Operations Supervisor

Date: Nov 15, 2023

Location: Baltimore, MD, US, 21226

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22563 

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

Grace is seeking an Operations Supervisor to join our K-1 Plant Team at our Curtis Bay, MD facility. The Operations Supervisor directly supervises employees in the chemical manufacturing setting and reports to the Operations Manager.


  • Assure regulatory compliance, including environmental and process safety, and a safe workplace for all employees and address hazards, deviations, and injuries in a timely manner
  • Analyzes production to estimate worker hours and create production schedules that meet both internal and external needs
  • Responsible for start-up, shutdown and normal process operation to include manual operation of the process using field controls
  • Directs response to emergency situations to include emergency shutdown procedures
  • Coaches and counsels operations personnel in the assignment of duties
  • Interfaces with others in the organization to ensure customer deadlines are met
  • Inspects and measures product to verify conformance to specifications. Utilizes quality control system, SPC and response charts to implement corrective actions in a timely manner
  • Directs workers in adjusting equipment and processes to correct products which fail to meet quality standards
  • Establishes or adjusts work procedures to meet production schedules
  • Complete all regulatory testing and conduct safety meetings for operations personnel as required
  • Enter SAP notifications as required for maintenance
  • Inform operations personnel of planned maintenance by action as a liaison between maintenance and operations through effective communication
  • Develops, recommends, and implements measures to improve production methods, equipment performance, and quality of product
  • Analyzes and resolves production issues to include enforcing labor relation's policies and resolving grievances

Physical Requirements and Environment

  • Ability to work in a high hazard environment, including adverse weather conditions, elevated spaces, confined spaces, extreme temperatures, and noisy surroundings.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb stairs and ladders over 100 ft.
  • Must be willing to wear PPE (Personal Protective equipment) including but not limited to hard hat, protective eyewear, steel-toed boots, hearing protection, Level A suit, full face respirator

Required Qualifications

  • BS degree in Business or STEM curriculum plus (5) years experience 
  • Or (10+) years’ experience in manufacturing field with high school diploma or general education degree (GED)
  • Must be able to work 12-hour shift work to include both days, nights and weekends
  • Demonstrated experience with interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work
  • Previous experience with appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and conflict resolution

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated leadership ability to direct and motivate employees
  • Demonstrated ability to act in a safe manner and teach employees on safety standards
  • Proficient in MS Office


  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace
  • Retirement Contribution Plan 
  • 401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Company Donation Match Program

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.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore