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Stepan Company

Public Chemical 1,000 - 2,500 Employees 33 Active Jobs

Stepan Company was founded in 1932 by Alfred C. Stepan Jr., and the chemical manufacturing company remains family-owned today. Headquartered in Northfield, Illinois, Stepan manufactures basic and intermediate chemicals, including surfactants, specialty products, germicidal and fabric softening quaternaries, phthalic anhydride (P.A.), polyurethane polyols and special ingredients for the food, supplement and pharmaceutical markets.

Our Products


With more than 1,800 employees and 16 manufacturing locations worldwide, Stepan is one of the largest surfactant manufacturers in the world. Surfactants are a key ingredient in consumer and industrial cleaning compounds, and Stepan provides expertise for commercial and industrial applications, ranging from emulsifiers for agricultural insecticides to agents used in oil recovery.

Stepan offers a broad range of products, including a full line of anionic, cationic, nonionic and amphoteric surfactants, as well as surfactant blends and specialty esters. The company also creates custom surfactants and formulated blends to meet unique customer demands. 


Stepan Company is a leading manufacturer of polymers, including phthalic anhydride (P.A.), polyester polyols and specialty polyurethane foam systems. We marry our innovative STEPANPOL® polyol chemistry, vertically integrated supply chain, customized STEPANFOAM® foams and market-leading technical service to meet the needs of our global customers.

Specialty chemicals

Stepan produces other specialty chemicals, often custom-made to meet individual needs. These include flavors, emulsifiers and solubilizers used in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Global Reach

All of Stepan’s 16 manufacturing plants, located in 12 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, are ISO 9001:2000 certified. With global R&D centers, responsive sales and logistics organizations and a worldwide distribution network, Stepan offers a broad portfolio of products to customers in any location.

Our Distributors

As a global chemical manufacturing company, Stepan has established an effective global distribution network, utilizing qualified distributors and serving all targeted markets around the world. The company is fully dedicated to serving our small customers, and the distribution strategy is structured by geographic region.


At Stepan Company, our employees are our greatest resource. We’re committed to maintaining a working environment that empowers teammates to face challenges head-on and develop innovative solutions together. Working for Stepan, you’ll enjoy a rewarding and supportive culture that encourages continual growth and development. We offer a comprehensive total rewards package that provides outstanding pay and benefits for our employees. The package is designed to acknowledge individual and team achievements alike, and provides financial security for employees and their families. The U.S. Total Rewards program includes:

  • Medical, dental and vision plans
  • Flexible spending accounts (medical and / or dependent)
  • Savings and Investment Retirement Plan — 401(k) with 4% company contribution
  • Profit sharing / employee stock ownership plan
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Life insurance / AD&D insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • MetLaw (pre-paid legal plan)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • 11 holidays
  • Vacation
  • Annual incentive bonus program
  • Quality recognition program
  • Employee assistance program
  • Stepan wellness initiative
Compensation Stepan’s competitive compensation package reflects each of our global site's local market conditions. We have a Pay-for-Performance culture in which our employees are rewarded for their positive contributions and results. We align our compensation practices with Stepan's global strategies and objectives so everyone contributes to the company's growth and success. Benefits Our benefits vary by country, depending on local benchmarking, culture and practice. Benefits are competitive within each market and reflect Stepan's philosophy of engaging and motivating employees while maintaining total rewards best practices.

Career Opportunities

Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a publicly traded, international manufacturer of specialty and intermediate chemical products. As we continue to grow, we remain committed to developing practices and products that reflect our core values of responsibility, integrity and innovation in the chemical industry.

Our employees are our greatest resource, and we understand that the best results are achieved when diverse teams of talented people are empowered to create and champion solutions. Innovation, teamwork and quality are the core tenets of our culture, and we provide ongoing development and advancement opportunities for all employees — in our corporate offices and our manufacturing locations.


Stepan Company is committed to providing a safe, secure and sustainable working environment for our employees, customers, visitors and communities. As a charter member of ACC Responsible Care®, a voluntary initiative within the global chemical industry, we’re required to continually improve our health, safety and environmental performance. We’re also engaged in Global Product Strategy (GPS), and join in the commitment to making relevant product stewardship information on chemicals in commerce publicly available.