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CM&S Area Manager

Job Requisition ID:  44427

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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 Centralized Maintenance & Services (CM&S) Division is actively seeking to fill the position of Area Maintenance Manager.  The Area Maintenance Manager (AMM) is a second-level managerial position that functions as the single point of contact for all maintenance and reliability needs within an operating division’s asset base.  An effective AMM has two primary responsibilities:  (1) Allocating resources to support the safe, reliable and cost-effective operation of the asset base for a designated manufacturing division; and, (2) Developing the skills and capabilities of the personnel assigned to support that designated manufacturing division.  To accomplish these dual objectives, the AMM must be skilled at developing, prioritizing, and executing tactical plans to support the needs of both the maintenance team and the manufacturing division.  The AMM must also be skilled at making choices and implementing plans that support the strategic needs of the workforce and which drive long-term productivity improvements without compromising safe and reliable operations. 


The AMM must develop effective networks with partners across both the aligned operating division and CM&S Division to understand and prioritize tactical and strategic needs. These key partners include, but are not limited to:


  • Operations Maintenance Managers
  • Crew, Department and Division Safety Coordinators
  • Planning and Scheduling Team Managers
  • Reliability and Maintenance Engineers
  • Turnaround Coordinators
  • Centralized Eastman Maintenance crews
  • Contract Maintenance & Construction crews


While the position of Area Manager in Maintenance is not new, CM&S is purposefully shifting the focus of this role to focus more on talent management and personnel coaching and development, and less on technical problem solving.  The AMM will not be effective at the dual objectives of the role if s/he spends a significant amount of time doing technical problem solving; therefore, the AMM must be able to assess, develop, and trust the area maintenance team’s technical problem solving capabilities.  Personnel reporting to the AMM directly and indirectly typically include a team of maintenance team managers, engineers, technicians, and other skilled craftworkers and support staff.


The ideal candidate will…


  • Embrace the challenge
  • Be self-motivated to drive improvement 
  • Effectively plan and organize
  • Remain calm and rational in stressful situations 
  • Make decisions under uncertainty with imperfect information
  • Delegate to others, even when s/he knows how to solve the problem
  • Invest in their team’s success 
  • Model high integrity: Honest, fair, and trustworthy in all relationships
  • Build effective relationships within the team
  • Provide timely, constructive, and direct feedback to help others improve  
  • Build strong partnerships across all levels of the organization 
  • Lead change passionately
  • Communicate effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Articulate where we are headed and what’s expected of everyone on the team 
  • Verify comprehension of each team member 
  • Lead effectively when operating outside her/his comfort zoneLead others outside their comfort zones  
  • Display commitment
  • Remain focused on what’s possible, rather than limitations
  • Listen to ideas and concerns and advocates for the team during “review and adjust” cycles 


Educational Requirements:

  • Associates &/or Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering, or MAP/STP program graduate with significant leadership experience.


Considered as a plus:

  • Direct & indirect supervisory experience
  • Situational expertise with administering coaching in all directions
  • Depth of knowledge in maintenance and manufacturing work processes
  • Experience facilitating and resolving complex human resource issues
  • Familiarity with Change Management concepts
  • Ownership and successful completion of complex and/or large-scale projects


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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