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Manufacturing Manager

Job Requisition ID:  29514

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 2018 revenues of approximately $10 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit

The Role

As Manufacturing Manager, you will be responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the production units on site

  • You will set the tone for the standards expected within the production areas and hold people accountable in support of set targets.
  • You will champion the zero-incident mindset and ensuring Eastman basic safety expectations are met and that all production operations are carried out safely.
  • You will act to satisfy the business demand, working with both Eastman and external business teams to ensure their needs are met.
  • You will understand the process hazards in the areas and be able to respond effectively to process issues and equipment failures in each plant.
  • You will lead a team of around 80 Eastman employees (5 direct reports) and will be responsible for their performance, development and motivation.
  • You will lead performance improvement initiatives in the production units and assist in troubleshooting where needed.
  • You will assign resources to ensure that gaps and opportunities for improvements are addressed across all areas within the production units.
  • You will proactively develop a good working relationship with other functions on site to ensure customer needs are met.
  • You will maintain a professional business relationship with guest operations, interpreting their requirements and allocating their resources effectively.
  • You will be responsible for the production area budgets, working with your reports to minimise unnecessary wastage in raw materials, utilities and cost.


The Person

  • A minimum of a Degree level qualification within an engineering discipline or equivalent.
  • Relevant experience in managing a team, including managing performance objectives and targets.
  • Proven track record in production management.
  • People manager with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to communicate effectively at all levels through the organisation.
  • Good technical background; able to contribute to plant discussions and solve process issues.
  • Organizational and project development/management skills.
  • Strong personal commitment and takes ownership for the task at hand.



Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to 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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