Operations Manager

Job Requisition ID:  51207

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 www.eastman.com.


Summary Description


This position is responsible and accountable for the safe operation of a complex facility that includes seven production units as well as plant utilities, waste water treatment unit and plant storage and handling facilities.  The site handles multiple highly hazardous raw materials including but not limited to Ethylene Oxide, Acrylonitrile, Ammonia and Hydrogen Peroxide and produces 20 different amine and amine derivatives that go into commodity and specialty lines.  

The primary objectives are to meet business area production requirements at the lowest total cost while meeting all safety, health and environmental regulations and requirements.  Responsible for implementation of plant improvements and capital projects.  Works with engineering group to ensure that the technology is in a constant state of improvement.  Involved in longer range planning for the facilities with respect to plant outages/turnarounds that will allow for maintenance activities to be completed to ensure plant reliability and also be consistent with sales demand for various products.

Job Description


  • Provides overall direction to optimize plant operation in raw material and energy usage while meeting business area’s volume requirement
  • Provides leadership to maintain high standards in the areas of safety, health, hygiene and environmental.  Meets all internal and external requirements and make ongoing improvements in these areas.
  • Communicates on a regular basis with outside the plant groups to maintain a working relationship including the business area, sales, safety and engineering
  • Provides the leadership and direction to optimize the loading and shipping areas to meet the business area scheduling and volume requirements
  • Provides leadership and training as required to improve safety, quality and environmental programs while encouraging a participative, team-oriented work force.
  • Responsible and accountable for 13 cost centers with a yearly controllable budget of ~$50 million. Key member of the site leadership team; first in line as Site Manager Designee; onsite customer and product management interface; and Site Incident Commander during emergencies.
  • Serves as site customer interface with major customer on pipelined products.  Key member of cross company sales and operating planning team (S&OP) responsible for scheduling all production runs and coordination.
  • Leads plant productivity
  • Sets, monitors and achieves key performance indicators
  • Provides technical feedback and assistance to the business group in dealing with outside customers
  • Visits customers as needed
  • Participates in local community affairs
  • Develops all area personnel to ensure suitable replacement for all positions
  • Maintains communication with management, employees, the business area, plant groups and others 
  • Responsible in Site Manager’s absence
  • Implements policies as set by the Central Safety Committee 




  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering is required. Chemical Engineering highly preferred.
  • MBA a plus


  • Minimum 10 years' experience in plant operations/management in the petrochemical industry along with strong leadership ability in production management and technical competence


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

Nearest Major Market: Baton Rouge

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