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Maintenance Excellence Work Management Leader - Fully remote

Date: Nov 6, 2021

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 19544 

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 revitalizing its Maintenance and Reliability focus and hiring a Maintenance Excellence (ME) Work Management Leader to develop strategies and improve the overall work management process. The successful candidate will lead and drive cultural change around maintenance work management processes through influencing and gaining support from operator/craft level to executive leadership. You’ll assess work management practices and procedures and develops standards based on best practices.  This position uses data analysis tools to assess site performance and identifies improvement opportunities, including capital investments.


This is a remote position that requires the ability travel up to 75%, mainly in the US. Responsibilities include:


  • 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 Grace Manufacturing System (GMS) model.
  • 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.
  • 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 thru all phases of the project.  Participate on charter development and vet the risk ranking.
  • Support and drive LCAM (Life Cycle Asset Management) for critical assets.

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated experience applying and implementing Change Management principals and methodologies that have resulted in delivering quantifiable and sustainable improvements to business operations.  
  • Proven track record of managing complex projects
  • Excellent communication and influence skills
  • Critical and innovative thinking
  • Able to develop processes and standards

Required Experience

  • B.S. Engineering, preferably CE or ME
  • 15 years of experience implementing and designing operational work processes, creating and/or enhancing SOPs, and effectively engaging craft/operational personnel

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in maintenance management in a manufacturing environment
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, MS Project
  • PSM experience – specifically mechanical integrity standards
  • Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional


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