Director, EH&S - Global Operations

Date: Sep 1, 2023

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22114 

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

The Sr. Director, EHS leads change through effective communication and collaboration providing clear and consistent messages, standards and programs encouraging a culture of health, safety, and environmental awareness for Grace’s Operations globally. 
Primary responsibilities include ensuring compliance with all governmental environmental, health and safety regulations, implementing Grace & industry standard best practices, and working collaboratively as part of the senior leadership team to guide operations and EHS site management. The focus of the role is to lead safety culture and compliance globally, as well as EHS system implementation, where the organization operates in a healthy, safe, secure, sustainable, and environmentally responsible manner through the utilization of leading EHS initiatives, policies, and standards employing a continuous improvement mindset. Accountable for the performance and results, and coordination for work between the EHS organization and the global operations community.
The position reports to the President, Global Operations with a matrix reporting relationship to the SVP, EHSSQ. The position provides functional guidance (matrix reporting) to a team of Site EHS Managers on a global basis, providing overall guidance that drives excellence in EHS performance.



  • Advances relationships with leadership, management, and employees to ensure EHS policies and procedures are being applied and followed. Working with leadership, senior management, shares best practices across the organization.
  • Advise and support senior leadership team on all EHS activities, communicating initiatives, and establishing/updating and disseminating documentation relating to the EHS performance.
  • Collaborate closely with EHSSQ organization and leadership to develop and drive EHSSQ initiatives across Global Operations.
  • Champion global EHS initiatives, focusing on preventive actions, that identify and communicate organizational risk exposure, prioritizing risk reduction needs and ensuring closure resources are provided.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance to local, state/providence, federal and foreign EHS regulations globally.
  • Ensures routine audits are conducted of facilities and processes to assess and identify safety, health, and environmental risks.
  • Manages and coordinates capital project activities related to EHS investments and improvements across the operations network.  
  • Develops, maintains, and ensure the reporting of relevant and impactful EHS performance metrics.  
  • Ensure regular risk assessments are conducted on all processes and equipment and recommend appropriate controls when hazards or potential hazards are identified.
  • Responsible for the overall administration, implementation, and control of EHS programs and activities within the Global Operations organization.
  • Leads and provides coaching to the operations and EHS community towards goal achievement and results by driving the organization to be self-critical and committed to a continuous improvement culture. Establishes and monitors goals, objectives and measurements which drive the organization to a higher level of achievement.
  • Develops strategies including business, production and/or organizational priorities that establish health and safety enterprise work strategy to ensure safe, reliable, and cost-effective performance that meets customer expectations and regulatory requirements.
  • Serves as subject matter expert for environmental, health, safety at the organizational and enterprise level. 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Safety Engineering, Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial Hygiene, or another equivalent technical field.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience at an industrial plant site working in operations leadership. 
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience leading process safety initiatives or operations at a PSM regulated industrial site.
  • A minimum of 15 years’ experience in industrial related work experience operations and EHS.
  • 7+ years of leadership experience, with proven success at developing people and teams.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of EHS programs, policies, procedures, and business plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide direction to both technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Demonstrated experience building and executing EHS strategy, including program development and systems implementation with a focus on cultural enhancement and capability building.
  • Subject Matter Expertise in EHS systems and culture, Process Safety OHS systems and compliance strategies, and relevant regulations, as well as international standards.
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to execute large-scale initiatives in a complex, matrixed environment.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills to conduct data analysis, draw relevant conclusions develop recommendations and drive changes. 
  • Superior oral and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to design and deliver reports.
  • Strong collaboration and influence skills
  • Superior facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Strong judgment and initiative on resolution of issues.
  • A strong customer service orientation and collaborative work style is critical. Team oriented and self-motivated.
  • Ability to travel 50%+
  • Ability to relocate to Columbia, MD or Houston, TX, or travel to work in office ~3 days per week. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Successful completion of a board safety certification such as Certified Safety professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)


U.S. Employee Benefits Summary (

  • 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

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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