Lead Process Safety Engineer

Date: Feb 8, 2024

Location: South Haven, MI, US, 49090

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22254 

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 a seeking a Lead Process Safety Advisor who will be responsible for the Process Safety Management (PSM) systems at our South Haven, MI site. This person will report to the Plant Manager.  The South Haven Site produces a portfolio of products for the specialty pharmaceutical industries, specifically Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.  Consisting of a cGMP kilo lab, pilot plant and custom manufacturing at the commercial volumes, the site is fully equipped to develop and manufacture custom drug intermediates and API’s.  South Haven is nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan with beautiful beaches and fun year-round. Will pay for all relocation expenses.


  • Execute the Process Safety programs in a process facility subject to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119 Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals and as implemented by MIOSHA Part 91, and EPA Risk Management Program (RMP) 40 CFR Part 68 Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions
  • Facilitate Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), incorporating industry best-practice methodologies, and Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) studies
  • Ensure PHAs are conducted efficiently and effectively following corporate policy
  • Maintain documentation of PHAs and Process Safety Information (PSI)
  • Maintain and update the site’s RMP plan as required by 40 CFR Part 68 
  • Review and update Process Safety SOPs within the site’s document management system
  • Conduct Root Cause Analyses (RCAs) as required
  • Recommend safeguards to  mitigate risks identified in PHAs
  • Recommend engineering controls as solutions to RCAs or other projected as requested
  • Facilitate periodic Corporate PSM audit and manage audit team
  • Manage the Corrective Action/Preventative Action (CAPA) system
  • Monitor the Incident Reporting and Management of Change (MOC) systems for regulatory compliance and adherence to corporate expectations
  • Develop training content and protocols for the EHSS team
  • Administer select training curriculum to new employees
  • Address hazards, deviations, and injuries in a timely manner
  • Available for on-call and after hours work as needed
  • Other duties/assignments, as requested

Required Qualifications

  • BS Degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum of 7 years of chemical industry experience, with supervisory and Process Safety leadership experience
  • Subject matter expertise in application of HAZOP/What-If, PHA, Root Cause, Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA), or demonstrated ability to learn these topics
  • High level of personal motivation, with a drive for ownership and accountability in performance of job responsibilities
  • Leadership of teams in a manner that encourages collaboration, focus, and energy
  • Strong demonstrable knowledge of applicable regulations (OSHA, NFPA, etc)
  • Proficient in using MS Office products
  • High level of personal motivation, with a drive for ownership and accountability in performance of job responsibilities
  • Ability to provide consultation and advice to a diverse audience effectively
  • Ability to handle multiple compliance tasks and decisions with minimal supervision

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to deliver relevant information in an enthusiastic, clear, concise and accurate way to promote individual and team commitment
  • Possess superior technical writing and interpersonal skills
  • In-depth knowledge of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119 and EPA 40 CFR Part 68


Benefits Link:

U.S. Employee Benefits Summary (grace.com)  

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability 
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace 
  • Retirement Plans  
  • 401(k) Company Match
  • 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: Kalamazoo