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Associate Director Americas Polyurethanes Feedstocks in Houston - Enclave Pkwy

Associate Director Americas Polyurethanes Feedstocks

Houston - Enclave Pkwy

IHS Market Base Chemical Insights is seeking an Associate Director who will be responsible for market analysis and coverage of the Benzene and Propylene derivative markets (specifically MDI/TDI/propylene oxide/polyols/phenol/acetone) markets across the Americas, supporting IHS Market Chemical Market Advisory Services dedicated to these important markets.

Responsibilities shall include:

Regular writing of Monthly, Weekly and Annual reports describing polyurethane feedstocks and phenol/acetone markets - contract prices, margin analysis, supply demand and forecasts.

Construction and maintenance of short term and long-term supply/demand models:

  • Updates capacity database
  • Update quarterly supply/demand balances
  • Regular review of long term supply/demand balances used in published World Analyses and to meet the requirements of the IHS Markit Chemical Consulting Business.

Design, develop and maintenance of econometric models which determine production cash costs and margins.

Construct robust and defendable short term and long-term price and margin forecasts.

Support existing clients with a focus on increasing IHS Markit Chemical’s exposure inside client organizations

Continuous proactive marketing of related Market Advisory Services to meet annual growth goals:

  • Commercial focus to drive adoption of IHS Markit's Polyurethane feedstocks, Aromatics and Global Acetone services as well as World Analysis to meet specific goals.
  • Engage in sales discussions to be facilitated with client visit programs where possible
  • Develop strong connections to relevant industry associations and build network of industry contacts.
  • Present at client meetings as well as IHS Markit Chemical and industry conferences.

Provide written market analysis and reasoned forecasts to required Market Advisory Services while providing

support to the Chemicals Consulting Business for single client project work, as required.

Qualifications - External

Extensive technical and commercial experience in the petrochemical markets, with a primary focus in benzene/aromatics and propylene derivatives. Experience in phenol/acetone/MDI/TDI/propylene oxide/polyols would be a distinct advantage. Expectations include:

  • A thorough understanding of the Aromatics or Urethanes markets, and the key commercial drivers within the marketplace.
  • A robust network of established marketplace contacts
  • Experience may have been gained in production, conversion and / or distribution industries.


  • A chemical engineering degree is an ideal qualification but otherwise a good technical or commercial degree will be accepted combined with industry knowledge.
  • Must have excellent written / spoken English.
  • Proficiency with MS Office with specific emphasis on Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in public speaking environment in both small and large groups.
  • Must be highly motivated, able to work with minimum supervision and be able to work effectively and efficiently within a flexible global team environment.
  • Must be willing to travel frequently within North America and as necessary to other regions.

It is the policy of IHS Markit to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, IHS Markit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. We maintain a drug-free workplace. For candidates in the US, we are a participant in E-Verify (see link below).

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