Share this Job

Supply Planning Lead

Date: Jul 23, 2022

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 20704 

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 are hiring a Supply Planning Lead reporting to the Strategic Supply Leader located at our corporate headquarters in Columbia, MD. Grace Supply Planning Leads perform a critical role in our cross-functional, integrated planning and decision-making process – proactively managing, coordinating, and communicating forward-looking supply projections that are derived from commercially-oriented demand projections to ensure superior service to customers and predictability of business performance. Grace Supply Planning Leads are responsible for developing and detailing tactical supply plans and coordinating execution with Operations, including Manufacturing, Logistics, and Sourcing/Procurement resources.


  • Lead the tactical development and execution of a rolling 18-month supply plan, align tactical supply plans that include weekly details with strategic supply plans that describe monthly projected supply targets for a rolling 18-month planning horizon.
  • Optimize production throughout supply network consisting of multiple internal plants and external tolling partners.
  • Work with Operations to develop and maintain effective Plant Product Wheels to optimize service, working capital, and operating efficiencies.
  • Maintain feasible tactical Supply Plans that reflect manufacturing capabilities, link to detailed execution schedules, and are adjusted for operational dynamics (e.g. unplanned outages).
  • Accountable for ensuring the on-time and on-budget delivery of Company’s products to its customers; minimize penalties/chargebacks, unnecessary logistics costs and order cancellations.
  • Manage production and inventory decisions in collaboration with Strategic Supply Planners, Demand Planning Leads, and Sales Ops Leads, including quantity and location.
  • Monitor constraints and work with Operations to develop mitigation plans to align manufacturing and supply capabilities with strategic supply plans and demand.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance to policies, including lead times, time fences, and frozen periods.  Ensure required escalations and approvals for exceptions are reviewed and authorized in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate inbound and outbound operations, including transportation from suppliers and receiving inventory to all fulfillment activities, warehousing and transportation to customers.
  • Collect and organize data to support performance measurement (i.e. pricing, delivery, costs, and quality audits).
  • Partner with suppliers, distributors, and customers, creating communication channels for critical information and operational improvements such as direct shipping and third-party logistics.


Required Qualifications

  • B.S. degree, business field preferred
  • 5+ years’ supply or demand planning or financial experience
  • Must have strong communication and customer service skills
  • Understanding of Supply Planning and Operations
  • Ability to lead/manage within the matrix organization and influence without authority
  • Sense of urgency and bias towards action
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Able to identify and analyze opportunities for improving financial drivers throughout the supply chain

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in an operations role
  • Financial background related to operations or supply chain planning


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