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Continuous Improvement Engineer Ghent South - BE

Job Requisition ID:  29823

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 2019 revenues of approximately $9.3 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit 

Within the Manufacturing department, we currently have a vacancy in Ghent South (Belgium) for a CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT ENGINEER

This is the Role

As continuous improvement engineer you will be responsible for the improvement of Saflex manufacturing processes, products and services. The purpose of this position is to help build a problem-solving organization and step away from the existing fire-fighting mentality to bring the overall Ghent manufacturing performance to the next level. In order to achieve this goal, you will  effectively prioritize continuous improvement projects and study, develop and implement improved processes using operational excellence techniques. Finally, you will contribute to the cross-departmental and worldwide transfer of knowledge by sharing best practices of the implemented improvements.

Your main responsibilities:

  • identify and prioritize improvement project within Saflex Manufacturing by evaluating existing chronic performance deficiencies
  • analyze, develop and implement continuous improvement projects within Saflex Manufacturing
  • use operational excellence techniques (e.g. 6-sigma, lean, FMEA,…) to pro-actively improve existing processes
  • prepare educational material and present this information to various groups  
  • maintain right to operate conditions in the Saflex process to assure the continuity of the Ghent operations
  • cultivate networks with people across a variety of functions and locations within the organization
  • are part of the Saflex Manufacturing team and will enroll in our on-call system


This is who you are

An autonomic, entrepreneurial and ambitious person with an operational focus. You have a bias for action and are motivated to learn and use operational excellence techniques. A team player with excellent communication skills, who communicates easily and efficiently to others. You are comfortable in leading improvement projects and provide sound decisions based upon team interactions.

Required background & qualifications

  • Master in engineering or science who is looking for a job in Manufacturing
  • Min. 2 years of experience and/or knowledge in Operational Excellence is considered as a strong asset
  • Fluent in Dutch and English


This is what we offer

It’s about growth and your long-term success. At Eastman, your career path can take many routes—each offering growth opportunities, competitive salary and benefits, and a globally growing work environment. Eastman fosters a culture of diversity steeped in teamwork and employee involvement, a place where dedicated individuals turn great ideas into materials that make a difference in everyday life. We support and encourage one another and believe that leveraging diversity in our thoughts and experiences allows us to excel in business.



For further information about this position please contact Katrien De Keukeleere via +32 92436417 | or send your application via mail to; or apply via My Career

Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to 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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