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Growth Process Steward

Job Requisition ID:  35406

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 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2019 revenues of approximately $9.3 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA

Growth Process Steward


The Growth Process Steward (GPS) in Corporate Innovation is an ideal role for a candidate with high initiative to work with a multifunctional set of leaders in business, marketing and technology.  This role will report directly to the Growth Process Steward COE Manager and will support one of Eastman's business aligned growth portfolios. 

Job Responsibilities Include:
Process Manager:
• Stage Gate and Check Step organization, scheduling, facilitation and ensure expectations are met 
• Ensure Gatekeeping Team operating principles are documented, communicated, and followed, recommending improvements as needed
• Documentation and communication of critical decisions and action items in meeting minutes for all Gate Review, Check Steps and Portfolio Reviews
• Idea to Concept Process management and coordinator of reviews/timelines
• Management of project information in TPS such as project financials, file management, and moving projects through gates at appropriate times
• Plan, facilitate and/or lead ideation sessions as needed
• Facilitate Performance Agreement development and approval process

Portfolio Management:
• Organize and maintain Portfolio through tracking of metrics, goals, dashboards, budget and milestones.
• Ensure Process dashboards are correct and are utilized in reviews and by management.
• Facilitate the budgeting and planning process by monitoring project spend and project forecasting 
• Provide metrics and other portfolio analyses to upper management /leadership teams 
• Contribute to quarterly portfolio reviews at gatekeeping team, develop unique analyses as needed
• Facilitate improvement efforts for Corporate Portfolio Management
CTF Aligned Efforts:
• Management of project/platform information in the Corporate Technology Fund (CTF) Database 
• Facilitate scoring of projects and programs using the Corporate Innovation Prioritization Scorecard
• Utilize Corporate Innovation Portfolio Management Tools to provide standard data for project portfolio analyses at Gate Reviews or Portfolio reviews, as well as other meetings/events as needed  

• Develop EBME and Idea to Concept experience to enable coaching of project teams
• Ensure projects go through the appropriate process (Stage Gate, Non-Stage Gate).  Help project teams and gatekeepers determine which gates are appropriate for each project based on experience. Guide Gatekeeping team on gate appropriate topics and ensure operating principles are followed. 
• Determine project readiness for Gate review.  Ensure project teams have the deliverables needed for each stage of a project and the work is done to the expectations of the gatekeepers.  Shape gate reviews with project team to help drive successful choices/decisions.
• Assist project teams with determining which functional resources are appropriate to work on the project. 
• Coach teams on completing Idea to Concept forms appropriately.
• Act as a focal point for Stage-Gate process feedback; recommend process improvements to Corporate Process Steward.
• Participate in Growth Process Steward COE and bring best practices and opportunities for improvement to light.


Bachelors Degree or higher in Chemistry or other Scientific Discipline or MBA - Required
3-5 Years Experience, with 2 Years of Eastman experience - Preferred
Strong Microsoft excel and data management acumen - Required
Familiar with EBME/ StageGate process - Preferred
Must be able to manage their time independently, work proactively with peers and management, and have the ability to influence people at all levels without having direct authority.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Strong networking skills and cross-functional communication

Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to 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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