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Plant Manager

Date: Oct 11, 2021

Location: Baton Rouge, LA, US, 70805

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Job Description

We’re hiring a Plant Manager for our Baton Rouge, LA, site who will report to the Senior Director, Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) and Specialty Catalyst. You will be responsible for the financial performance and ensure compliance with regulatory, EHS, quality systems assuring proper design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes and facilities. You'll drive world class EHS performance, operational and maintenance excellence, Six Sigma productivity programs, capital planning and engineering, and quality systems. Additional tasks:  



  • Foster a positive teamwork environment that drives collaborative decision making by engaging and empowering employees to contribute to the plant’s strong performance
  • Incorporate and monitor site KPI’s - Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory, Productivity and Cost used to measure overall performance and engage staff to develop plan to improve performance
  • Drive a safety mindset for self, employees, and site visitors ensuring safe conditions and behaviors and drive compliance with EHS&S standards; ensure continuation of 5S maturity journey
  • Drive a quality performance culture through CTQ's, SQC, SAC, Cpk
  • Collaborate with Demand and Supply Planning and meet schedule attainment metric to ensure high OTTP – OTTR
  • Manage the raw material, intermediate and finished product management in order to deliver committed inventory levels
  • Manage the plants annual operating plan to deliver cost per metric ton commitments
  • Develop productivity initiatives
  • Develop and manage 5-year Capital plan to deliver benefits of the investment; ensure compliance with monthly forecast and deliver projects on schedule-on budget
  • Lead Tier 4 accountability meeting
  • Implement Tier 1, 2 and 3 accountability meetings at the plant
  • Led the implementation of GMS (Grace Management System) fundamentals
  • Intimately aware of and committed to meeting or exceeding customer (internal as well as external) requirements
  • Coordinate staffing with HR and ISC Director to determine proper staffing levels
  • Actively participate in the development and implementation of programs and technical training for all employees

Required Skills

  • Ability to effectively communicate at all levels, adjusting style appropriately
  • Demonstrated experience with Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • Six Sigma Green Belt and LEAN certified 
  • Experience working within Management Operating System
  • Experience with Supply Chain Management (plan, source, make, deliver)
  • Ability to balance ISC and business priorities

Required Experience

  • B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Minimum of 15 years of manufacturing experience in progressive leadership roles to include union experience
  • Minimum of 10 years managing PSM covered process
  • Must have experience developing and executing plant strategy- cost optimization, full asset utilization, de-bottleneck, fungibility, capacity creation
  • Financial acumen and ability to understand and manage effectively the contributors and influencers of cost per metric ton

Preferred Qualifications

  • Black Belt 

Nearest Major Market: Baton Rouge