Operations Supervisor

Date: Sep 13, 2023

Location: Chicago 71st, IL, US, 60629

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22324 

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 Chicago 71st Plant Team.  This role reports to the Operations Manager.  The roles primary function is to ensure a safe working environment for all employees, plan the production workflow as directed, supervise the production employees and ensure the goals of the business are met.



  • Conducts shift meetings with the operators to uphold a safe environment, review results of previous shift, set goals and expectations for next shift
  • Conducts regular area tours to ensure employee engagement, address performance and resolve issues, ensure cleanliness and 5S of areas, preform safety walks / inspections
  • Wraps-up the shift with the operators and leads shift-handoff meeting with the next supervisor
  • Develops shift reports and communicates performance / issues in area daily meetings
  • Manages breaks, daily work assignments and operator performance management
  • Coordinates production staffing with operations planning
  • Inputs maintenance work notifications; identifies and facilitate required work permits
  • Ensures equipment is ready for maintenance work and verifies completed maintenance work orders
  • Manages team member disciplinary issues, assesses capabilities, and evaluates for necessary training

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent combination of education and relevant position experience
  • 7 + years of supervisory experience working in a manufacturing environment, preferably a chemical manufacturing environment
  • Experience managing teams and direct reports



  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability 
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace 
  • Retirement Plans  
  • 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


U.S. Employee Benefits Summary (grace.com) 


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Nearest Major Market: Chicago