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Business Quality Manager, Specialty Catalyst

Date: Jul 2, 2019

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 3145 

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 Business Quality Manager (BQM), Specialty Catalysts, has responsibility for the development, implementation, measurement, maintenance and continuous improvement of the Quality Management System.  Major areas of emphasis include product & process quality and consistency, compliance to applicable regulatory requirements, customer interface, new product commercialization, management of change, supplier quality and productivity.

The BQM will focus their efforts on the Specialty Catalyst Business Unit, but will also interface with the other Quality Managers throughout Grace in order to leverage improvements and best practices.

This position works closely with all site quality managers, operations and the various business functions (sales, marketing, R&D, productivity & GM) to drive quality advancements in concert with the business strategy.  This position requires strong leadership and communication skills as well as a solid understanding of the quality processes and manufacturing operations.

This Quality Manager will interface with all of the Production Plants, R&D, Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, Technical Service and Customer Service functions within the Specialty Catalyst business.

The Business Quality Manager will report to the Global Quality Director and matrix to the Integrated Supply Chain Leader for the SC Business Unit.

Required Skills

Drive quality improvement for the Specialty Catalyst BU by:

Working and coaching the respective site quality managers in ensuring quality compliance and continuous improvements in Quality Control & Quality Assurance

Establish and implement performance metrics (process capability, first pass quality, COPQ, etc.) for monitoring and measuring performance of our manufacturing process.

Partner with Process Technology and plant operations to prioritize process quality improvement opportunities and robust Root Cause Corrective Actions to product quality escapes

Drive quality systems advancements at each manufacturing location through robust Root Cause and Correct Action Analysis (RCCA).

Implementation of the Quality Strategy and Vision in alignment with the Grace Value Model.

Provide Quality Leadership to the business unit in addition to interfacing with Customers, Suppliers and various internal functions and champion and drive a portfolio of product and process quality improvement efforts to increase productivity and provide a platform of competitiveness.

Provide a clear and actionable interpretation of the regulatory requirements for the Specialty Catalyst processes (PSM) and products.  They will also be a key contributor to the implementation of improvements to meet the regulatory needs.

Influences the product development process to ensure that new product manufacturing is within the capabilities of the identified manufacturing plants.

Act as the key business process owner for Management of Change, Customer complaints, and Customer Audits and ability to travel 10-30 %, globally

Required Experience

4 year B.S. degree in Engineering or Science

10 years of relevant industry experience

Prior experience with PSM and operational processes preferred.

Good leadership and communication skills

Must be a very capability leader, able to influence the organization, from the shop floor to the senior leaders.

Must be able to build relationships with various functional and business leaders in order to drive change in their areas.

Self motivated, ability to make independent and informed decisions

Solid knowledge of continuous improvement and Lean Six Sigma methodologies (DMAIC, DFSS, Lean).  Certified Black Belt preferred.

Extensive knowledge of System and Product Regulatory requirements ( ISO 9001 / ISO 13485 / cGMP / HACCP / etc)

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.


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