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Sourcing Manager

Job Requisition ID:  39167

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


Sourcing Manager in the Indirect Materials and Services Team:


  • Develops and maintains a deep market knowledge comprising the assigned categories and uses market insights to inform and develop sourcing strategies.
  • Leads Sourcing and Procurement Management activities for the categories with the goal of achieving significant initial cost reductions, mitigating supply risks while ensuring/ improving product quality and/or supplier service levels.
  • Applies 4-step procurement framework to drive all aspects of strategic sourcing efforts; directly controls and is accountable for the results achieved.
  • Works with key stakeholders in member organizations and in corporate functions to develop and implement effective cost reduction strategies and implementation plans, as well as minimizing risks to business interruption.
  • Conducts supplier selection and negotiation processes utilizing best practices.
  • Completes monthly, rolling raw material price forecasts as needed.
  • Develops and maintains knowledge of and good working relationships, including partnerships, with key stakeholders. Applies this supplier knowledge to inform and develop negotiation strategies for executing sourcing strategies.
  • Formalizes supply into appropriate agreements and contracts.
  • Provides insights to commercial teams around supply, demand, and pricing trends in material markets to support decision making.
  • Tracks performance within each spend category and defines impact.
  • Drives best practices.
  • Upholds internal and external policies, regulations and laws.
  • Ensures compliance with Eastman’s corporate and Global Sourcing processes.




Education, Experience & Required Skills


  • Bachelor’s degree from an internationally recognized university required; MBA and/or technical degree preferred.
  • 5-10 years of successful track-record in Commercial roles, preferably with experience in Procurement.
  • Has the ability to represent all aspects of Eastman's position with suppliers and other external contacts. 
  • This role requires the ability to think strategically and execute methodically and a passion for reducing costs with a strong bias for action.
  • Exceptional negotiation, project management and problem-solving skills required. 
  • Strategic mind-set to identify improvement opportunities, with balance of short term and long-term interests.
  • Proactive and self-motivated in recognizing needs, solving problems, anticipating issues and developing solutions.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills. Proficient communication skills, verbal and written, in English.


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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