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Grace Manufacturing Systems/Productivity Leader

Date: Jul 19, 2019

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 3405 

Grace is 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 3,700 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

Reporting to the Integrated Supply Chain Director ART this role is responsible for driving productivity across one of the three Grace Businesses and ensuring productivity targets are achieved.

  • Develop multi-year Operations Strategy / Master Plan linked to overall Grace Business Strategy
  • Responsible for Operations Network Optimization focused on In-sourcing / out-sourcing intermediates, conversion costs, logistics / storage, and capital requirements
  • Responsible for the prioritization and tracking of Operations projects
  • Evaluate operations projects to support the Operations Strategy / Master Plan
  • Develop business cases for operations projects
  • Prioritize operations projects to optimize resource allocation (dollars and personnel)
  • Facilitate buy-in from critical stakeholders such as Technical and Business Leaders
  • Coordinate with Corporate Projects PMO
  • Track and report on projects progress to ensure projects are delivering to company financials
  • Conduct reporting and performance Analysis
  • Analyze prior year performance and help set KPI plans / targets for next several years
  • Provide in-depth analysis of current KPI performance against plans and forecasts
  • Improve and facilitate operational cadence and manufacturing reporting
  • Responsible for evaluating financial benefits, technical reviews, project approval and allocation and optimization of resources
  • Identify system-wide productivity opportunities and ensures that they are resourced
  • Integrate business and technology into project selection
  • Mentor black belts and green belts
  • Align with other product line Productivity Leaders ensuring a one Grace approach to programs and platforms
  • Work with plant managers and operations leaders to develop a sustained pool of Six Sigma talent

Required Skills

  • Demonstrate an ability to be process focused and have an organized workstyle
  • Must possess excellent organizational, communication, time management, collaborative and interpersonal skills
  • Able to thrive in a fast paced environment
  • Six Sigma and/or Lean certification required; black belt preferred
  • Ability to travel up to 25%

Required Experience

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in operations management or technical leadership
  • BS degree required with a Chemical Engineering or related discipline preferred
  • Site experience to include implementing and leading lean projects
  • Experienced working in a matrix environment, influencing and driving results through department without always having direct managerial responsibility
  • Leadership experience with Six Sigma and Lean manufacturing
  • Demonstrated experience in operational strategy development
  • Extensive analytics experience in a manufacturing environment

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