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Global Returnable Packaging Program Manager

Date: Jan 25, 2021

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 6203

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

W. R. Grace is hiring a Global Returnable Packaging Program Manager who will report to the Senior Fleet & Dangerous Good Leader, to execute and manage the company’s global fleet program with a primary focus on North America. This role will encompass the development, and management of the Returnable Fleet (RF) program (Cylinders, Portable Tanks, Flow Bins, etc.) for all our locations to include US and International. Key elements of the role will be to develop returnable fleet specifications, fleet procurement/sourcing, SAP RF scripts, monitoring of KPI’s and fleet sizing and capacity modeling. In addition, this role will be work with ISC leadership to ensure that all sites, globally, receive support for their region. The ideal candidate will work out of our Columbia, MD corporate office, however consideration will be made for working at one of our US manufacturing sites. Additional responsibilities:


  • Support the development and management of RF technical data sheets with cross functional support from Sales/Marketing/Technical Services
  • Develop/Implement demurrage vs. rental fee analyses for RF
  • Manage leased ISOTAINER fleet & initiate fleet expansion and procurement opportunities
  • Develop and implement SAP scripts to manage returnable fleet (RF) creation, outbound fleet procedures, and GOC/MDM templates
  • Develop and issue RF sizing models at regular cadence (monthly/quarterly) using consensus demand plans from the Grace Integrated Business Management (Gibm) team
  • Prepare the global fleet tracking using SAP
  • Complete RF balancing analysis for common fleet utilized by multiple sites globally
  • Develop and issue RF idle time reports and RF Maintenance status reports
  • Develop and manage regulatory testing protocols for RF
  • Mentors plant and plant logistics teammates who have local responsibility for RF program
  • Must be able to travel up to15% to include international

Required Skills

  • Effective communication skills and ability to interface with business leadership team members to include sales and marketing both internal and external partners
  • Ability to translate data and conduct presentation of findings to key stakeholders
  • Understanding of all transportation modes to include over the road (TT, TL & LTL), rail, ocean, and air freight logistics and industry best practices
  • Ability to coach plant and warehouse distribution team members responsible for executing RF program using industry best practices, to include providing guidance, education and training for operations personnel
  • Proficient with SAP, Excel, Power Point
  • Self-starter who can work independently to solve problems
  • Ability to develop and track appropriate metrics and KPI’s to drive productivity and lean initiatives
  • Detail oriented and capable of managing and prioritizing multiple tasks

Required Experience

  • BS/BA degree in Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation or Operations
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in plant or corporate transportation management
  • Experience managing a fleet which includes procurement, tracking, capacity planning and oversight with training and educating plant logistics personnel

Preferred Qualifications

  • SAP BW and Cloud Analytics  #WRGRACE



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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