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Maintenance Excellence Process Leader

Date: Sep 24, 2022

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Job Description

The Maintenance Excellence Process Leader will develop strategies and drive improvement of the overall Work Management Process and will report to the Reliability Excellence Leader. You will develop processes and tools to improve planning, scheduling, and work prioritization, along with assessing Work Management practices, procedures used to develop standards based on best practices. You will use data analysis tools to assess manufacturing site performance and identify improvement opportunities, including capital investments. This position will lead teams that support the implementation of maintenance process for Grace Manufacturing Systems (GMS) model.

Location: You will work from your home office and required to travel 50-75% to our manufacturing sites, mainly in the US, and may include international.



  • Support and participate in the development of short and long-term strategic planning to strengthen and drive improvements in Maintenance Excellence metrics and performance.
  • Use ME processes and tools to drive continuous improvements in the areas of safety and environmental compliance.
  • Develop and lead work management process teams that will support Grace sites in the implementation and standardization of maintenance processes for GMS.
  • Mitigate and assess risks globally to equipment and infrastructure across the Grace network.
  • Benchmark Grace maintenance costs across all similar business groups to identify areas for improvement utilizing maintenance data and OEE as drivers to standardize.
  • Evaluate the maintenance organization structures, craft skills and MRO practices. 
  • Drive cultural change around maintenance work management processes.
  • Implement upgraded processes, define roles and responsibilities and gain buy-in from all levels of leadership.
  • Assess and improve work prioritization, planning, scheduling and associated management processes.
  • Leader of change with the ability to influence and gain support from operator/craft level to executive leadership.
  • Ability to lead projects with multiple stakeholders and align their objectives to meet project milestones.
  • Develop, communicate, and train on best practices to support maintenance processes.
  • Understand work management principles to be able to support sites in the implementation of the standards.
  • Drive and support the use and continued development of the Production Loss Accounting systems used at the Grace sites.  Be able to support the sites in bad actor analysis and other analytics.
  • Help to identify high-risk Maintenance Capital Projects through all phases of the project.  Participate on charter development and vet the risk ranking.
  • Ensure Corporate Engineering standards are being met.
  • Support and drive LCAM (Life Cycle Asset Management) for critical assets.

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in an Engineering discipline, EE or ME highly preferred 
  • Minimum of 15 years’ experience implementing and designing Maintenance Work Processes or equivalent Engineering Project Management 
  • 5+ years of experience in maintenance management within a manufacturing environment


Preferred Qualifications

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, MS Project)
  • PSM experience
  • Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional
  • Master’s in Business Administration desirable
  • Proven track record of managing complex projects
  • Demonstrated experience in change management
  • Excellent communication and influence skills
  • Critical and innovative thinking


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 
Tuition Reimbursement
Company Donation Match Program


Nearest Major Market: Baltimore