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Multi-Site Leader, Maintenance and Reliability Excellence

Date: Apr 2, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60629

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 3010 

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

The Maintenance and Reliability Excellence Leader is a multi-site role. The selected individual will manage the Maintenance and Reliability program for our two plants located in Chicago.


  • Will guide and plan 3-5 year capital plans to upgrade infrastructure.
  • Provide project management and engineering support across the maintenance organization.
  • Facilitate network of maintenance leaders and engineers across the operations, review KPIs, develop action items for key issues, and review improvement projects.
  • Assist in driving cultural change around maintenance work management. Assess work prioritization, planning and scheduling, and associated management processes; identify barriers; and work on plans to improve.
  • Engage with internal and external expertise to improve reliability processes, including criticality analysis, PdM technologies, condition-based monitoring, preventive maintenance optimization, and critical spares.
  • Lead high impact projects linked to uptime that are critical to meeting business objectives.

Required Skills

  • Ability to drive results; bias toward action.
  • Strong knowledge of maintenance excellence processes in a chemical manufacturing environment.
  • Leader of change, with ability to influence and gain support from operator/craft level to executive leadership.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills.
  • Facilitative; can lead a project with multiple stakeholders and align their objectives in order to meet project milestones.
  • Strong interpersonal, communications, and presentation skills.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Travel to Grace manufacturing locations

Required Experience

  • BS and/or MS in Engineering (combustion, mechanical, chemical) required.
  • 8-10 years of maintenance excellence experience in a chemical manufacturing environment, including implementing upgraded processes.
  • Experience addressing site infrastructure needs is required.
  • Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) certification desired

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