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Application Development Representative Specialty Plastics

Job Requisition ID:  32943

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2015 revenues of approximately $9.6 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world.


  • Be the application development and technical expert in the film, sheet extrusion and packaging segment and its applications (including understanding competitive products)
  • In-depth knowledge on co-polyester chemistry and how it relates to the end-use applications.
  • Understanding of European sustainability drivers in the plastic packaging segment and develop innovative applications to meet these requirements.
  • Promote an entire portfolio of solutions to meet the film extrusion & related packaging market needs
  • Identify & document industry and customer specific unmet needs and product fitness for use criteria
  • Work close to Technical Service colleagues promoting customer trials and evaluations.
  • Provide technical product training to customers, distributors and sales & marketing teams
  • Participate in, align with and influence the strategy of an industry segment team
  • Become a core member an industry segment team (Application Development, Marketing, Sales, Technical Service, Product Management)
  • Support market facing Stage Gate projects and lead related technical activities internally and externally
  • Design and execute experiments aimed at developing applications
  • Responsible for material recommendations converting the voice of the customer into “Critical to Quality”-parameters which drives product selection and development
  • Help develop technical information for customer engagement
  • Keep up to date with market / application and processing technology developments / competitive material and competing technology developments
  • Define market specific unmet needs / deficiencies knowledgeable about industry relevant secondary operations
  • Partner with Product Development team to deliver products meeting market needs and adding value to Eastman

Candidate profile

  • MSc in Polymer chemistry & processing or Material Science preferred
  • >10 years industrial experience with an in-depth knowledge of applications and market trends associated with the film, sheet, profile extrusion and/or packaging industry
  • Experience in other plastic processing technologies & related secondary operations would be preferred
  • Experience with polymer testing and characterization preferred
  • Excellent customer facing experience
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills
  • Experience in delivering complex technical presentations
  • Project leadership experience preferred
  • Marketing and/or business acumen preferred
  • Demonstrated strategic and innovative thinking with a desire to solve problems
  • Fluency in English is mandatory and German a nice to have


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