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Director, HR Business Partner

Date: Dec 1, 2021

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 19685

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 Director, Human Resources-SC will provide strategic HR leadership and manage human resources activities for Grace’s SC business segment.  This individual will partner with senior leaders to provide consultative HR support and counsel, align business needs to drive the human capital strategy, and determine how to best use their talent-base to innovate and support the business objectives.  The HR Director will be a key member of Grace’s Human Resources leadership team and be an authentic business leader with a central role in continuing to build and shape the organizational strategy and design, including strategic transformation and restructuring.  This position will also lead and execute critical HR processes for talent management, development and succession planning.


  • Partner with senior business leaders to develop organizational strategies and ensure organizational capability to match the business strategy, anticipating and preparing for future business needs
  • Ensure the assigned SC business has the resource capability and bench strength to achieve Grace’s business goals and growth strategies
  • Provide leadership, guidance and counsel to the business leaders, with special emphasis on matters related to talent, organizational change, and human capital
  • Provide leadership to the business leadership teams to ensure understanding and execution of strategic plans and HR strategies, partnering with other HRBPs to ensure alignment across the businesses, and development of talent across the businesses.
  • Execute on day-to-day HR processes and initiatives, including but not limited to Talent Acquisition, Organization Design, Talent Reviews, Performance Reviews, merit and bonus processes, M&A activities, and other relevant initiatives, utilizing the HR Business Services team as appropriate.
  • Develop an HR plan aligned with business objectives to include organizational design, succession planning, talent management, goal alignment, and communications
  • Collaborate across the organization to ensure commitment to the organization’s mission, values and long-range strategy, as well as the successful execution of talent management initiatives.
  • Lead culture change and organizational effectiveness initiatives.

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects from conception to completion in a fast-paced, global, team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to influence senior leaders, driving business and functional results
  • Ability to work with all levels in an organization and work across teams, departments, businesses, and cultures; keenly attuned to issues of diversity and inclusion as it pertains to a global, multi-generational workforce.
  • Strong cross-functional business understanding with a P&L orientation
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve KPIs through an inclusive, collaborative leadership style
  • Exceptional relational skills, with the ability to articulate a clear and compelling vision and develop effective working relationships with people from diverse demographic and cultural backgrounds
  • International travel as appropriate.
  • Relevant talent management/human resources software familiarity.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business or related field with a minimum of 10 years’ experience as an HR Business Partner leader
  • SHRM-SCP or SPHR preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute successfully on strategic initiatives as well as tactical tasks that drive high performance in a multi-generational, globally diverse employee population where flexibility and adaptability are crucial
  • Demonstrated organizational design experience including major transformation,  restructuring, and change management skills and experience
  • Strong professional maturity and judgment and accustomed to dealing with confidential situations
  • Ability to generate alternative solutions from diverse opinions
  • Strong customer and results orientation
  • Progressive HR experience
  • Strong project management skills
  • Global experience and awareness

Preferred Qualifications

SHRM-SCP or SPHR preferred



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.


EOE Statement:  W. R. Grace & Co. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation.

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