Digitalization Program Manager

Date: Mar 28, 2024

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22742 

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

W. R. Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and other products and services to petroleum refiners; catalysts for the manufacture of plastics; silica-based engineered and specialty materials for a wide-range of industrial applications; specialty chemicals, additives, and materials for commercial and residential construction; and can sealants and coatings for food packaging. With annual sales of more than $3.2 billion, Grace has employees in nearly 40 countries. More information at www.grace.com .

The Digitalization Program Manager is responsible for leading the rollout of the digital transformation program across the Grace Manufacturing sites. The position will coordinate across functions to ensure the transformation is completed on time, on budget and delivers the business value after deployment. 
 

Responsibilities

  • Lead the rollout of digital transformation across the manufacturing sites including regular update reviews with the project team, plant management as well as to the corporate stakeholders. Ensure that the projects stay within scope and are delivered on time and in budget. 
  • Work across the functions to design, develop, and implement digital solutions that improve efficiency and productivity including testing and quality assurance to ensure that digital solutions meet business requirements and are reliable
  • Work closely with the Change Management team to support adoption at sites and incorporate feedback from users appropriately. Track the use and value creation of the tools after the project has been completed and review with the stakeholders including any support, issues or changes necessary post rollout. 
  • Work closely with vendors and IT to document and address project elements that have operational impact to the site. 
  • Support the development and updates to the broader global digital rollout plans working with sites, IT and the Manufacturing Center of Excellence. 
  • Work with the Digital Operations Leader to build appropriate dashboards to track usage of the different technologies deployed at site
  • Build detailed project plans from technology selection, site deployment, site training and hyper care support to track project progress. 
  • Lead the rollout of Training for end-users on how to use new digital solutions and provide ongoing support and maintenance for digital solutions
  • Benchmark, recommend and implement digital best practices that deliver scalable and tangible financial benefits to Grace. 
  • Partner with the Digital Operations Leader to ensure that any back office digital activities are properly resourced and deliver within the broader project timeline. 
  • Serves as a global resource and champion of Industry 4.0 initiatives across the company

Required Qualifications

  • BS in Engineering with at least 10 years of relevant experience
  • At least 5 years of experience in managing multi-million dollar budgets & projects designing and implementing technical, industrial, or digital solutions. Comprehensive understanding and experience of project management methodology and documentation critical.
  • At least 2 years in chemical operations roles. 
  • Excellent change, communication, and stakeholder management skills. Eager to learn with interest in new technologies, digitalization, and data analysis
  • Demonstrated understanding of chemical manufacturing processes including basic understanding of maintenance, production, and supply chain. 
  • Prior experience interfacing with operational systems (MES, ERP, DCS). Comfortable straddling the space between IT and OT, representing the combined state for manufacturing excellence
  • Up to 50% domestic and international travel

Preferred Qualifications

 

  • Prior experience implementing digital transformation across multiple sites preferred. 
  • In-depth Experience in any of the following areas is a plus: IIoT, controls engineering, programming, digital twin, big data & analytics. 

Benefits

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 
Tuition Reimbursement
Company Donation Match Program
 

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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