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Group Leader, Polymers Development Division

Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,500 people around the world. For more information, visit

This posting is for a Group Leader in the Polymers Development Division located in Kingsport, TN. The Group Leader will lead the Polymers Process Development Team to investigate, develop, and implement new and improved manufacturing processes for improved quality, productivity and cost as well as commercializing new products and support capital projects.  The majority of the team’s work supports the Specialty Plastics business and includes products like TRITAN, SPECTAR and EMBRACE copolyesters.  The Group Leader is responsible for coaching and retaining qualified staff that contribute to division and company goals. He or she ensures the highest quality performance through feedback, training, and development of their personnel.  The Group Leader is also responsible for the alignment of the strategic direction of the group with that of the division and for understanding the associated business and technology strategy.  They work to communicate and execute the Technology strategy for the division and set expectations for group members. The Group Leader shall champion and drive project execution, critical thinking, and innovation speed on the group’s deliverables.


Major Responsibilities include:

• Maintain an effective safety and wellness culture including driving auditing, training and general awareness.  Lead by example through active participation in department Health, Safety, Environment, and Security (HSES) programs.

• Coach and develop direct reports by (a) ensuring each direct report understands their alignment with the business and their impact on short and long term financial success; (b) utilizing the performance management process; (c) expect and reward exceptional performance; and (d) utilizing the disciplinary process when appropriate

• Know their direct reports’ strengths, development needs and career interests

• Understand the technology, business and asset strategies, and create and implement a vision for the group to support it.  This includes initiatives for new products, capital projects, and process and productivity improvements.

• Lead the establishment of effective cross-functional, inter-group, and inter-divisional relationships

• Define clear, prioritized workplans for team members in accordance with company needs, and monitor progress of the plans.

• Execute technology strategy to support the business; identify and execute initiatives for new product lines, process improvements and productivity initiatives

• Attract, engage, develop and retain the talent needed to provide people capable of implementing current and future programs


Job Requirements / Qualifications:

• BS or higher degree in Chemical Engineering, with process improvement experience, or Chemistry or equivalent from an accredited college or university is required

• Minimum 5 years of industrial experience is required

• Prior industrial experience with commercial scale polyester synthesis including a strong background in the principles of process engineering or scale-up concepts is preferred

• Working knowledge of potential commercial issues and/or Intellectual Property & Trade Secrets is a plus

• Ability to understand and guide work within a matrix-enabled organization

• Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills; Ability to communicate the right level of detail to the right audience, at the right time

• Self-starter, driven by the investigation, discovery, and implementation of new technologies and meeting customer needs

• Demonstrated ability to prioritize, make assignments, and ensure execution in a high activity environment



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.

Eastman Chemical
Full time
Kingsport, TN, TN 37660, US