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R&D Manager - Polyolefin Catalysts

Date: May 7, 2022

Location: Pasadena, TX, US, 77507

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 19924

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 an R&D Manager at our lab and manufacturing site in Pasadena, TX
The role’s primary function is to provide leadership of the site team and drive polypropylene (PP) catalyst design and R&D projects, both technically and administratively, to maximize the impact of Grace’s R&D investment.  Key responsibilities for the successful candidate include: 


  • Drive projects through the stage-gate process, aligning closely with Marketing and Process Technology, for prioritization of the Specialty Catalyst (SC) business needs
  • Develop sound technical hypotheses for each project, estimate required resources, and seek the correct talent for the project, both internal and external
  • Drive ideation, both within the SC catalyst groups and more broadly within Grace, to grow the company's technology opportunities
  • Identify projects to take forward into the stage-gate process, whether they originate from within R&D or from within the other business functions
  • Manage workgroup group personnel and assign projects based on capabilities and skillsets to maximize output
  • Continually audit group capabilities and resources to identify ways to improve efficiency
  • Identify inventive aspects of new technology development and work with Grace legal to capture and protect such intellectual property
  • Manage a budget, and identify capital items to improve efficiency and capability
  • Manage all laboratory safety-related activities, including audits and 5S activities
  • Serve as a member of the Pasadena, TX site’s leadership team and supports site wide programs and EHS initiatives

Required Experience


  • Masters degree combined with relevant catalyst experience OR Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry or a related field
  • 5-10 years of experience working in an industrial laboratory setting
  • 2+ years in a leadership/supervisory role

Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience with inorganic chemistry, organometallics, or polypropylene (PP) catalyst design, synthesis, and commercial use downstream 
  • Experience with autoclave polymerization of polyolefin catalysts for evaluation under industrially relevant conditions.
  • Knowledge of common analytical techniques for catalyst characterization
  • Understanding of the critical elements of PP resin architecture
  • Experience with industrial safety practices for hazardous materials including pyrophoric





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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.


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