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Compounding Staff Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  24993

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.



  • Support the polymer compounding manufacturing operations at the Kingsport Plant.  Responsibilities include process troubleshooting, process optimization/improvement and improving product quality.
  • Daily responsibilities focus on the manufacturing operation which includes planning, troubleshooting, control system assistance, and communication to and from the operators. 
  • Track and analyze downtime to identify opportunities and monitor effectiveness of changes.
  • Coordinate technical activities within the manufacturing operations and interface with HSES, Maintenance and Engineering organizations. Serve as the manufacturing representative on capital project development, implementation and start-up teams.
  • Weekly production reporting/tracking. Monthly forecasting and performance tracking of raw material and utility yields. Production related SAP transactions and month end inventory reconciliation.



  • BS in Engineering from an accredited college of engineering; Chemical Engineering preferred
  • 3+ years’ experience in an industrial compounding facility
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to contribute effectively as an individual and within a team
  • High degree of initiative and ability to plan, prioritize, and work with minimal supervision with excellent commitment to task
  • Applicants should be familiar with PHA process
  • Applicants should be familiar with the Division Rep role on capital projects
  • Applicants should be familiar with manufacturing environmental compliance requirements


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.


Additional Role Responsibility Details:



  • Provide leadership in improving Department's safety culture
  • Support and participate in behavioral based safety focus
  • Provide technical assistance to HSE / Training Coordinators
  • Participate as needed in incident investigation process
  • Support Crew Safety Teams on safety improvement projects
  • Serve on Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) Teams
  • Coordinate implementation of PHA resolution plans



  • Ensure compliance with all environmental regulations
  • Compile and report on environmental data



  • Follow daily operations
  • Fill in for Operations Area Manager in their absence
  • Provide technical assistance to operations personnel
  • Support Development Engineer's projects


Financial Performance

  • Strive to keep Capital Projects costs within budget
  • Strive to keep Maintenance cost within budget



  • Serve as Division Rep for Capital Projects
  • Support Maintenance Planning and Execution
  • Manage Capital (SOR, SCP, SER) Project Lists
  • Prioritize, monitor and drive PLE Projects.
  • Execute projects via MOC process as appropriate

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Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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