Senior Category Manager - Industrial Packaging

Job Requisition ID:  51110

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 2023 revenue of approximately $9.2 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


The Role

At Eastman, our people are at the core of everything we do. We embrace equal employment opportunities and value diversity in our workplace. We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our Direct Procurement organization as a Senior Category Manager for Packaging. This full-time position, ideally based in Kingsport, TN, USA (though other Eastman locations will be considered), reports to the Sourcing Director and offers an exciting opportunity to lead strategic sourcing initiatives for a portfolio of industrial packaging categories.

Key Responsibilities

As a Senior Category Manager Industrial Packaging at Eastman, you'll primarily focus on sub-categories such as flexibles, FIBC’s, paper bags, and pallets and other industrial packaging. Your role involves:

  • Developing a robust category strategy and approved plan
  • Leading the deployment of the strategy and prioritizing procurement initiatives
  • Conducting fact-based negotiations, supplier selection, and contracting
  • Managing procurement initiatives in alignment with stakeholders and cross-functional partners 
  • Focal point for key suppliers, including contract management
  • Facilitating knowledge sharing and collaboration among category managers and buyers
  • Contributing to the development of Eastman's indirect strategy
  • Enhancing Eastman's indirect procurement profile and recognition


We offer:

  • An open, trusted, and flexible work environment that empowers accountability
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement by fostering curiosity and an open mindset
  • A culture prioritizing safety and well-being, both physically and mentally
  • Inclusive communities where every employee is equally valued and respected
  • Collaboration with stakeholders and suppliers to achieve great things
  • A commitment to learning and progress for a better future


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field; master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in procurement or commercial roles related to packaging
  • Strong skills in category management, strategic thinking, and collaboration
  • Ability to influence, motivate, and negotiate effectively
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and proficiency in demand management
  • Data analytics skills and business intelligence gathering ability
  • Dedication to delivering impactful outcomes

Join us!

Join us at Eastman and be part of a dynamic team driving innovation and excellence in packaging procurement. Apply now and let's shape the future together.

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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