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Growth Process Steward

Job Requisition ID:  39550

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 2020 revenues of approximately $8.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


As Eastman transforms its portfolio and develops world-class products to enhance the quality of life in a material way, the need for effective execution of key innovation processes is essential to drive growth.  The Growth Process Steward position resides in the Growth Process Steward Center of Excellence and supports one or more of Eastman's business aligned growth portfolios.  The Growth Process Steward serves as the key liason between Gatekeeping Teams and Project Teams to ensure internal processes support the company's growth strategy and activation.

Major Responsibilities include:

Stage-Gate Process - influence design, implement, and sustain the idea-to-launch process for their team
• Stage Gate and Check Step Review facilitation
• Ensure Gatekeeping Team operating principles are documented, communicated, and followed, recommending improvements as needed
• Management of project information such as project financials, file management, and moving projects through gates at appropriate times
• Facilitate Performance Agreement development and approval process

Portfolio Management - provide input to the process using best practices to ensure their team optimizes and allocates resources to maximize value of portfolio and employs good process hygiene
• 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 improvement efforts for portfolio management

Coach/Mentor - coach and educate teams on the processes
• Ensure projects go through the appropriate process (Stage Gate, Non-Stage Gate) and guide Gatekeeping team on gate appropriate topics
• Determine project readiness for gate reviews.  Ensure project teams have the deliverables needed for each stage of a project and shape gate reviews with project team to help drive successful choices/decisions
• Act as a focal point for Stage-Gate process feedback
• 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 prior experience in commercial, marketing, or relevant technical roles - Required
Strong business/marketing acumen - Required
Familiar with EBME/Stage Gate process - Preferred
Excellent written and verbal cross-functional communication - Required
Strong organizational skills with an eye for detail - Required
Strong networking skills and the ability to influence without authority - Required

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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