Careers at Stepan

You would be amazed at what you hear when we ask people why they chose to work at Stepan, what attracted them to our company and why they said YES!

We frequently hear about how they were inspired by our sustainability efforts and products and how we take personal development and career planning seriously. But most often, it is because we enjoy working with one another.

Join our team of talented professionals who make a valuable contribution to our organization and know the impact they have on our company’s success.

Stepan Company has gained a firm footing in the chemical manufacturing industry since its establishment in 1932. Through science we develop and manufacture specialty ingredients that are used in a multitude of end-use products from drywall to shampoos. Our products insulate offices, disinfect hospitals, paint walls, clean clothes, condition hair and much more. All our teams come together to manufacture a variety of specialty ingredients that people, businesses and institutions use every day. Our work has a meaningful impact on the health and quality of life of people all over the world.

We are on a mission to create innovative chemical solutions for a cleaner, healthier, more energy efficient world. Stepan Company employs more than 2,200 employees across our locations to enable our customers to be successful.

Stepan knows that meeting the needs of our stakeholders in the chemical manufacturing industry requires a diverse team of talented people who feel empowered to make decisions and create innovative solutions to complex challenges. If you are looking to join a community of talented, hardworking people, take a look at our career opportunities. We look forward to getting to know you better through the process. 




Stepan Corporate functions provide strategic leadership and tactical support to our business teams around the world. We strive to leverage our relationship-driven culture to proactively meet the needs of our organization and our customers.

Our global headquarters is comprised of two offices in Northfield and Northbrook, Illinois. Located just 30 miles north of Chicago, our corporate teams include the following functions:

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Sourcing
  • Logistics
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Quality
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Human Resources

Our corporate functions offer dynamic and flexible career path opportunities. We are committed to providing ongoing development for our employees through training and stretch assignments. We also encourage our employees to apply for new positions within our organization.

Our information technology (IT) department delivers business solutions that ensure the efficient operation of our global business. The Stepan IT department is comprised of a diverse, skilled group of information technology experts providing high-quality services and project delivery in our Illinois-based headquarters and 18 manufacturing plants around the world.

Each unit within the department supports our global growth strategy by developing, implementing and supporting business applications and technologies. Together, the teams provide reliable and secure telecommunications and computing services for the entire organization.

Stepan’s IT department is paving the way for the continued success of the company. Join our IT department if you are looking for a role that leverages your technical skills to make a meaningful impact on the organization every day.

Stepan R&D teams across the world strive to deliver products and technologies that make a difference and meet the emerging needs of our customers and society. Our ambition is to innovate, bring science to sustainability, and turn local insights into global solutions. We do this by creating work environments that emphasize trust and collaboration, foster productive and versatile teams, and by developing excellent leaders.

We invest over $50 million in R&D every year, with teams in Brazil, China, France, Mexico, Poland, Singapore and the United States. This includes investments in new instrumentation and technologies to equip our scientists with the tools they need to solve customer problems.

Stepan’s 230+ scientists and engineers have opportunities to contribute in diverse ways, from early stage research on molecular design and modeling, to partnering with customers on new product concepts through small scale production to commercialization. 

Stepan R&D regularly recruits experienced and graduate scientists in the following areas:

  • Chemical synthesis
  • Formulation science
  • Process chemistry and engineering
  • Materials science
  • Analytical science
  • Microbiology

The synergy of scientific and business knowledge is important to fulfilling our mission of providing innovative solutions for a cleaner, healthier, more energy-efficient world.

Our sales professionals leverage their technical backgrounds, knowledge of Stepan’s product portfolio and market insights to engage in meaningful conversations with current or potential customers and help answer their questions. Some of their best partnerships are often working with a formulating chemist right at the lab bench.

Stepan also has dedicated marketing resources including Business Development Managers, Market Managers, Data Analysts, and Marketing Communications Specialists that specialize in identifying emerging markets and chemistries, portfolio diversification, market insights, data analytics, and integrated marketing management and promotions. 

Stepan offers a unique opportunity to participate in our rotational sales and marketing internship and training programs. Our programs expose college students or recent graduates to how we run our businesses. We guide them through meaningful projects that give them invaluable experience while directly impacting Stepan’s success. A win-win for the student and the company!

Our supply chain includes the entire production flow starting with sourcing of raw materials for products all the way to delivering products to our customers.

To accomplish these tasks, Stepan’s supply chain has five components:

  1. Planning
  2. Sourcing
  3. Making
  4. Delivering (logistics)
  5. Enabling

Supply chain management affects product and service quality, delivery, costs, the customer experience, and ultimately profitability. Exceptional supply chain management minimizes cost, waste and time in the production cycle. It is critical to enabling the organization’s growth and long-term stability.

Supply chain functions offer excellent work experiences and career paths. We embrace flexible career development and encourage our employees to continuously improve their skills. The interconnected nature of supply chain allows great mobility for employees seeking to gain new experiences by taking new roles. 

Our Values

Stepan is committed to sustainable business practices and the growth of our employees. We believe that the way to operating a successful business is through empowering our employees by ensuring that they are equipped with the right skills to achieve their professional goals in an encouraging environment.

If you are looking to apply your skills in a highly collaborative environment, Stepan Company is the place for you. We may be a global company, but the feeling around the office and with our customers is collaborative and intimate. We operate on a global scale while maintaining a community-feel where each employee’s contribution matters. You'll connect with colleagues in your field of discipline as well as other areas of the company to build an enterprise perspective and expand your skills.

At Stepan, we value:

Helping You Achieve Your Goals

We are focused on the continuous improvement of the people in our organization by providing opportunities to develop their skills and competencies. We offer a variety of professional advancement opportunities through training and education to help our employees achieve their professional goals. One example is our implementation of “Time to Talk” interactions between managers and employees to share feedback on performance and discuss career aspirations. 

What We Offer

We recognize that the success of the company depends on the health, safety and motivation of our employees. Stepan offers a comprehensive total rewards package* that includes compensation and benefits. Compensation and benefits vary by region but are carefully selected based on the health and safety standards in each region. Our rewards extend beyond the workplace to support our employees’ well-being and personal pursuits. Examples of the rewards we offer include, but are not limited, to:

  • Retirement savings
  • Competitive pay and bonus rewards
  • Programs to support families and community engagement
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Medical, dental, vision, and medical prescription coverage

Browse our open opportunities to learn more about competitive benefits in your region.

*Reward programs vary around the world. Apply now to learn more about benefits in your region.

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