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Senior Project Manager

Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 21027 

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

We're hiring a Senior Project Manager to support the business for end to end major capital project implementation and project results that achieve business objectives, while complying with standard work practices as defined by the Grace Project Management System. You will work with management, technology, maintenance, and operations to bring maximum value to the business through effective leadership of cost and capital project planning and implementation process. This position requires up to 25-50% travel to include international travel.


  • Manage a portfolio of projects and translate business objectives into the capital project objectives and accountable for total project cost and schedule.
  • Leads and organizes the Project Leadership Team and may manage and coach other project managers.
  • Ensures all non-capital alternatives to meet the business objectives have been evaluated and will be accountable to the business for project success.
  • Engage the Project Team members for acquiring and releasing project resources as needed during the life of the project and set direction and expectations.
  • Establishes effective communications within the Project Team to ensure alignment among business objectives, project objectives, and the basis of design.
  • Leads the development of the roles and responsibilities definitions for the project and ensure each functional team member understands their role and deliverables.
  • Manages overall project expenditures and schedule to meet business expectations.
  • Provides primary interface between the plant and the Corporate Capital Project Leadership Team and the Business Capital Planning Manager.
  • Drives capital project work processes and practices as described in the GPM Manual.
  • Ensures basic data is timely and complete prior to initiating detailed design.
  • Leads all gatekeeping reviews and ensures all FEL deliverables are met.
  • Prepares all project-funding documents.

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. degree, in CE, ME or EE
  • 12+ years of experience in Project Management in Operations or Supply Chain Leadership roles in the chemical manufacturing and/or petrochemical industry.
  • 8-10 years of engineering project management experience
  • Proven track record of success in leading multi-site, regional and/or global project initiatives
  • Self-managing, proactive
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent teamwork and ability to work across business functions.
  • Process Safety Management (PSM) experience.
  • Solid understanding of the fundamentals of all engineering disciplines involved in a typical chemical industry project (Process, Mechanical, Electrical, Process Automation / DCS, Civil, Structural etc.).

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5 years’ experience as a plant engineer and PMP certification.


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

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