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Global Reliability Improvement Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  44781

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


As a Global Reliability Improvement Engineer, you'll provide subject matter expertise to high demand/margin manufacturing assets resulting in support of near term and sustainable reliability improvement resulting in lower costs (less reactive work), increased variable margin (fewer lost production events), deferral of otherwise needed capacity expansion projects, and/or lower product inventory levels (free cash flow).  


  • Champion Eastman Zero Incident Mindset through focus on reducing unplanned operational events through consistent, disciplined reliability and asset integrity management.  
  • Support the Global Reliability Program Managers in leading reliability improvement in high-priority cases across the enterprise by: 
    • Executing standard reliability assessments to define critical manufacturing asset specific gaps (Reliability Essentials Assessment, Rapid Reliability Improvement, RCFA)
    • Providing consultation and troubleshooting for specific issues / events
    • Promoting the use of corporate reliability standards, processes, and capabilities
    • Developing and implementing corporate reliability standards, processes, and capabilities
  • Report to Reliability Capability Center Leadership on a regular basis on prioritized reliability opportunities, reliability value captured and issues requiring support or decision 
  • Indicators of Performance – Supported Areas. Each engagement will include specific deliverables and objectives, but these will frequently include
    • Reduction in Lost Production (versus baseline) or Variable Margin improvement
    • % Reactive Work
    • PMs Outside of Grace
    • Repair Cost
    • Structural Cost Reduction
    • Playbook adoption (particular emphasis on Reliability Management System)


Required Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering required. Mechanical Engineering highly preferred.
  • General knowledge of reliability and reliability management systems
  • Comfortable in the field, in the shop, in team and 1:1 interaction
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Moderate travel will be required to support assigned manufacturing assets (approx. 20%)
  • Assignment office location may be flexible and will be discussed during interview process
  • Role model Eastman values and principles
  • Excellent at team leadership & influence without direct authority
  • High credibility with maintenance & manufacturing leaders


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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