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Circular Solutions Project Leader

Job Requisition ID:  43469

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

Job Summary


This role is for a project leader focusing on a variety of programs enabling the Circular Economy at Eastman. This project leader will develop and modify business processes related to integrating circular solutions into routine business processes within an accelerated time frame by leading cross-functional teams using project leadership methodologies (DMAIC, Business Design, Lean, Change Management, Agile, and others as needed).


This project leader will be called upon to deliver solutions to some of Eastman’s biggest challenges. In this role, the leader is working on a highly visible growth area for Eastman – Circular Economy.  Eastman has announced and is working on more than $1 billion in hard-to-recycle plastic recycling facilities in Kingsport and across the globe.  This assignment is an opportunity to gain exposure to complex problems with high management visibility, broaden your knowledge and understanding of company cross-functional processes, and gain experience in leading diverse groups to deliver results on complex projects.  The candidate will receive project leadership training as needed to be able to deliver results. They will also receive consultation from several Master Black Belts throughout the job assignment and will also work with an assigned project champion for each project.


The ideal candidate will have strong project leadership skills as well as a desire to be an integral part of Eastman’s transformation into a leader in the Circular Economy on a global scale.

Lead cross-functional business process design teams.  Teams can be both local and global.
Apply project leadership tools / methodologies to develop new and modify existing business processes.
Deliver effective people-driven results using Change Management methodologies and tools.
Maintain appropriate project documentation including project charter, progress updates, measures, control plan, and final report.
Communicate & transfer best practices, techniques, & tools to peers & other improvement teams.





Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of a BS in a business or technical field.

5+ years project leadership experience
Prefer Six Sigma experience

Highly organized approach to delivering outcomes
Strong initiative 
Highly flexible in a constantly changing environment
Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
Ability to manage multiple projects and work effectively in a team environment
Strong analytical skills
Strong implementation and follow-through skills
Strong presentation skills, particularly to management audiences



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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