Direct Procurement Operations Representative EMEA

Job Requisition ID:  51784

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 Role


As the Direct Procurement Representative, your role is to execute sourcing strategies that you will help define in the Global Sourcing natural work teams. Your continuous improvement mindset will be crucial in executing and driving operational direct procurement processes in EMEA. You will be responsible for daily purchasing activities, including supplier management, securing raw materials according to established strategies and contracts, as well as sourcing new materials. Collaboration with your cross-functional team will be key to drive and achieve shared goals.

This position reports to the Strategic Sourcing Manager in EMEA and will directly interact with Direct Procurement Operations team (6FTE), the Sourcing Managers, R&D, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and many others to accomplish the goals of the business.   
You’ll need to be willing to pursue understanding and information on your own and be open to challenges and change. This is an opportunity to develop yourself towards larger Sourcing & Procurement (or other commercial) roles.


Key Responsibilities (not limiting)


  • Processes and documents all P2P transactions in an efficient and accurate manner by working with the Sourcing Managers, Account Payable and key stakeholders in the GSP organization and/or businesses. 
  • Work across multiple cross-functional teams, where you will be expected to have influence without authority.  
  • Manage day-to-day interaction with suppliers including but not limited to expediting of material delivery, supplier performance assessment and complaint management. 
  • Work regularly with Eastman Logistics and Supply Chain to ensure supply. 
  • Manage and ensure compliant vendor approval process. 
  • Obtain and analyze pricing bids to determine proper sourcing of raw materials. 
  • Negotiate pricing, payment terms, and other commercial aspects of vendor relationship.  
  • Identify and implement cost savings and avoidance opportunities without impacting service levels. 
  • Work safely by being a role model, always demonstrate and encourage safe work habits with everyone, and ultimately drive for zero incidents.
  • Upholds internal and external policies, regulations, and laws.
  • Ensures compliance with Eastman’s corporate and Global Sourcing processes, 




  • Bachelor of Science or Arts 
  • 2+ years professional experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English AND one other European spoken language (ideally German) 
  • Expertise in SAP and/or SAP-Ariba data processing systems and Microsoft Office
  • Comprehensive knowledge of purchasing, logistics, and basic understanding of supply chain mgmt. 


Preferred Skills and Competencies


  • Strong continuous improvement mindset (dares to challenge the status quo).
  • Embraces change & challenges with a strong bias for action and determination to get things done well. 
  • Ability to work in a team environment and demonstrates (self-)leadership.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to forge internal customer/external supplier relationships.
  • Demonstrates problem-solving skills with a positive can-do mentality.
  • Experience in negotiation and understanding of contracts and commercial terms. 




For further information about this position please send your application via the apply button before 26th July 2024.


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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