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Manager/Director, Business Development

Manager/Director, Business Development

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Ashland has a great opportunity for a Speciality Chemical Professional in Business Development. The Business Development position has the primary responsibility of identifying new M&A and  strategic partnership opportunities globally for Ashland’s Industrial Specialty commercial unit.


The specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Complete global market analysis of key players in each relevant space, with the objective of identifying potential acquisition and commercial partnership candidates
  • Form relationships with the key players identified above
  • Pursue strategic relationships/M&A, as appropriate
  • Liase with Strategy & Corporate Development group for all M&A activities (transition project leadership to this group at appropriate point in candidate discussions)
  • Participate in due diligence/integration activities as requested


**This job is based on a ladder structure and the job level (salary) will be determined by the quantity and quality of your experience.

**This position is located in Wilmington, DE.


  • Commercial experience of 8-10 years minimum required
  • Background in specialty chemicals preferred, including knowledge of key markets and competitive dynamics
  • Demonstrated ability to network throughout an industry required
  • Demonstrated ability to create alliances and partnerships required
  • Excellent communication skills and business acumen required
  • Prior exposure and direct involvement to the “front-end” of M&A transactions required
  • Technical capabilities, with an ability to quickly grasp new concepts and ideas required
  • Financial acumen and knowledge of basic financial concepts (IRR, NPV, etc.) required
  • 50% travel, including international


TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, please select the Apply button. If no Apply button is provided, please visit Ashland's Career Center. Once there, enter job number 2017-6851 in the Keyword Search field to find this posting and apply on-line.


NOTE:  We do not accept resumes from external staffing agencies or independent recruiters for any of our openings unless we have a signed recruiting agreement in place to fill a specific position.


Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a premier global specialty chemicals company serving customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical. At Ashland, we are 6,000 passionate, tenacious solvers - from renowned scientists and research chemists to talented engineers and plant operators - who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems for customers in more than 100 countries. Ashland also maintains a controlling interest in Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV), a premium consumer-branded lubricant supplier. Visit to learn more.


Ashland. always solving


We are passionate, tenacious, solvers who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems in applied chemistry, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the competitiveness of our customers across diverse industries.


Our people—molecular scientists, chemists, process engineers, logisticians, research scientists, economists, analysts, compliance auditors, salespeople, safety experts and more—are distinguished by their ability to create and apply specialized chemistry in ways that enable customers to amplify the efficacy, refine the usability, add to the allure, ensure the integrity, and improve the profitability of their products and applications.


The Ashland Way


Our vision, mission, way and values are the foundation for what makes Ashland, Ashland. What we aspire to accomplish, how we work every day toward that vision, and the way that we do things are what give substance to the promises we make to each other, customers and investors.


Our vision is to make a better world by providing creative solutions through the application of specialty ingredients and materials.


Our mission is to develop practical, innovative, and elegant solutions to complex problems in applied chemistry, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the competitiveness of our customers across diverse industries.


Our way is to respect, protect, and advance the people we work with, companies we serve, shareholders who invest in our future, communities we’re a part of, and planet we share.


Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. 

Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


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