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Sourcing Manager

Job Requisition ID:  39823

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


The Sourcing Manager for Catalysts and the Acids, Bases, Salts and Solvents categories is a full-time position in the Direct Procurement organization, based in Kingsport, TN, USA, reporting to the Sourcing Director. The primary responsibility of this role is to manage global sourcing and procurement of the significant spend in these categories. This includes, but is not limited to, developing sourcing strategies for the needed materials and an overall direction for the categories, securing the needed materials at the lowest total cost of ownership, negotiating pricing and supply contracts with existing suppliers, working to develop new supply sources as needed, managing product supply and supplier risk and meeting with external suppliers and internal customers. 


In fulfilling this role, the Sourcing Manager will be supporting a Strategic Sourcing Manager in developing and driving the strategic direction and in managing strategic supplier relationships for the catalysts category and will interface closely with the Strategic Business Units and the Technology and Manufacturing organizations. In addition the Acids, Bases, Salts and Solvents Categories role will interface with Manufacturing, Supply chain planning, Quality organizations, and other internal stakeholders.


  • Works closely with key stakeholders in business leadership, quality, operations, finance, legal, and across global procurement to develop effective sourcing, inventory, cost reduction and category plans
  • Facilitates supplier exploration, negotiation and contracting processes and ensures contract compliance
  • Develops market expertise in the assigned categories and monitors market trends to inform sourcing decisions and make recommendations to business leadership
  • Leads cost savings opportunities via negotiations with suppliers
  • Facilitates cross-functional teams to develop and implement category strategies
  • Assesses product and supplier risk of business interruption and establishes and executes effective mitigation plans
  • Upholds internal and external policies, regulations and laws



  • Bachelor of Science or Arts required (MBAs and/or chemical/technical degrees are preferred)
  • Strong commercial and negotiating skills to drive to lowest total cost of ownership for the business
  • Strategic mind-set to identify improvement opportunities, with balance of short term and long-term interests
  • Has the ability to represent all aspects of Eastman’s position with suppliers and other external contacts
  • Proactive and self-motivated in recognizing needs, solving problems, anticipating issues and developing solutions
  • Adaptive to change, embraces challenges
  • Demonstrates a global mindset
  • Strong bias for action and goal oriented to drive to positive outcomes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


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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