Logistics Supervisor

Date: Jul 4, 2024

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60629

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 23083 

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


Are you looking to drive continuous improvement for raw material and finished good management?


Grace is hiring an on-site Logistics Supervisor for our Chicago, IL site who will report to the Operations Manager. This position will be responsible for the plant’s management of material flow in and out of the plant, inventory accuracy, and near-term storage requirements. Reporting to the role are the site’s material handlers and the material control supervisor. This is a leadership position with three direct reports that requires an individual who strives to drive continuous improvement efforts and can work in a fast-paced/continuously changing environment.


Grace’s site at 4099 West 71st street employs ~100 people and manufactures catalysts used in petroleum refining and specialty petrochemical industries for removing sulfur, nitrogen, and other impurities from crude oil streams. We offer competitive pay, benefits, and ongoing career development opportunities. Come join our collaborative, people-focused team!



  • Directly responsible for managing the logistics team; is a contributor to EHS, quality, operations, and site leadership goals.
  • Promotes a collaborative, friendly culture.
  • Establishes and tracks site logistics KPIs; works with the operations manager on production planning efforts to improve process equipment reliability and OEE.
  • Reviews & creates logistics processes and procedures for improvement in productivity, cost reduction, process improvements, etc.
  • Works cross-functionally with corporate roles to align on plant capabilities to service our global customers.
  • Manages receipts process for raw materials, trading goods and services, including work cycles and SAP transactions to support 3PLs.
  • Performs plant cycle counts and transacts cycle count reconciliations in SAP for raw materials and intermediates.
  • Interfaces with operations to inform logistics team of short-term schedule changes.
  • Works alongside finance and accounts payable to identify variances in inventory/storage billing records.
  • Works closely with warehouses to track and reconcile transfers in and out of 3PL.
  • Identifies and reports out shrinkage and inventory shortcomings to clients and vendors.
  • Supports production operations ensuring safe, timely, and efficient maintenance of all operations equipment and assets.
  • Cooperates with EHS to conduct safety inspections and implement necessary corrective actions. Ensures the safety management of logistics personnel.



Physical Requirements and Environment

  • Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a pilot plant facility with highly hazardous materials
  • Ability to work in a high hazard environment, including adverse weather conditions, elevated spaces, confined spaces, extreme temperatures, and noisy surroundings.
  • 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


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 Years of experience in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Finance, or related fields
  • Demonstrated proficiency in SAP
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Excel, including advanced features such as vlookups, pivot tables, if/and functions.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and effective communication skills
  • Ability to manage large data sets
  • Strong bias to action; self-directed with a strong work ethic; capable of working independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to lead a small team and hold people accountable for their work
  • Familiarity with a warehouse and/or inventory control environment
  • Ability to occasionally work outside of established business hours and adjust personal schedule to meet deadlines as required

Preferred Qualifications


  • Raw material management in a manufacturing environment
  • Leadership and/or supervisory experience is a plus
  • Macro use and skills are a plus


  • 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 

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: Chicago