Environmental Project Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  51209

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 2023 revenue of approximately $9.2 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.




As the Circular Economy Program Environmental Specialist, you will help champion environmental design and due diligence as it relates to Eastman’s 2nd US molecular recycling plant.  You will work with the project team, Environmental Affairs, and local HSE teams to steward application needs and balance design with operating impact.  You will help to collate and steer best practice design, help to determine where plant waste streams are optimally suited, ensure that the plant is designed and built-in accordance with the Texas regulation and the permit requirements.   

You will be part of the design team and participate in engineering reviews, PHAs, 3D model reviews, in order to get the necessary input to completed your deliverables.  This assignment will migrate into pre-start-up reviews, commissioning checks and start-up, and ultimately to put in place and operate the compliance programs. 


  • Support necessary permit submissions for the circular economy investment in a timely manner with enough application accuracy to avoid rework. 
  • Take the complex and convert it into a manageable environmental project programs which allows for interfacing with the investment areas, multiple stakeholders 
  • Assist in developing, communicating, and tracking the required engineering deliverables where multi-step development is necessary to obtain the licensing and legal compliance requirements.   
  • Facilitate and assist in developing design or programs that balance permit success with economic project impact (ex. execution of appropriate “best-available-control-technology evaluations, and engineering modifications as needed to support resolution of environmental impacts issues). 
  • Facilitate and assist in providing information necessary for timely completion of estimates of air, water and wastes which support regulatory requirements. 
  • Facilitate and assist in providing all other information necessary for timely completion of air, water and waste permits. 
  • Assist in summarizing, communicating, and tracking design aspects critical to complying with air, water and waste permit/regulatory requirements for performance, monitoring and/or recordkeeping requirements (e.g. legal compliance) 
  • Assist as required with Texas Env Operation’s led representation of EASTMAN site interests at government agencies and associations.  Represent the design team’s environmental aspects with consultants, service companies, and within Eastman 
  • Participate in risk assessments as needed (PHA, environmental impacts analyses led by TXO EO and/or consultant) and facilitate information needs capture and timely resolution of action items. 
  • Acquires and documents environmental applicability and non-applicability for all medias. 
  • Collaborate with other environmental resources throughout the company to benchmark and identify best practices. 
  • Draft SOP’s for environmental compliance programs for the investment site to operate post mechanical completion and set up associated training.
  • Serve as a resource for practices, programs, and analysis/resolution of issues in environmental compliance, data collection, and reporting which may include complex analysis or solutions.  



  • Bachelor of Science degree in chemical or environmental engineering or equivalent technical degree 
  • 5 years exempt level experience in project, manufacturing or environmental assignment that requires interaction with manufacturing plants  
  • Demonstrated knowledge in environmental regulations in a chemical manufacturing setting  
  • Knowledge of TCEQ requirements 
  • Proven ability to timely implement and execute established plans and procedures 
  • Basic computer aptitude (database use, spreadsheets, word processing, presentation preparation) 
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills to interact and influence all levels within the company and outside the company 
  • Ability to simplify complex material or situations 
  • Flexible to adapt to changing priorities quickly and effectively 
  • Strong organization skills and ability to find practical solutions to environmental issues 
  • Effective communicator and works collaboratively multi-faceted team environment 

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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