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PMD Staff Engineer, Columbia, South Carolina

Job Requisition ID:  37265

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 2020 revenues of approximately $8.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


  • Make safety your priority every day. Role modeling safe practices, participate in safety audits, support safety projects, and incorporate safety into your routine communications with staff and operating personnel. 
  • Lead/assist in incident investigations for incidents in assigned areas. 
  • Serve as Study Leader for area PHA’s, execute action items stemming from PHA studies.
  • Maintain/update LOTO procedures for EMN asset lines.

Production Support

  • Daily Duties
    • Assist Area Manager with day to day tactical management of SCO operations, working closely with Eastman and DAK management/operations as needed.
    • Participate in morning area production meetings.  Review line status prior to meeting and come prepared to discuss issues/needs for the day.  
    • Investigate concerns raised by Team Managers or crew members and provide technical assistance as needed.
    • Provide input to the area manager for items to be included in the daily write-up to communicate process needs and objectives for assigned areas. 
  • Serve as a back-up to Area Manager for daily operations when the Area Manager is absent.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of a dashboard of performance measures for SCO operations to provide real time indication of performance versus entitlement and plan.
  • Serve as Division Rep on capital/expense projects as needed.
  • Assist in development and updating of manufacturing procedures.
  • Assist in developing and delivering process-specific training to DAK operations personnel; ensure a robust training program is in place. 
  • Maintain SPC data; update/maintain citation control strategies.
  • Assist with shutdown LOTO/Maintenance planning.
  • Identify and execute improvement initiatives for Process Monitoring and Control/Situation Awareness.  
  • Assist with conducting Asset Criticality Analysis (ACA) on Eastman assets with appropriate follow-up to critical vulnerabilities.

Manufacturing Competence

  • Develop expertise on all SCO melt-phase, solid-stating, and material transfer/packaging processes. 
  • Develop a deep understanding of polymer process chemistry.  
  • Develop expertise on the compatibility of copolyester products to ensure that risks of cross contamination are minimized.


  • Assist site Quality Manager with production records and monthly closing duties
  • Assist site Quality Manager in initiatives to improve Quality systems to ensure that we maintain ISO certification
  • Assist site Quality Manager with customer complaint investigations

Education Requirements

  • Minimum of BS in Chemical Engineering

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: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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