Production Supervisor

Date: Jun 15, 2024

Location: East Chicago, IN, US, 46312

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 23136 

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 seeking a Production Supervisor to join our East Chicago Plant Team.  This role reports to the Operations Manager and ensures a safe working environment for all employees, plans the production workflow as directed, supervises the production employees (team of 20-25, 5-7 per shift), and ensure the goals of the business are met. This role is part of a four-person supervisor team that follows a rotating schedule across three shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. 


The Production Supervisor Schedule: Blend of 8-hour and 12-hour rotating shifts including days and nights, holidays and weekends, and potential overtime.  


Production Operator Shifts:

1st Shift 7:00AM – 3:00PM

2nd Shift 3:00PM – 11:00PM

3rd Shift 11:00PM – 7:00AM



  • Conducts shift meetings with the operators to uphold a safe environment, review results of previous shift, set goals and expectations for next shift
  • Conducts regular area tours to ensure employee engagement, address performance and resolve issues, ensure cleanliness of areas, and perform safety walks / inspections
  • Develops shift reports and communicates performance / issues in area daily meetings
  • Manages daily work assignments and operator performance management
  • Coordinates production staffing with operations planning and in accordance with CBA
  • Inputs maintenance work notifications in SAP; reviews and authorizes required work permits
  • Inputs shift production results in SAP
  • Ensures equipment is ready for maintenance work
  • Inputs and supervises high priority maintenance work orders on off-shifts
  • Act as operations gatekeeper to ensure productive and efficient maintenance scheduling in coordination with maintenance planner
  • Manages team member disciplinary issues, assesses capabilities, and evaluates for necessary training

Physical Requirements and Environment

  • Ability to follow safety protocols and standards working in a pilot plant facility with highly hazardous materials
  • Ability to work in a high hazard environment, including adverse weather conditions, elevated spaces, confined spaces, extreme temperatures, and noisy surroundings.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb stairs and ladders over 100 ft.
  • Must be willing to wear PPE (Personal Protective equipment) including but not limited to hard hat, protective eyewear, steel-toed boots, hearing protection, Level A suit, full face respirator

Required Qualifications


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 7 + years experience in an industrial manufacturing environment
  • Leadership or management experience 
  • Hands on mechanical experience
  • Hands on troubleshooting equipment experience 

Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience in a chemical plant or refinery 
  • Experience supervising in a union environment 


  • 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 (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Company Donation Match Program

Benefits Website

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: Gary
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago