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Polymerization Operations Supervisor

Date: Oct 13, 2021

Location: Baton Rouge, LA, US, 70805

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

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 3,900 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

Grace Baton Rouge location is seeking a Polymerization Operations Supervisor to provide leadership, vision, and drive in order to successfully support multiple Grace manufacturing facilities along with internal Research and Development programs. This vital role will report to the Sr Process Technology Manager and work cross functionally with the various operations teams.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Maintain lab ISO Quality goals for the site and accountability for audit findings.
  • Manage budget for labs and approve purchases to stay within forecast.
  • Own lab PSM manual and maintain current revisions of all operating procedures.
  • Drive compliance and accountability across the labs.
  • Determine staffing needs, complete hiring when needed, and manage training program for new and existing technicians across labs.
  • Develop long term plan and vision for capital improvements.
  • Maintain technical support team to drive method development, programming changes, and R&D prioritization.
  • Manage commercial campaign activity reporting, working with marketing and operations to communicate and interpret results.
  • Communicate, as needed, with customers in support of commercial manufacturing data.
  • Drive best practices efforts with other Grace sites, such as Columbia and Pasadena, with similar facilities.
  • Manage capital project scoping, estimates, and incorporation into the GCAP process.
  • Work with researchers to plan and achieve milestones for R&D projects.
  • Build and maintain organizations to satisfy both internal and external customer needs across both labs.
  • Effectively utilize proper work processes, such as Management of Change, PSM approvals, and incident reporting.

Required Experience

  • B.S. Chemical Engineering
  • 5+ years of experience in an industrial manufacturing setting

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience supporting high-pressure systems
  • PSM and process design experience
  • Proficient in use of statistical evaluation and interpretation
  • Ability to work with PI Process Book and Lab View
  • Prior administrative experience leading people


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.
EOE Statement:  W. R. Grace & Co. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected status.
If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation.


Nearest Major Market: Baton Rouge