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Chemical Engineer (Experienced) - GPS

Job Requisition ID:  40174


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


This position is for an EXPERIENCED Chemical Engineer for GPS (Global Process Support) to support manufacturing, pilot plant, and lab scale process improvement and scale-up within Technology.  The candidate would be based near one of Eastman’s large manufacturing sites (Kingsport, TN or Longview, TN), and would travel as needed to provide global process improvement and described support at Eastman’s manufacturing sites around the world.


The job responsibilities are as follows:

1.)  Provide remote or onsite support to any of Eastman’s approximately 50 global manufacturing sites.  Travel is expected to be >50%, and may require temporary relocations of 2-9 months at times.  Compensation and reimbursement for travel and relocation, including tax adjustments, are provided. 


2.) Partner with colleagues as part of cross-functional teams including technology, manufacturing, businesses, HSES, quality assurance and other functions to drive process improvement projects, growth programs, and business initiatives.


3.) Propose and execute production trials and tests on lab, pilot, and manufacturing scales, utilizing design of experiment methodology where applicable.  Analyze subsequent data and make sound recommendations to the sponsoring organization.


4.) Use a data driven approach to troubleshoot daily operational issues - interface with operations and maintenance personnel as problems are addressed.


5.)  Develop methods and strategies to scale up new products and processes from lab to pilot to manufacturing scales.


6.) Provide project leadership and develop lab, pilot plant, and manufacturing trials, experiments and plant start-ups.


7.) Provide timely and relevant communications to management and project stakeholders by communicating project needs, value, priorities, and decisions to ensure project success.



Required Education:

BS in Chemical Engineering


Required Experience:

5+ years experience related to manufacturing support, process development, or process improvement


Additional Qualifications:

  • Commitment to high level of safety and environmental awareness
  • Experience in pilot plant support and scaling small-scale processes to plant-scale equipment (preferred)
  • Exhibit good leadership attitudes and behaviors
  • Must be a self-starter with a focus on results 
  • Ability to lead and drive challenging projects forward despite uncertainties
  • Ability to adapt and adjust priorities as appropriate to respond to changes in business priorities/demands
  • Comfortable challenging peers and supervision to develop creative solutions
  • Proven ability to engage well with technicians/operators, peers, and management
  • Excellent written, listening, and verbal communication skills


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.

Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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