Group Leader, Process Improvement

Job Requisition ID:  51565

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




The Group Leader is responsible for leading a Process Improvement Engineering Team supporting the TXO Chemicals Manufacturing Division. The Group Leader works closely with the team to support safe and reliable operation and product growth through experimentation, capital projects, cost saving projects, process improvement, and technical assistance. The Group Leader will work closely with business product managers, technology and engineering group leaders, and manufacturing leadership teams. The Group Leader is responsible for coaching and retaining qualified staff that contribute to division and company goals. He or she ensures the highest quality performance through feedback, training, and development of their personnel.



  • Maintain an effective safety and wellness culture including driving the Eastman Zero Incident Mindset, training and general awareness. Lead by example through active participation in department Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) programs.
  • Coach and develop 10-12 direct reports by ensuring each direct report understands their alignment with manufacturing, the business, and their impact on short and long term financial success. 
  • Know their direct reports’ strengths, development needs, and career interests.
  • Understand the technology, business, and asset strategies, and reinforce a vision for the group to support these efforts.
  • Lead the establishment of effective cross-functional relationships within and across business, manufacturing, and technology teams.
  • Develop, maintain, evaluate, and prioritize an active portfolio of growth and cost improvement projects for supported processes and drive execution with their team based on resources, capital funding, and business demand. 
  • Prioritize work and projects for team members in accordance with company needs, and monitor progress.
  • Attract, engage, develop, and retain the talent needed to provide people capable of implementing current and future programs.



  • Bachelor of Science in a technical field, preferably Chemical Engineering.
  • 3-5+ years’ experience in a manufacturing-oriented organization, preferably chemical manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and a desire to lead and develop people.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate the right level of detail to the right audience, at the right time.
  • Self-starter, driven by the discovery, investigation, and implementation of process improvement and meeting customer needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, make assignments, and ensure execution in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to influence without authority and build strong networks across Technology, Manufacturing, and Business Organizations.

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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