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Sourcing Manager, Circular Economy

Job Requisition ID:  38971

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 a Sourcing Manager for Circular Feedstocks within the Global Sourcing Team and an active member of the cross-functional Feedstock Supplier Activation Team (FSAT), you will be developing and executing elements within the unique and overarching Circular Feedstocks Sourcing Strategy.  The FSAT dashboard comprises technical and commercial funnels, and our charge is to accelerate the progress of feedstocks through these to meet our needs. This is an opportunity to shape the way Eastman does business in the Circular Economy, and you’ll be on the forefront of this work.

This is a full-time position with the ability to work remotely and will report to Strategic Sourcing Manager aligned with the Plastics and Circularity Division. You will directly interact with other Sourcing Managers, the Circular Feedstocks team within Corporate Technology and Innovation, as well as Team Members from Sales, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Sustainability functions, in order to accomplish the goals of the Circular Economy business. There will also be a heavy interaction with Eastman Logistics, the Alternative Methods of Supply team, and of course, feedstock suppliers. On occasions, you may be expected to present information to Leadership and would need to be comfortable in doing so in a professional manner. There is no direct supervision of employees in this role.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Build and execute feedstock category strategies by leading a cross-functional, category team
  • Create the situation assessment for the category including internal and external assessments, analysis of the business requirements, value chain and capability assessments (SWOT, 5-Forces, SCP, cost curves, etc.)
  • Lead option generation that includes commercial, specification and demand levers and choices of what we will do and what we will not do
  • Prioritize the Feedstock category strategy development to align with business, technology and manufacturing requirements
  • Conduct Feedstock supplier management activities
  • Lead initiatives that deliver the value (cost savings or value to functional area) utilizing project management skills and change management techniques
  • Track the performance of spend to understand price and volume variances; make adjustments to approaches based on results.
  • Develop and lead supplier relationship teams, where applicable, to drive continuous performance improvement (annual target development, quarterly progress, etc)
  • Develop year on year forecast of price impacts for category
  • Develop supplier engagement plans annually for major suppliers.
  • Conduct supplier development activities to identify additional potential suppliers. 
  • Lead sourcing events for the Feedstock categories, such as reverse auctions
  • Lead and conduct RFI’s and RFP’s utilizing an eRFx tool as the preferred method of engagement. 
  • Negotiate contracts and amendments as necessary to deliver the category strategy and deliver initial and ongoing cost advantage.
  • Ensure pricing is managed per the contract and approve all price increase requests by suppliers.  
  • Research, identify, and validate the credibility of our new Circular Feedstock suppliers
  • Work across multiple cross-functional teams, where you will be expected to have influence without authority
  • Obtain and analyze pricing bids to determine proper sourcing of raw materials
  • Negotiate pricing, payment terms, and other commercial aspects of vendor relationship
  • Identify and implement cost savings and avoidance opportunities without impacting service levels
  • Uphold internal and external policies, regulations and laws


Required Education and Professional experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required (business, engineering, science, or supply chain). Master’s Degree strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 2 years commercial experience is required. 
  • Previous exposure to purchasing, sourcing or commercial experience such as contract negotiations, market assessments, strategy frameworks (e.g. Porter analysis, SWOT analysis, etc) is strongly preferred.
  • Five years project and/or program management background.

Required Skills and Capabilities:

  • Demonstrated Capability to learn new techniques and quickly applying them.
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams in challenging situations and build consensus.
  • Strong communication ability to convey information to individuals and groups in a variety of situations.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time.


Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with Information Technology ERP Software (SAP) 
  • Experience with problem solving in a structured manner using data and problem-solving frameworks such as  Kepner-Tregoe or McKinsey 4-step.


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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