Lubricants Jobs On The Rise

The lubricants industry, a cornerstone of machinery and industrial operations, is undergoing a transformative phase, marked by technological advancements, sustainability imperatives, and a shifting market landscape. This evolution brings forth a spectrum of new and emerging roles, paving the way for diverse career opportunities within this dynamic sector.


One of the most prominent shifts in the lubricants industry is the growing emphasis on sustainability. This drive has given rise to roles such as Sustainability Specialists who spearhead the development of eco-friendly lubricants and implement practices that reduce environmental footprints while ensuring optimal machinery performance.

New or existing jobs we expect to see more: Sustainability Communication Specialist, Carbon Footprint Analyst, Sustainability Supply Chain Manager, Eco-Labeling and Certification Expert, Sustainable Packaging Innovator, Life Cycle Assessment Analyst, Green Chemistry Specialist, Environmental Impact Assessor

These roles reflect the industry’s commitment to sustainability by integrating environmental considerations into every aspect of lubricant production, distribution, and usage, creating a more environmentally responsible and efficient sector.

Supply Chain

Within this evolving lubricants landscape, the supply chain — the backbone of the industry — is witnessing the emergence of novel roles that are redefining traditional practices and shaping a more resilient, efficient, and sustainable future.

For example, Supply Chain Optimisation Specialists streamline the complex processes involved in sourcing, production, and distribution of lubricants. Their focus includes sustainable sourcing, efficient logistics, and reducing environmental impact along the supply chain.

New or existing jobs we expect to see more: Supply Chain Digitisation Specialist, Sustainability Supply Chain Manager, Risk Management and Resilience Strategist, Supply Chain Data Analyst, Reverse Logistics Specialist,  Circular Economy Experts.

These emerging roles underscore the industry’s response to multifaceted challenges while capitalising on opportunities in a rapidly changing landscape. While technological advancements drive efficiency gains, sustainability principles are becoming integral to every aspect of the supply chain.

Technology, Digitalisation & Big Data

In the modern age of industry, the convergence of technology, digitalisation, and big data is reshaping the future of the lubricant sector. This transformation is not merely about lubricating machinery; it’s a revolution powered by a set of emerging roles that leverage technology to drive efficiency, innovation, and sustainability.

New or existing jobs we expect to see more: IoT Implementation Engineer, Data Analytics Specialist, Data Analytics Architect, Digital Product Development Innovator, Digital Transformation Manager, Lubricant Systems Cybersecurity Analyst, Machine Learning Engineer, Augmented Reality (AR) Technician, Blockchain Integration Specialist, Digitalisation Project Manager, AI-Enabled Lubricant Formulation Scientist, Remote Monitoring Technician

Collaboration between these positions will allow for a more connected, data-driven, and efficient lubricant industry. However, challenges such as cybersecurity threats, data privacy concerns, and the need for continuous technological adaptation remain pertinent in these emerging roles.

Science, Research & Innovation

Innovation is also a driving force reshaping the industry’s future. Finding ways to master friction creates a wave of emerging roles set to enhance efficiency and deliver groundbreaking advancements.

New or existing jobs we expect to see more: Tribology Engineer, Data Analyst in Tribology, Chemical Engineer, Nanotechnology Scientist, Advanced R&D Chemists, Materials Scientist, Sustainability Innovation Manager, Sustainable Packaging Innovator, Lubricant Testing and Quality Assurance Manager, Renewable Energy Lubricant Innovator, Biodegradability Scientist

Collaboration among these experts brings a collective pursuit of groundbreaking solutions, charting a course towards lubrication that’s not just functional but elevates machinery performance to unprecedented levels.

Compliance & Governance

With tightening regulations concerning environmental impact and safety standards, Regulatory Experts ensure that lubricant production and usage align with stringent norms, fostering responsible industry practices.

New or existing jobs we expect to see more: Regulatory Compliance Manager, Sustainability Compliance Analyst, EHS (Environment, Health, and Safety) Manager, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Ethics and Compliance Officer, Supply Chain Governance Manager, Data Privacy and Protection Officers

These roles illustrate the expanding landscape of Compliance and Governance within the lubricant industry, reflecting the industry’s commitment to meeting regulatory requirements, fostering sustainability, and maintaining ethical standards across all operations.

Diversity & Inclusion

As more and more lubricant companies strive to diversify their workforce further, we predict diversity-specific roles will be on the up, with jobs such as Head of Diversity & Inclusion making their way into company organisation charts.

New or existing jobs we expect to see more: Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategist, Ethics and Compliance Officer, Community Engagement Specialist, Supplier Diversity Manager, Diversity Trainer and Educator.

The emergence of these roles signifies a fundamental shift in the lubricants industry, embracing social responsibility, ethical conduct, and diversity as essential components of success which will also bring better profitability through improved problem-solving, the ability to capture new markets with innovation and growth sales.

The future of lubricant workplace

The landscape of careers in the lubricants industry is evolving, driven by innovation, sustainability imperatives, and technological advancements.

Professionals entering this field have the opportunity to contribute to a sector that is not only essential for machinery operations but also at the forefront of adopting sustainable and cutting-edge solutions to meet global challenges in the energy transition.

As the lubricant industry continues to evolve, it offers an exciting array of avenues for those seeking to shape the future of lubricant technology and practices.