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RampD Manager - Polyolefin Catalysts

Company name
W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.

Pasadena, TX, United States

Employment Type

Manager, Research, Chemistry

Posted on
Jan 12, 2022

Valid Through
Apr 27, 2022

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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


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.

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