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Director, HR and Labor Relations Gulf Coast and West

Date: Nov 8, 2022

Location: Lake Charles, LA, US, 70665

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 21101

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 recruiting for the position of Director, HR and Labor Relations, Gulf Coast and West. The position will be based at the Lake Charles manufacturing facility and will provide full scope HR business partnership oversight and guidance to the manufacturing teams in Lake Charles, as well as Baton Rouge and NORCO, LA, Pasadena, TX (near Houston), Albany, OR and Hesperia, CA. This role entails providing direction and guidance to a group of four (4) HR Managers located at the sites.  


In this role the selected individual will be responsible for the following:

  • HR partnership with Site/Plant leaders in providing comprehensive HR support to the manufacturing sites within the region and drive key HR initiatives. 
  • Participates and supports site safety programs and initiatives to ensure “No One Hurt” is a reality, in line with corporate and site safety initiatives.
  • Development of HR team within the region to ensure capabilities that strengthen the talent bench for the Grace HR network.
  • Participates in workforce planning initiatives and staffing/talent acquisition efforts to ensure plant talent requirements are met.
  • Ensures alignment with HR global and regional strategies and drives the implementation of those strategies.
  • Aligns with the HR service delivery model and coordinates regularly with the HR Centers of Excellence to deliver high quality services for employees, with focus on effective payroll, benefits administration, talent management and development practices.
  • Promotes and delivers on initiatives to drive positive culture and workforce climates, positive employee relations and open lines of communications at all sites.
  • Plans and prepares for union contract (CBA) negotiations at represented sites within the region and participates in negotiation process to achieve successful agreements/settlements.
  • Guides and administers grievance administration, working to minimize or resolve at lowest possible level. Prepares for arbitrations and other dispute responses to unions and government agencies. 
  • Utilizes HR and business systems to administer programs, analyze data and workforce trends.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, Psychology or a related field.
  • 12+ years of experience in Human Resources management.
  • 7+ years of experience in leading and guiding a team of HR professionals. 
  • Demonstrated success in leading change and driving workforce engagement within manufacturing environments.
  • Demonstrated track record in establishing and optimizing working relationships at all levels via excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communications skills to include written and verbal communications. Ability to develop and implement effective communications strategies. 
  • Proficiency in assessing, attracting and developing talent to build strong teams.
  • Familiarity with process improvement tools (Lean/Six Sigma) that facilitate sustainable process improvements. 
  • Solid project management background, experiences and results.
  • Exhibits sound and accurate judgment skills
  • Results and action-oriented approach to work to drive performance culture.
  • Familiarity with compensation and benefits practices
  • Proficiency with HR systems and processes (SAP, HCM, Payroll)
  • Creative approaches to challenges, opportunities and problem solving.
  • Strong labor relations experience including contract administration, grievance/arbitration management, and union contract negotiations.  
  • Leadership experience in manufacturing environments.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related field. 
  • PHR/SPHR 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.


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: Lake Charles