South Haven Chemical Operator

Date: Jun 12, 2024

Location: South Haven, MI, US, 49090

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22979 

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 Chemical Operator for our South Haven Site.  The South Haven Site produces a portfolio of products for the specialty pharmaceutical industries, specifically Active Pharmaceutical Intermediates.  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 Lake Michigan Coast with beautiful beaches and fun year-round.


A Chemical Operator mechanically prepares production materials for packaging and shipment through centrifugation, drying, milling, compaction and classification using prescribed cGMP practices. Tends tumble dryers, mills, classifier, compactors and centrifugal extraction equipment. Completes proper documentation of all steps taken in the process.  This title reports to the Operations Supervisor.  Starting wage is $23.16 per hour with room for advancement.


  • Loads and operates milling machine to produce material that meets customer specifications
  • Compact and classify material to insure proper particle size
  • Pack out material in shipping containers and move into shipping warehouse
  • Maintain high level of housekeeping to prevent cross-contamination of material
  • Fill out proper documentation including batch records, AN, log books
  • Loads and operates tumble dryer to remove moisture from product
  • Must be available to work nights, holidays, weekends and overtime
  • Must be available to work 12-hour shifts (4:45-5:10) and do 3 months on days - 3 months on nights rotation
  • Must pass a job specific test
  • Must be clean shaven to wear a respirator at times
  • Must pass a drug screen
  • Must pass background check including criminal

Skills, Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • Candidate must have strong aptitude in mathematics, chemistry as well as good communication and writing skills with a strong mechanical aptitude.
  • Manufacturing experience of 1+ years is preferred.
  • All employees must pass a drug screen and physical.     


Link to information on Grace Benefits:

 US Benefits


  • 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

Nearest Major Market: Kalamazoo