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Process Development Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  41313

Eastman’s current hiring policy encourages and prefers new hires be fully vaccinated before reporting to work in this role when possible. 

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company's innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2020 revenues of approximately $8.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit

Job Summary


This posting is for a Process Development Engineer in the Performance Films Technology Organization at Eastman Chemical Company located in Martinsville, VA. Individual will be supporting automotive and architectural markets for solar control films and paint protection films. The position will have responsibility as a liaison between R&D and manufacturing with a focus on process development, successful scale-up of new products, and scouting new process innovation for coatings, adhesives, etc for a roll-to-roll process. 

Candidate must be flexible, proactive, and professional, with experience in scale-up and process development applications such as coatings, pressure sentitive adhesive formulations, radiation cured polymeric coatings, and web handling. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively and function in an innovative, fast-paced, multidisciplinary team environment. 

Position responsibilities include but no limited to:

  • Actively participate in full compliance with the site’s Zero Incident Mindset Safety programs.
  • Identify safety concerns and implement countermeasures to correct potential safety issues
  • Identify areas of improvement on the manufacturing floor and collaborate with R&D scientists and manufacturing engineers to provide solutions with direct impact in quality and cost
  • Scout external vendors and technologies and present recommendations for new technologies implementation to management. Develop capital projects proposals (includes developing scope, conducting project safety reviews, and generating estimates)
  • Participate in the improvement of operating and management of change process (MOC)
  • Interface with Project Managers to conduct production trials for new processes/products.
  • Interface with the Quality Department to identify actions for quality improvement and implement root-cause analysis, statistical process control (SPC) and other quality initiatives.
  • Communicate results, conclusions and recommendations to internal and external audiences. Keeping others informed of your work (Monthly Reports, Project Reviews, etc.).
  • Document work with clear, concise via technical reports and complete in a timely fashion.
  • Develop strategies and lead teams to obtain the information necessary to successfully scale up new products and processes to commercial scale, either in existing assets or new design and build.      
  • Provide representation to select business area(s) for Scale-up and Process Innovation, understanding business and market needs regarding growth, new commercialization, scale-up capabilities, and needed process technology improvements.  
  • Provide technical and business assessments to guide management through decisions and choices in development and scale-up of new products/processes
  • Provide scale-up project leadership, oversee lab, pilot, and manufacturing scale-up activities (direct oversight of lab work is not typically part of this job, but awareness and insight into the lab work of others on the team(s) is important).
  • Engage with business and technical management to advocate for appropriate scale-up activities, facilities, and capabilities
  • Represent Eastman with tolling opportunities where processes will be scaled and manufactured externally



Bachelor/Master of Science/Art – Mechanical, Industrial, Chemical, Optical, Physics or related discipline 
3+ years of experience in an R&D, Engineering and/or Operations 

Competencies /skills needed for the job:

  • Computer Environment: Microsoft: Word, Excel, Power Point. 
  • Familiar with Six Sigma Methodology as well as Minitab and/or JMP
  • Experience/familiar with wet coating application: Gravure and Slot Die
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments of varying complexity
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills for implementation of cross-functional process improvements
  • Strong background in analytical and quantitative skills for problem solving of large/complex problems and proven ability in decision making
  • Familiar with roll-to-roll Web Technology a plus but not required
  • Good written, listening, and verbal communication skills
  • Be a team player in a team environment
  • Be a self-starter and a self-motivator
  • Can respond to call outs and flexibility to work overtime and extended hours during weekdays (including weekends and holidays if needed)
  • Have a desire to make a measurable positive impact to plant performance and profitability
  • Have a desire to obtain hands on experience in R&D and plant operating environments

Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

Eastman is committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day.

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