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Specialty Plastics / Circular Economy Application Development Representative

Job Requisition ID:  31604

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


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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Position Purpose

This position is for an Application Development Representative in Eastman China Technology Center for AP Specialty Plastics business. The primary responsibility of this person is to lead new application development projects, provide technical support to sales opportunities and market segment strategy.



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.  As such, we are looking for sellers who have a passion for sustainability, are exceptional in their functional discipline, and can lead customers and markets to a more sustainable future.


Job Responsibilities

  • Identify new application opportunity by working together with technical service, marketing and sales. Join customer call to discover customer unmet needs, understand customer requirements and define material value propositions.
  • Provide technical solutions and materials recommendation to meet customer’s application requirements. Determine fitness-for-use criteria for specific applications through a combination of empirical, experimental and modeling methods. Translate the fitness-for-use criteria to fundamental polymer characteristics using knowledge of polymer structure-property-performance relationships.
  • Lead technical projects through effective design of experiments; coordinate activities within technology, marketing and sales for project planning, milestone and deliverables. Translate technical insights to technical service team.
  • Support Innovation & Growth strategy. Participate in cross functional growth teams identifying areas for regional business growth. Identify new application opportunities, new technology projects, involve in developing multi-generation technology platform to support regional growth.
  • Articulate Eastman product value proposition, communicate technical insights through internal and external technical conference, customer presentation. Provide material training to customers.
  • Participate in trade shows / technical conferences to gain insights on market trends and establish/strengthen industry connection


  • PhD degree in Polymer/Chemistry/Material Science.
  • Strong background in Plastics/Polymer/Materials application development. Minimum 3 years of working experience. Technical expertise in plastic sustainability is a plus.
  • Strong customer interface and communication skills in discovering customer needs and translate customer requirements into application specification.
  • Strong communication skill with Business partners (Marketing and sales)
  • Demonstrate strong leadership in project management, cross function team work and cross-region collaboration
  • Proficiency in English writing and speaking.




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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