Staff Engineer, Materials Shipping & Support (MSS, Material Handling)

Job Requisition ID:  50496

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 2022 revenues of approximately $10.6 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit 




This is a Technical Staff role in the Materials Shipping & Support (MSS) Section of the Manufacturing Services Department of the Specialty Chemicals, Materials Handling & Services Division. This position involves working with Operations, Maintenance, Engineering and other support staff. In this role, your primary responsibility is to serve as a technical expert for the area by gaining knowledge of MSS systems/processes, while understanding external departments' processes and systems. Other responsibilities will be to identify and implement improvements to the manufacturing process in areas of safety, environmental, productivity, quality, cost and reliability. Specific duties include day-to-day troubleshooting and assistance with crew projects. This position reports to the MSS Area Manager. 


  • Work closely with Technical, Operations and Maintenance to assist MSS with supporting other manufacturing areas in achieving their production objectives
  • Provide daily technical support for resolving technical and quality issues
  • Maintain an awareness of Manufacturing concerns through daily interactions with Staff, Operators and Supervision
  • Drive reliability and other general improvements within the department
  • Develop and lead efforts in Manufacturing to meet key business and site initiatives while maintaining a focus on safety
  • Champion Zero Incident Mindset by engaging with team members
  • Participate in the area maintenance planning process and work directly with plant engineering to execute projects and improvements
  • Develop, coordinate and implement capital projects within the department
  • Develop and prioritize a project portfolio. Coordinate resources for implementation.
  • Provide operational oversight for the MOC process, as needed
  • Provide technical assistance and leadership to Operations
  • Provide back-up assistance in the absence of the Manufacturing Supervisor or Area Manager when needed
  • Provide occasional weekend duty coverage for the department once onboarding training is complete
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with all stakeholders
  • Maintain familiarity with PSM, including PHAs and LOPAs. Participate on PHA teams. Generate and execute projects to address action items.





  • Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited college or university is required
  • 2+ years of experience in a chemical manufacturing plant required
  • Strong technical & engineering skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to support working with a broad cross-section of employees


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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