Holiferm invites applications from inspired, innovative and outstanding individuals for a full time technical and commercial surfactant role.

Holiferm is facilitating the transition of the $36 billion surfactant market from harmful, oil based chemicals to biobased alternatives by working with the current market leaders to provide a collaborative innovation platform.

Holiferm recently agreed its first technology license with a field leading surfactant company and received series VC funding, positioning us to significantly grow the business, enabling technology scale up and the application of our technology to molecules of interest in collaboration with a number of production companies, all activities in which the applicant will play a key role.

We believe collaboration between companies, disciplines and individuals are the best ways to develop the biosurfactant industry and our company, and the applicant will have the opportunity to broaden their skill set by working with field leaders around the world, within a dynamic and friendly working environment. We offer a competitive pay package and benefits to attract incredible individuals to join our team and are currently based in Manchester, UK.

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating with customers to support the formulation and application of biosurfactants to grow the market, working with the fermentation team to meet and exceed customer requirements. The role will involve working with the fermentation team to ensure effective phase separation can be achieved for application of technology to additional molecules. The appointee will build the biosurfactant market, promoting biosurfactants through conferences, events and direct contact with relevant companies, which may include obtaining certification and understanding regulations and ensuring biosurfactants of interest can be sold in key territories around the World. There may also be opportunities for the candidate to work towards the development of additional biosurfactant separation and purification techniques.

Candidate requirements

We are seeking highly motivated innovators who want to challenge themselves and others and fit well with our company philosophy, and first and foremost, get things done! The individual should have;

• Initiative and drive to forge new links with potential customers.
• Knowledge of surfactant behaviour and formulation.
• A strong understanding of phase behaviour of surfactants.
• Exemplary communication and presentation skills, particularly for working with customers and the fermentation team.
• Excellent time management and organisational skills.
• Sector specific sales experience and capability.
• Willingness to travel internationally for collaborative projects and attendance at conferences.

• Specific knowledge of biosurfactants, in particular glycolipid biosurfactants.
• Understanding of lipid/surfactant quantification and purification techniques.
• Strong language skills, particularly Mandarin and Japanese, and to a lesser extent Portuguese, French, Korean, Spanish and German.
• PhD or similar development experience in formulation of lipids or surfactants.

To apply, please send a CV with covering letter to, or email for further information. Position intended to begin early in 2019.