Global Materials Management Process Leader

Date: Feb 24, 2024

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044 Chattanooga, TN, US, 37406 East Chicago, IN, US, 46312 Pasadena, TX, US, 77507 Chicago 71st, IL, US, 60629 Norco, LA, US, 70057 Tyrone, PA, US, 16686 Lake Charles, LA, US, 70665 Baltimore, MD, US, 21226

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22595 

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

Grace is seeking a Global Materials Management Leader to join our Supply Chain Center of Excellence (COE) who will report to the Director of Data Integrity and Governance, located in Columbia, MD. The candidate should be located near a US-based Grace location and will require travel up to 30% to include international. 



As part of the newly formed Supply Chain COE, you will actively lead and drive a culture of global design and process discipline. The successful candidate will have a mix of technical expertise as well as strong influencing skills as well as a passion for driving results. You will be responsible for developing and managing the Global Design for Materials Management, including organization, policies, and processes to ensure the best possible utilization of production/materials management resources and optimized inventory levels. At Grace, we use ECC MRP as our primary tool. You will Interface and influence global stakeholders in Supply Chain, Finance/Accounting, Plant Managers and Business Leaders ensuring effective and timely materials planning, inventory movements, and delivery management.   


  • Develop, implement, and sustain the Material Management Global Design, incorporating policies, processes, and work instructions, integrating with other functions to ensure enterprise-wide solutions.  Drive process standardization at a global level. 
  • Identify best practices and implement best-in-class solutions around the use of SAP/MRP, requisition to PO processes within MRP, and materials management processes at various US and global locations.
  • Develop, and socialize multi-year roadmaps to support the overall Supply Chain COE vision; Integrate with Data Integrity, Procurement, Production Planning, and S&OP.
  • Collaborate across work streams to align processes, identify dependencies, and establish governance controls and metrics to drive sustainability. Critical partners include Operations, Sales and Operations Planning, Production Planning Process Leader, Plant Accounting and Global Procurement.
  • Manage Systems (ECC MRP and MDG Tool) and Processes from a MM perspective to support the Supply Chain COE vision.  Actively manage ECC MRP with support and partnership from IT.  Partner with Demand Management/Production Planning Process Leader and IBP (Integrated Business Planning) to ensure a cohesive solution.
  • Identify gaps in systems such as, SAP-ECC, SAP-PP/DS, warehouse management system, inventory recording and reporting, shop floor records and recommend /implement solutions to solve business issues. 
  • Assist in development of Inventory Optimization strategies (e.g., IBP, Supply Planning) to support business growth while managing overall inventory levels. This is a global effort. 
  • Support inventory improvement projects and cost reduction.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate education and training to ensure capability and process discipline. Develop ways to monitor process discipline.
  • Own success of project plans, ensuring progress on not only deadlines but quality of deliverables.  

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. degree is highly preferred, however, in lieu of degree will consider candidate with relevant work experience.
  • 12+ years’ experience within Supply Chain that demonstrates career trajectory.
  • Experience managing global initiatives that integrate policies, processes, and technology.
  • Evidence of strong project management skills, defined as developing action plans, identifying deliverables, and presenting results.
  • Critical Thinker with ability to think through process solutions while balancing current capabilities with the ability to analyze for potential future issues.
  • Demonstrated problem solver and strong initiative skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and influence to drive results at all levels in a matrixed organization.
  • Strong analytical skills and insights building
  • Excellent communication skills: ability to manage at all levels of the organization, from shop floor to high level leadership; ability to use the right combination of discretion, judgement, and tact to get teams to move forward.
  • Ability to develop appropriate education and training vehicles and effectively execute, including but not limited to, classroom training, 1x1 coaching/mentoring.
  • Proven ability to effectively meet deadlines and milestones, proactively identify issues/mitigations as well as effectively communicate status updates.
  • Ability to travel up to 30%, including international travel.

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S. degree; Focus on Supply Chain and/or process improvement.
  • Lean Six Sigma or other process improvement training.
  • Excellent understanding of SAP-ECC (especially MRP), SAP APO-PPDS, any other subsystems and Information Technology associated with Materials Management
  • Deep knowledge of Material Master settings, requisition to PO process, and inventory management.


  • 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

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