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Manager, Human Resources

Job Requisition ID:  37673

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

Role Profile


The HR Leader acts as a strategic partner to the line management of the site or sites supported.  He/ she works to embed the corporate HR strategy into the talent strategy for the sites, while aligning HR processes and initiatives to the business/functional strategy and driving talent outcomes needed to drive the accomplishment of short-term and long-term business objectives for the site.  The HR Leader serves as a full member of the Site Leadership Team and supervises a team of HR professionals at the site.  The position coordinates with multiple, corporate/functional HRBPs.  The organization supported has significant size and/or complexity and business-level business impact.  The number of sites/states, size of the facilities, complexity of labor relations and related factors will determine the job level.

Main Responsibilities


Strategic Partner

  • Work closely with appropriate HRBP(s) to align people strategy for the site(s) supported with function/business
  • Understand and contribute to strategy development of the site(s) supported
  • Understand the talent needs of the site(s), including support of leadership development/succession planning process 
  • Identify/address talent gaps before they impact business
  • Adjust HR strategies to respond to changing needs


Operations Manager

  • Maintain/monitor and act on critical HR metrics
  • Assess/track and address employee attitudes/behaviors
  • Design/adapt HR programs to fit operating strategy
  • Keep line updated on HR initiatives 
  • Counsel managers and employees on HR policies and procedures


Employee Mediator

  • Manage conflict between employees and managers, and between line leadership
  • Resolve political issues in the execution of business plans 
  • Emergency Responder
  • Quickly respond to line manager and employee questions or complaints
  • Respond to manager and employee needs
  • Supervise, coach and develop a team of HR professionals

Qualifications & Work Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, HR management, or related field
  • At least 6 years’ experience in a HR managerial role
  • Direct experience in one or more HR center of excellence preferred (Comp, Benefits, Staffing, Talent Mgt, etc.)
  • HR Generalist experience and SHRM certification preferred.

Expected (Leadership & Organizational) Behaviors


  • Thought Leadership: Demonstrate Strategic Insights and Execution
  • Results Leadership: Exhibit Courageous leadership to drive results
  • People Leadership: Build and Inspire High Performing Teams
  • Market Insight: Leverage market insights to guide decisions and determine what is right
  • Courage: Make courageous choices to innovate and accelerate value creation
  • Optimism: Optimistically focus on continual growth over a longer-term horizon
  • Bias for Action: Have a bias for action, prioritizing issues and making sound decisions, despite uncertainty or risk
  • Adaptability: Adaptable to market and customer opportunities quickly


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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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