Site Operations Director

Date: May 8, 2024

Location: Baltimore, MD, US, 21226

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22916 

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

W.R. Grace Curtis Bay Works consists of 10 production plants that manufacture hundreds of products from four product lines:  fluid cracking catalysts, hydroprocessing catalysts, polyolefin catalysts, and silicas.  With approximately 500 employees, W.R. Grace is a significant employer in the Curtis Bay area.  More than half of the products manufactured there are exported at a value of approximately $150 million annually.


 We’re hiring a Site Operations Director who will report to the Sr. Site Director and be accountable for effectiveness of site wide operations and financial performance and serve as back-up for the Sr. Site Director. Responsibilities include:

  • Develops Operations Leadership team
  • Provides Area Operations Managers first line of support for resolving resource and coordination issues within the site – on and off-shift
  • Sets clear targets and Conducts Daily site-wide Performance Review
  • Determines and leads capital and cost reduction priorities site wide
  • Works with EHS&S, QA, Maintenance, Operations and Engineering Managers to drive continuous improvement and coordinate resources
  • Interfaces with corporate functional teams (Global Operations, EHSSQ, HR) and aligns priorities across
  • Ensures compliance with EHS&S standards
  • Coordinates staffing and determines proper staffing balance across the site
  • Accountable for the financial performance of each area.  Involved in the monthly S&OP process
  • Ensures inventory procedures are maintained and accuracy is consistent
  • Communicates daily and weekly site performance.  Coordinates lab priorities to meet operations needs

Physical Requirements and Environment

  • Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a pilot plant facility with highly hazardous materials
  • 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
  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb stairs and ladders over 100 ft.
  • Ability to work in a high hazard environment, including adverse weather conditions, elevated spaces, confined spaces, extreme temperatures, and noisy surroundings.
  • Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a laboratory environment with highly hazardous materials

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Chemical Engineering Preferred)
  • 15+ years of operations experience in manufacturing plants including leadership/management experience
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization  
  • Effective time management with the ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Experience developing employees, strong coaching 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Union experience highly preferred
  • Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt training 


Benefits Link:

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  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability 
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace 
  • Retirement Plans  
  • 401(k) Company Match
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Company Donation Match Program

One Grace Core Competencies

Values Differences
Customer Focus
Action Oriented
Ensures Accountability

Additional Leadership Competencies

Develops Talent
Drives Engagement
Drives Results

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Nearest Major Market: Baltimore