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Senior Chemical Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  47105

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


This challenging and exciting position is for an experienced chemical engineer to support a wide variety of scale-up growth projects within the Chemicals, Batch Polymers, and Cellulose Esters Pilot Plants in Technology. The position will have responsibility for the planning and execution of experiments as well as troubleshooting and identifying maintenance needs to ensure safe, reliable operation.  

The job responsibilities are as follows:

  1. Develop methods and strategies to scale up new products and processes from lab to pilot to manufacturing scales. 
  2. Develop technical expertise in Chemicals pilot plant processes to identify opportunities to improve safety, cost position, quality, reliability, and/or capacity.
  3. Propose and execute production trials and tests on pilot plant scale.  Includes leading teams through thorough hazard identification and pre-startup safety reviews.
  4. Monitor and troubleshoot daily operational issues - interface with operations and maintenance personnel to address issues with equipment reliability, operability, and safety. Will require some availability by phone or text on nights and weekends.
  5. Partner with colleagues as part of cross-functional teams including technology, manufacturing, businesses, HSES, and other functions to drive process improvement projects, growth programs, and business initiatives.
  6. Provide project leadership for MOC and capital projects from design through construction and startup.
  7. Assist in development of operations dashboards, alarm and interlock management tools, eLogbook applications, and other tools/aides to ensure operational excellence and drive operational discipline in assigned area.
  8. Provide timely communications to management and project stakeholders by communicating project needs, value, priorities, and decisions to ensure project success.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering is required with 5+ years’ experience related to process improvement or piloting manufacturing process development.
  • Commitment to high level of safety and environmental awareness. Includes knowledge of and commitment to process safety.
  • Experience in pilot plant support and scaling small-scale processes to plant-scale equipment (preferred).
  • Exhibit good leadership attitudes and behaviors is essential. 
  • Initiative and the ability to work in a team setting is crucial.
  • Must be a self-starter with a focus on results. Ability to lead and drive challenging projects forward despite uncertainties.
  • Comfortable challenging peers and supervision to develop creative solutions.
  • Proven ability to engage well with technicians, operators, peers, and management.
  • Excellent written, listening, and verbal communication skills.
  • Comfortable with new software tools and ability to learn quickly in order to assist with digitization and operational excellence efforts. General computer experience with relevant and Microsoft software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

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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Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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