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Specialty Plastics / Circular Economy Manager - Advocacy Leader

Job Requisition ID:  35419

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 Representative works closely across the enterprise to set the direction for desired policy mechanisms, community investments, civic partnerships and builds and maintains strategic relationships with organizations that align to Eastman’s corporate growth strategy to drive community development, employee engagement and retention, and business growth. The role serves as an ambassador to federal, state and municipal agencies and their staff. The Representative grows and protects the Company’s reputation and fosters important relationships through community engagement and strategic investments.


The Representative is responsible for developing and executing strategic advocacy efforts at the state level to advance Eastman’s priority objectives.  He/she will be responsible for complex project management, monitoring and adjusting as necessary.  Both direct and indirect lobbying are required, as well as management of agencies and individual contract consultants. Strong communication and collaboration skills are critical. 




  • Conducts/participates in strategic planning with internal stakeholders to set direction of advocacy efforts and evaluate goals, objectives and priorities. Measure and report on initiatives and actions.
  • Manages complex advocacy initiatives in multiple states/geographies to progress corporate goals and enable business growth.
  • Builds and sustains local market relationships and partnerships with community, civic and nonprofit organizations to support company objectives and help meet community needs.
  • Influence key stakeholders to drive community initiatives and obtain state and local support – including economic/community development incentives to support corporate strategic objectives and improve the quality of life in site communities.
  • Actively represents Eastman in community and economic development initiatives by developing and maintaining strategic alliances with local advocacy organizations.
  • Operates across organizational boundaries to build consensus across the company to advance guiding policies, strategy and goal implementation.
  • Collaborates across the Public Affairs organization to facilitate local disaster community relief/recovery response efforts.
  • Collaborates across the Public Affairs organization to ensure alignment with key local, state and federal government officials and other key stakeholders
  • Builds trusting internal relationships as a central point of contract and expert in external stakeholder/community decision-making regarding issues affecting company stakeholders and reputation.



Job Qualifications / Requirements


  • Master’s Degree preferred in public or business administration, BS degree is required
  • 7-10 years’ experience in government affairs or public service management with demonstrated success in:
    • Progression and influence of policy mechanisms
    • Economic and infrastructure development
    • Wide variety of experiences leading strategic partnerships – creation, execution and demonstrating collective impact
  • Significant experience in multi-state initiatives, complex project or platform management
  • Team leadership and budget management experience required 
  • Understanding of circular economy and experience in environmental, climate or recycling related issues is a plus


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.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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