradcracker hub.

Apply cutting-edge science

We recently hosted a fantastic webinar with Johnson Matthey, in which we heard three unique stories from its graduates. Watch the webinar on the company’s hub to find out what you could get up to if you were to join them.

Contribute to a healthier and cleaner world

Want to be inspired? Discover the various ways Johnson Matthey is improving people’s lives and the planet – from creating active pharmaceutical ingredients for cancer medications to producing emission control catalysts for new cars.

At Johnson Matthey, you’ll work with the very latest science and technology, and develop deep expertise and technical ability in your chosen field. Find a place to grow at Johnson Matthey.

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Sponsored by Mitsubishi Chemical
  • Mitsubishi Chemical is one of the world’s largest chemical producers, supplying a wide range of sectors from automotive and electronics to medical and sport.
  • The company is the biggest global producer of methacrylates – the building block of all acrylics.
  • In the UK, Mitsubishi Chemical has four operational business areas – Methacrylates, SoarnoLTM, Electrolyte, and Specialty Polymers and Resins – located throughout the North East and East Yorkshire.
  • Mitsubishi Chemical has manufacturing sites, sales offices and distribution networks across Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Mitsubishi Chemical Hub on Gradcracker

We hosted a webinar with Mitsubishi Chemical, in which we spoke to its European Recruiter and some of its graduates. Watch the webinar on their Gradcracker hub to hear how you could help develop innovations and processes that are changing the world.


Mitsubishi Chemical has a unique philosophy which is encapsulated in the Japanese word KAITEKI – using science and innovation in a sustainable way to ensure the well-being of people, society and the planet. You can learn more about KAITEKI, and how everyone at Mitsubishi chemical plays a part in it, on the company’s hub.

Join a global leader in innovation

There’s a really useful overview of Mitsubishi Chemical’s application process on their hub which outlines what you should expect, from first spotting the job on Gradcracker, to the final interview.

Help change the world – apply to Mitsubishi Chemical today.

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Sponsored by INEOS
  • INEOS is a privately-owned global petrochemicals manufacturer, operating in 194 sites across 29 countries.
  • The company generates $61 billion annually and has over 26,000 employees in 36 different businesses.
  • INEOS products form the basis of industries that touch our daily lives – from medicines to mobile phones; agriculture to automotives; construction to technology and textiles – and include components essential for renewable energy.
  • INEOS is also making an impact across a range of elite sports and becoming increasingly known to consumers, with the launch of its Grenadier 4x4 and INEOS Hygienics.

INEOS Hub on Gradcracker

If you’d like to join INEOS, don’t miss the GC Webinar on their hub. You’ll hear some excellent guidance for future applicants on how to succeed during the recruitment process, and two INEOS graduates describe how their journey on the programme has given them unique experiences, both in the UK and abroad.

Are you IN?

You can join INEOS either on one of their core graduate programmes in engineering, commercial or other functions, or as a direct entry graduate. Have a look at the ‘Graduate routes’ page to find out more and to see which would suit you best.

The Namibian challenge

Unique to INEOS is the opportunity it gives its graduates. In the fourth year of the programme, you’ll be invited to take part in the adventure of a lifetime – cycling, running and climbing in the remote Namibian desert. Head to their hub to find out more about this amazing opportunity, and to review past trips.

Start your career with INEOS – and your ideas could change the world.

Visit the INEOS Hub
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