BASF is the world’s largest chemical company. We create the chemistry that makes your life better – from producing products that help clean the air and clean the water, to the foams in your tennis shoes, sofa and bicycle helmets, to cosmetics and personal care products like makeup, body wash and laundry detergent, to the medicines that help you get well and stay well - the work that BASF does touches your every day life. BASF needs people with all variety of different skill sets both technical and professional. Some of our technical roles include chemists, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, process operators, instrument technicians, researcher scientists, mathematicians, bioinformatic specialists, construction workers, business specialists, technology managers, IT managers, machinists, technicians, and safety specialists. Then for our professional roles we seek accountants, healthcare experts, public relations professionals, videographers, graphic designers, talent advisers, business administrators, social media specialists, government relations practitioners, policy specialists, legal experts, human relations directors, and more. If you can think of a job, we probably have it here at BASF.
LANDING JOBS AT OUR COMPANY
We recommend students study the topics they feel passionate about and we also recommend they explore new subjects that they may have never heard about before. We have positions in all types of fields, especially fields in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Careers in manufacturing are wide and varied and the courses of study differ based on various positions you might be interested in. The level of education needed to work at BASF varies – some positions require a college degree or even a master’s degree or doctorate, while others require a high school degree or some level of technical training.
OTHER SKILLS YOU’LL NEED
BASF hires the best talent from around the world. We are looking for people from diverse backgrounds who are solutions-oriented with a strong work ethic. Each individual position at BASF has its own specific skillset that aligns with success, and people who work at BASF each develop their own personal development plan with their manager that allows them to broaden their skillsets.
BASF is committed to helping people live their best life, and that includes opportunities to grow your career within the company, from climbing to corporate ladder quickly into a leadership position or broadening your skills to dive deep into technical solutions. BASF offers opportunities for pay increases, bonuses, international travel and positions around the globe. Wherever you want to go, you can do it with a career at BASF.
BEST PART OF WORKING HERE
BASF is a wonderful company to work for. It puts people first with a big emphasis on diversity and inclusion and also on safety. Many people spend their entire careers with BASF because the company values its talent and works to retain top talent.
The most fun and challenging thing about being at BASF is the variety of work. Although it can be challenging to be in a job where things are always changing, it is also one of the most fun things about being a part of this company. There is never a boring day and I am constantly learning new things!
BASF employees over 117,000 people at our sites around the world and we have offices and manufacturing facilities across the United States and around the globe on every continent in places like Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.
The employment outlook in the chemical manufacturing industry is strong because we make the products that make life better for people every day. For example, our Agricultural Solutions business is working to make heartier seeds about to withstand the elements better to put food on your plate. Our Care Chemicals division creates products that go into cosmetics, detergents and more like dishwashing liquid, disinfecting wipes, shampoo, and more. Our catalysts division offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products including advanced battery materials.
We offer a wide array of internships for college students. Any junior in high school can apply for Science Academy. Our other programs are state or site specific and include TECH Academy (LA and TN), Teens Lab (AL), job shadow days, scholarships, career fairs and talks and co-ops.
One thing I would tell my younger self when it comes to thinking about a career is to explore subjects that seem unfamiliar to see if there are things out there that I may enjoy that I never would have thought about. Then once you feel passionate on certain topics, continue to study those topics to make a career out of something you love.
OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE
Each site within BASF has its own community engagement program and finds ways to contribute to the communities we are a part of. We offer community advisory panels to educate and engage neighbors and people in our communities. BASF provides a wide array of scholarships to college-bound students who plan on a career in STEM. We also offer many educational opportunities such as partnerships with local schools to create individualized programming. Volunteer opportunities vary site-to-site but many of our employees volunteer with the Red Cross, at local food banks, with non-profit organizations such as Junior Achievement and more. We offer community clean-up days after storms and provide many community services. We also make significant donations to community organizations such as the United Way.