Director, Global Security

Date: Sep 6, 2023

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22198 

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

This position is located in Columbia, Maryland, and reports to the Senior Vice President of EHSSQ. This position will involve responsibility for development of security managements systems and implementation processes for all Grace global assets, including corporate HQ, offices, plant sites, R&D facilities, warehouses, etc.


  • In cooperation with the executive team, Global Operations and all functions, directs the development of an effective strategy to mitigate risk, maintain continuity of operations and safeguard the organization.
  • Sets strategy and implementation direction for domestic and international locations / employees in identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining security processes, practices and policies throughout the organization to reduce risks, respond to incidents, and limit exposure and liability in all areas of information, financial, physical and reputation risk.
  • Drive consistency around security processes and clarity around implementation. 
  • Prioritize and scale implementation based upon facility security risk profile that also includes ensuring strong regulatory compliance.  
  • Researches and deploys security solutions to safeguard the organization’s global employees and assets.
  • Develops relationships with law enforcement, security agencies and private sector counterparts worldwide.
  • Coordinates and implements site security, operations and activities to ensure the protection of employees.
  • Security Planning – Headquarters, Plant Sites, R&D facilities, warehouses
  • Coordinate responses to security-related questions from the plants or headquarters.
  • Conduct Security Management Trainings as appropriate for headquarters or plants.
  • Conduct security briefings for new employees.

Required Qualifications

  • 15+ years of extensive security agency or law enforcement experience.
  • Direct experience in a leadership role.
  • Advanced security degree or equivalent security experience.
  • Extensive demonstrated experience and exposure to global Security.
  • Understanding and proficiency in effectively working with government regulators and organizations
  • Leadership skills to provide direction to management.
  • Ability to collaborate and develop alignment
  • Ability to effectively communicate within all levels of the organization including briefing executive management and board committees on the status of security issues.
  • Emotional intelligence to understand the impact and severity of security issues.


  • 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: Baltimore