At CalaChem we offer fantastic opportunities to develop your skills and enhance your career in an exciting and fast moving environment.

Working at CalaChem

You will have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of professionals in manufacturing, quality, safety, engineering, commercial, supply chain and research and development.

Based in Grangemouth, Scotland, CalaChem is perfectly located in the heart of the Scottish chemical industry. Our proud heritage stretches back over 90 years and we have long established relationships with our major customers.

CalaChem consists of the following three diverse business units which provide a rich variety of employment opportunities:

  • Contract Manufacturing Services – we manufacture agrochemical actives which are used in the protection of crops and specialty chemicals and biocides which are used in a variety of industries.
  • Environmental Services – we have our own on-site large scale Effluent Treatment Plant which treats aqueous waste generated from industrial processes.
  • Property and Site Services – on our Grangemouth site we have offices and laboratory space available for rent and land for sale for industrial development.

At CalaChem we are committed to protecting the safety, health and environment (SHE) of our employees, contractors, customers and the community. We believe a strong SHE performance and culture is essential for the success and growth of our business.

Our customers choose us to make their products and supply services to them, safe in the knowledge that we protect their own reputations by managing processes safely and protecting the environment around us.

CalaChem is a great working environment and the roles we offer are challenging, busy and exciting. If you are looking for an opportunity to make a real impact and make a vital contribution to the future success of CalaChem then it would be great to have you join the company.

If you are looking to move to the region, then Grangemouth and the surrounding areas can offer you an excellent quality of life. The region has competitively priced housing, excellent transport connections to Edinburgh and Glasgow, good nurseries and schools and a host of opportunities for your leisure and social life. In addition to this the world renowned Universities in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling are all accessible in under an hour.


Employee Testimonials


“I started on site during the ICI days over 25 years ago as an Instrument Apprentice. As the site changed hands I gained experience in a number of roles within Zeneca, Avecia and Kemfine including: Engineering Maintenance Technician, Manufacturing Technician, Engineering Planner, Maintenance Manager, Utilities Efficiency Manager, Construction and Contracts Manager before becoming the EC&I Responsible Engineer with CalaChem.

I am now a member of the Senior Leadership Team and hold the position of Head of Technical. I am responsible for leading the long term development of business while improving the plants overall safety, environmental performance, reliability and cost performance.” – Robert McCubbing, Head of Technical


“I have been working at Calachem since 2012 as a QC day shift analyst. I have enjoyed working in a good environment with a good group of people.

This role has given me a great deal of experience in interesting and crucial techniques like GC, HPLC, ICP and LCMS. I have also been able to get involved in the vent monitoring side of the department. Using a broad range of techniques to test various sample points across the entire manufacturing site. This side of the job has definitely let me see a different view of the way the company operates.

I recently completed a secondment to work in method development, allowing me to gain more knowledge while dealing with the introduction of methods and instrumentation.” – David Bradshaw, Quality Control Delivery Analyst


“After spending 24 years in the oil industry, I decided to take a job back onshore to be closer to my family. My transferrable skills were well suited to the position and I’ve found the job to be very similar to my previous role offshore.

As Safety Advisor with the company, I’ve found the people at CalaChem to be my main reason for enjoying working here. We have a close knit workforce of outstanding professionals who actively contribute to a positive safety culture. The company has also recently enrolled me on the Management Development Program. Good to see them investing in people.” – John Stodart, Health and safety Advisor