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Manufacturing Leadership Program

Date: May 11, 2019

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 3469

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

We are adding to our talent pool and recruiting for Game Changers that will be future leaders interested in the manufacturing environment to join the Grace Manufacturing Leadership Program (MLP).  Our program provides individuals with a three-year experience that is focused on developing high-potential employees for possible leadership positions within Grace’s global manufacturing organization. During the program, there are 3 rotations designed to provide a range of manufacturing experience while strengthening leadership skills. Assignments include time in Grace’s manufacturing sites such as Lake Charles, LA, Albany, OR, Curtis Bay, MD, Chicago, IL and Columbia, MD (our corporate headquarters).  Program participants are partnered with a senior-level mentor who will follow their progress throughout the program while providing guidance and support.    


Throughout the program, employees learn about the many aspects of our business, receive leadership, supply chain, finance, and Six Sigma training, and develop a professional network for sharing ideas and best practices around manufacturing excellence.

In the Manufacturing Leadership Program participants will have the opportunity for job rotations through multiple disciplines including:


  • Process Engineering - Lead a manufacturing process improvement project 
  • Project Engineering – Participate in the management of a capital project 
  • Productivity– Lead a six sigma supply chain/operations project
  • Sales & Operations Planning– Work in conjunction with the sales, manufacturing, and supply chain departments to ensure the right product is made and delivered to our customer 
  • Production Supervision- Lead a manufacturing team of hourly employees 
  • Environmental, Health & Safety -      Lead project work associated with EHS corporate and plant initiatives
  • Strategic Sourcing - Lead/partcipate in sourcing and project deliverables

Required Skills

Grace’s MLP's are designed for individuals who demonstrate strong leadership and management potential and have a strong interest in the manufacturing field.


  • B.S. in an engineering discipline is required, preferably Chemical or Mechanical 
  • Meaningful work assignments as a co-op or summer intern, success in the classroom (GPA of 3.0 or higher), and leadership experience
  • Must relocate during the program
  • Willingness to relocate for future assignments to any Grace plant site



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.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore