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Product Steward & Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Job Requisition ID:  44261

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 www.eastman.com.

The role

The Product Steward is a key link between Eastman’s Chemical Intermediates Business Organization and the larger global Product Stewardship & Regulatory Affairs (PSRA) organization.

This new position will provide global Product Steward leadership for the AgroChemical Intermediates, Amines, and Acetyl business units. The successful candidate is responsible for developing/maintaining relationships with AgroChemical, Amines, and Acetyls Product, Marketing, and Technology Management teams, and providing them with comprehensive regulatory support, insights, threats/opportunities, and recommendations.  The role involves a deep understanding of the AgroChemical, Amines, and Acetyls market segments and Eastman’s product offerings and a hands-on approach to identify and obtain the necessary registrations, third-party certifications, and other regulatory clearances required to enable continued / extended market access for existing products and new product launches in line with the global Chemical Intermediates business strategy.

Responsibilities

 

  • Regulatory Insights:  Work closely with global regulatory functions and regional experts to understand current and changing / emerging regulations impacting the Agrochemical Intermediates, Amines, and Acetyl markets and product lines in order to: 
  • Business Relationship Management:  Build close relationships with the AgroChemical, Amines, and Acetyls representatives, which includes Product, Marketing, and Technology Managers in order to:
  • Project management and execution:  Develop and facilitate global registrations, product regulatory clearances, third-party certifications, and implementation of strategy plans by working closely with AgroChemical, Amines, and Acetyls Product, Marketing and Technology Managers, Global Regulatory Experts (FDDC, ICCL, Sustainability/Circularity/Biodegradability) and Regional PSRA Personnel, as appropriate.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Advocacy: Initiate, drive, and execute advocacy strategies to defend existing products and market access subject to developing legislation and influence the outcome of potential new legislation and regulatory trends.
  • Customer/value chain Inquiries and Communication:  Facilitate external communication of regulatory topics through: 
  • Creation and distribution of responses to customer inquiries related to the safety-in-use of AgroChemical, Amines, and Acetyls products
  • Develop clear customer communication strategies with the assigned business when regulatory changes impact existing products
  • Respond to inquiries and decisions of Authorities and Public Consultations
  • Represent Eastman as regulatory expert in Customer, Supplier, and End User / Brand Owner meetings
     

Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, polymer science, or related technical degree required
  • 3+ years of experience in PSRA desired, technical experience in amine and/or agriscience industry preferred
  • Proven track record in project management

 

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong communicator both written and oral
  • Demonstrated bias for action
  • Courageous decision making
  • Strong team player who is not afraid to ask for help
  • Results focused
     

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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