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Plant Manager / Maintenance Department - Longview, TX plant

Job Requisition ID:  45664

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



In this role, you will be responsible for leading a team of 2nd level maintenance leaders who are committed to safely and reliably supporting the assets that help produce materials that improve the quality of life in a material way.  You will leverage your experience and skills to lead some of the world's most talented maintenance teams. You will use your advanced leadership abilities to drive safety, exceptional quality, and productivity within Eastman’s Longview, Texas facility. Through collaboration with cross functional teams, you will drive continuous improvement aligned with Eastman’s Core Values and Global Plan for Success (GPS).   The Maintenance Manager’s responsibilities span over a broad range of skilled craft that support the day-to-day preventative and corrective maintenance as well as the planning, scheduling, and execution associated with Shutdown/Turnarounds (STO).  You will manage the interface between departments and boundary organizations including, but not limited to, operations, maintenance, contractor services, business organizations, administrative areas, and support services.   

As a leader, you will coach your team members in leadership and behavioral competencies to deliver high impact results for all internal customers.  You will be required to lead intentionally and continually build and improve organizational health and development to maximize employee engagement.  You will serve as a member of the Eastman Management team and be an active member of the respective Plant Services Division Leadership Team.


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead a large multi-crafted maintenance organization servicing customers across a substantial chemical manufacturing complex with numerous daily competing priorities
  • Champion the personnel safety of all employees and process safety through Quality Work Practices
  • Strategy development and accountability for departmental goals
  • Responsible for the culture and organizational health of respective organization
  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement
  • A champion of change / enemy of the status quo
  • Responsible for building collaborative working relationships with all internal customers and cross functional teams
  • Establish priorities and objectives (with input from stakeholder organizations) and communicate results
  • Ensure disciplined practices and processes are robust
  • Talent management
  • Development of leadership acumen for the organization – extreme ownership
  • Resource management in a dynamic environment
  • Employee development, performance, and satisfaction
  • Develop and manage departmental budget as well as drive the site wide Maintenance Budget Process to ensure the appropriate asset performance and support of corporate earnings objectives
  • Champion department improvement efforts to reduce costs and increase productivity with safety and quality uncompromised
  • Use Key Performance Indicators and associated metrics to make decisions and drive improvement


Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Business Administration or similar technical field
  • MBA Preferred


Essential Qualifications:

  • 7 or more years progressive experience in maintenance and/or engineering leadership, with a minimum 5 or more years leading as a 2nd level supervisor or above is required
  • Proven competency in driving safety performance improvement and improved safety culture across areas/teams
  • Understanding of safe work practices; excellent safety history
  • Supervisory skills including safety awareness of staff, budget control, scheduling, and staff development
  • Leadership skills including setting goals, priorities, and performance evaluations
  • Good motivational skills: ability to influence and manage change; ability to work well with Operations Partners in a team environment
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, including experience leading individuals and teams indirectly
  • Proven track record of raising standards each year to drive organizational excellence
  • History of improving team performance and work practice through team coaching
  • Consistently makes sound and timely judgments in an ambiguous environment
  • Good communication skills at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with varied priorities and drive them to closure


Preferred Qualifications

  • Chemical/petrochemical manufacturing environment
  • Depth of knowledge in maintenance and manufacturing work processes
  • Ownership and successful completion of complex and/or large-scale projects
  • Experience facilitating and resolving complex human resources issues
  • Situational expertise with administering coaching in all directions
  • Capital project experience including generation of scope and estimate; design of items like plant layout and piping; equipment design and procurement; and construction
  • Strong technical and problem-solving skill for mechanical design, failure analysis, and maintenance best practices
  • Familiarity with mechanical integrity program management
  • General understanding of Engineering Standards and Specifications
  • Advanced manufacturing knowledge
  • Functional use of the corporate computer systems
  • Proficiency in using SAP

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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