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Specialty Plastics / Circular Economy - Regional Government Affairs Manager

Job Requisition ID:  35420



This position can sit in The Netherlands (Rotterdam) or Belgium (Brussels)



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 2019 revenues of approximately $9.3 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA


Are you passionate about sustainability and want to make a difference? We are looking for ambitious bring-it-on-problem-solvers who are dedicated to doing what’s right for the planet. Join our team and help make the circular economy a reality right now.


Eastman is an advanced materials company investing in the people, technology, and assets to make the circular economy a reality, right now. We’re revolutionizing recycling at the molecular level to develop sustainable materials with high levels of recycled content that look and act exactly like materials without recycled content. And better yet, we’re doing it with an improved environmental footprint, leaving fossil fuel in the ground and lowering carbon emissions. 


In 2019, Eastman began commercial-scale molecular recycling for a broad set of waste plastics that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated, or worse, end up in the environment. Learn more about our efforts at


If you share our vision, have relevant experience and want to be a change-maker our world needs, you don’t have to wait. Join our team and do what’s right, now.


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Role Description


Eastman is working to catalyze the transformation from a linear to a circular economy.  With the launch of two commercial molecular recycling technologies, Eastman sees the opportunity to show what is possible and create real solutions to the world’s plastic waste problem.  In order to do this, we must shape market expectations, break through old paradigms, and drive change in the market. 

The Public Affairs Department of Eastman Chemical Company is looking for an experienced individual who will contribute to the company’s strategy support on key EU issues and advocacy efforts working in close collaboration with issue experts based in EU regional and U.S. Global Headquarters.




Under the supervision of the VP of Global Public Affairs, with a dotted line to the Regional Managing Director for EMEA, the successful applicant will be required to:

  • Advocate and communicate Eastman’s mission, values and business commitments to local/national and EU government officials, industry trade associations, and other stakeholders.
  • Represent the company in trade associations, in close collaboration with relevant corporate and business issue experts
  • Identify, monitor and analyze national and EU legislation impacting Eastman’s business operations and product markets, identify and develop vehicles for favoring Eastman products in legislation/policy, and recommend appropriate actions.
  • Work closely with the businesses to help develop and execute advocacy strategies that defend and expand key product markets
  • Expand the company’s advocacy networks in Brussels and help develop key political allies.
  • Communicate effectively and ensure alignment with internal stakeholders (e.g., Legal, Supply Chain and Businesses)
  • Assist the EMEA communications team in the development of corporate and business communications related to policy developments and initiatives.

The successful candidate should demonstrate the ability to inspire, motivate and manage external stakeholders and coordinate multiple priorities and initiatives effectively.




  • University degree in political science, law or international economics; science degree with advocacy experience will also be considered
  • At least 10 years experience in managing EU public policies in a heavily regulated industry
  • EU trade association and public relations experience are preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of the EU processes, stakeholders and politics
  • High sense of integrity, accountability, reliability and diligence; demonstrates a track record as a self-starter
  • Fluent in English; German and Dutch are also preferable
  • Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative style; works effectively in and across a matrix management structure
  • Excellent advocacy and communication/presentation skills, both orally and written
  • Clear thinker, with an ability to make decisions in a complex and fast-moving environment; understanding and awareness of the “big picture” and strategic issues facing the overall business

Willingness to work occasionally outside regular business hours and travel within Europe and the U.S


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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