Jean-Claude Adelbrecht - from research to business development

There’s never a dull moment – and that is what I love about my job.

Jean-Claude Adelbrecht

Executive Business Development Manager

Jean-Claude began his career as a chemist before finally taking up the role of business manager. He joined BASF in 2017. The aspects of his job in business development that he loves most are the variety and the opportunity to work together with so many different cultures.


Since earning my PhD in chemistry from Imperial College London and completing my postdoctorate at Aachen I have been working in industry, where I have held several positions. I started as an application chemist in Switzerland and became a business manager in 2008, before moving to the Netherlands in 2011 and finally to BASF (hte) in Germany in 2017 to work in the same role. Today I work there as an Executive Business Development Manager. I strive to find solutions to address the requests of our customers, which involves various activities such as marketing, strategic planning and the coordination of a team across several departments. I enjoy working worldwide and getting a glimpse into the culture of our customers, building relationships with them, and handling upcoming challenges with pragmatism, empathy and lots of interaction. It never gets boring – and that’s why I really love doing what I do.

For me, it was crucial to identify with the culture and team spirit of the organization. To achieve this, I did not hesitate to explore other job opportunities until I found what best suited me.

To sum up my job, I would say that it requires a relentless passion to explain, an unwavering will, a resilience to adversity, and also problem-solving skills as things rarely happen as they were originally planned. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is that every failure is a step toward success, giving you the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and move a step forward. It is also important to pay attention to red flags – in many cases, when it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t.