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Controller Division Accountant

Job Requisition ID:  43715


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 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit




The Controllers Division Accountant can be assigned in multiple areas of Controllers Division, depending on current need and candidate experience, but the two most likely areas or Functional Accounting or General Accounting, so descriptions of these roles are provided below.


Functional Accountant


The Functional Accounting team provides cost accounting and analysis services to Eastman’s non-manufacturing functions, such as Finance, Human Resources, Supply Chain, Procurement, etc. Additionally, this team has corporate oversight, analysis and forecasting responsibility for the SGA, R&D and Distribution areas of the P&L. Individual functional accounting roles include the following areas of responsibility:


· Provide on-going support to management teams for assigned functions, including cost center reporting, variance analysis, cost center set-up and hierarchy assignment.

· Perform necessary duties for the monthly closing process, such as monitoring results of functional cost centers, projects, and PA assessments and taking proactive steps to ensure accurate financial results.

· Coordinate budget process for functional areas including the tasks of labor and cost center planning, functional reporting and analysis, PA assessment set-up, and business analysis of budgeted SGA, R&D and Distribution expense.

· Develop specialized reporting and analysis to support corporate reporting needs for functional areas, including functional direct spend reporting and business SGA analysis.

· Ensure consistent application of corporate policies and procedures as they relate to accounting for non-manufacturing direct spend and SGA, R&D, and Distribution expense.

· Assist with work within and outside of the work group; be of service to teams in efforts to solve problems and support decision making of functional management teams and co-workers.




General Accountant


The General Accounting team responsibilities include entity and accounting services for US legal entities, global intercompany process oversight, global treasury accounting, and corporate balance sheet analysis and forecasting. Individual general accounting roles include the following areas of responsibility:


· Perform necessary duties for the monthly closing process for assigned legal entities, including journal entries, intercompany reconciliations, and financial statement review and fluctuation analysis.

· Monitor intercompany relationships and transactions between legal entities.

· Research and explain variances for assigned sections of corporate balance sheet to ensure accuracy and understanding of financial results.

· Provide input and analysis for the monthly balance sheet and cash flow forecasts.

· Provide information and analysis to internal partners related to assigned legal entities.

· Provide information and analysis to external auditors in support of the annual financial audit and quarterly reviews





Required skills include:


· Strong analysis, planning, and organization skills

· Advanced spreadsheet skills

· Strong verbal and written communication skills

· High level of initiative and good judgment

· Ability to work with different personalities, cultures and levels of management

· 2+ years' accounting experience preferred




BS/BA – Accounting or equivalent educational background required. Certificates and advanced degrees are considered a plus.



*This exciting opportunity is based in Kingsport, TN and is a hybrid role consisting of 3 in office days and 2 days working remotely at home*


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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