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Operations Manager

Date: Jan 29, 2023

Location: Albany, OR, US, 97322

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 21289 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

Are you seeking a job to lead and drive manufacturing operations, performance, safety and inspire others to join you? Do you have prior experience leading a team within a manufacturing setting? If so, our opportunity as an Operations Manager for our Albany, OR may be a fit. We produce a portfolio of products for the specialty plastic and pharmaceutical industries. The diversity of the processes and materials at the site provides an energetic and dynamic work environment.


The Operations Manager is responsible for managing manufacturing production operations in accordance with all company EH&S, PSM, quality, environmental, and customer requirements.


  • Direct reports may include:  Shift Supervisors (4), Day Shift Supervisor (1), Production Engineers (3). Indirect reports to include:  Training Coordinators (2), Waste Water Lead Operator, and 36 Chemical Operators. 
  • Responsible for MFG production schedule execution and working with staff to resolve problems impacting schedule. 
  • Establishes MFG product priorities weekly and working with Shift Supervisors on execution. 
  • Establishes Production Engineering priorities and aligning focus on current and upcoming production requirements.
  • Responsible for metrics reporting i.e.  actual performance against production goals and resolving problems preventing goals from being achieved.
  • Responsible for operator training program and overseeing the development of Junior Operators into Level A Chemical Operators. 
  • Works closely with Process Technology group scaling up processes from R&D to full scale production manufacturing.
  • Works closely with Maintenance Manager to ensure plant maintenance priorities are aligned with production needs.
  • Works with EH&S on completing incident investigations, determining resolution, and case management for all incidents as required. 
  • Works with EH&S Dept to ensure all EH&S policies and procedures are adhered to in production.  Works with EH&S Dept to make improvements to policies as required.
  • Works with Process Safety Dept to ensure PSM policies and procedures are adhered to in production. Works closely with PS Dept to make improvements to policies as required. 
  • Works closely with HR Manager to resolve all department HR issues in addition to filling job vacancies.  
  • Works closely with all department managers to optimize the operation from raw material on time delivery to final product shipment to customer.     

Required Qualifications

  • 10-15 years’ experience working in a chemical plant with five + years of supervisory experience.
  • BS in an Engineering field, Chemical Engineering preferred.  Chemistry or Technical degree with appropriate industrial experience also considered.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Proven mentoring experience and success
  • Proven leadership experience
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office suite


Preferred Qualifications

  • SAP experience a plus
  • GMP/cGMP experience helpful
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing experience a plus #WRGrace


  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance from start date
  • 401(k) match from start date
  • Additional retirement plan
  • 3 weeks of Paid Vacation
  • 40 hours of Personal Holiday
  • Sick Leave

Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.

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