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Project Manager

Job Requisition ID:  45502

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 www.eastman.com.

Responsibilities

As Eastman transforms its portfolio and accelerates growth platforms, the need for world class innovation project leadership is of utmost importance to ensure effective and efficient execution.   This Innovation Project Leader position resides in the Specialty Plastics Business Organization and is responsible for leading growth efforts in Eastman’s most strategic growth areas and working to ensure long-term innovation project leadership capability across Eastman through best practice sharing and coaching

  • Lead Plastics growth projects, ensuring high quality decision making and speed of execution.
  • Serve as the primary contact for project-related inquiries.
  • Ensure consistent and clear communication at all levels for project-related information. 
  • Drive project planning and execution by creating project plans and meaningful milestones, managing changes in team and scope, removing barriers, and holding the team accountable for meeting scheduled milestone dates.
  • Ensure team has necessary functional expertise, foster engagement and commitment to drive decisions and fully leverage strengths of team members.
  • Effective use of Eastman’s EBME Stage Gate framework for developing plans, guiding choices and activities. 
  • Collaborate across functions, including Business, Marketing, Technology, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Legal, Engineering, etc., driving accountability and a sense of urgency.
  • Elevate issues and barriers with recommended path forward options to peers and key stakeholders. 
  • Drive continual improvement and development of project leadership best practices and tools across Plastics.
  • Coach and develop less experiences project leaders in the use of project leadership best practices and tools.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or higher (engineering or science-based field of study preferred)
  • Master’s in Business Administration preferred.
  • Proven track record (3+ years) of excellent project leadership and execution with appropriate outcome/decision, including leading a cross-functional team, effectively planning/scheduling and regularly communicating with internal stakeholders.
  • Substantial hands-on experience with a new product development methodology and stage-gated process, either serving on cross-functional teams or preferably leading innovation projects/programs.
  • Market-facing and customer engagement experience is strongly preferred.

 

Critical Enabling Competencies

Influence: 

  • Can effectively and efficiently influence global, cross-functional team members and stakeholders
  • Ability to develop a vision, gain buy-in and energize a team to accomplish goals
  • Develop cooperative relationship with groups and individuals

Adaptability

  • Make timely and sound decisions under conditions of uncertainty while remaining flexible
  • Show resilience from failure by learning and adjusting future actions
  • Ability to navigate areas without previous experience or expertise; rapidly develops new, effective competencies

Judgement

  • Ability to think objectively and strategically, assess challenges and articulate a clear vision to overcome such challenges
  • Ability to tailor the level of rigor of work to ensure critical hypotheses are in support of high impact choices

Communication

  • Ability to write and speak effectively, clearly and confidently as dictated by circumstance and audience

Bias for Action

  • Convey a sense of urgency, drive issues to closure and persist despite obstacles or opposing viewpoints

Business Acumen/Customer Focus

  • Can provide relevant financial analysis and understand business implications of projects
  • Identifies and anticipates customer needs consistent with business strategy; creates value for customers through the consultative process; demonstrates customer empathy

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.


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