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 .
Eastman’s Coatings & Inks business is a growth engine for Eastman. For more than 70 years, this business has offered one of the most diverse and innovative product portfolios in the global coatings industry.
Our products span multiple markets including industrial, automotive, architectural, packaging, inks and more. One of our key brands is Tetrashield™, a portfolio of protective resins products designed to make safe, sustainable coatings more durable through improved weathering, chemical resistance, and hardness.
Eastman collaborates and works with our direct and indirect customers to formulate differentiated and innovative Coatings and Inks solutions.
We also engage with brands to educate them on the value that our technologies can create in their most important applications.
Responsible for leading the development of next generation products or new applications for existing products enabling formulators to differentiate performance, reduce cost and increase sustainability for functional coatings and surface treatments in flexible packaging or paper products.
The position reports to the EMEA coatings group leader and supports customers in the region but also operates within a global packaging and emerging segment team.
The role is based in our new European Technology Center in Ghent, which was opened in 2018.
Comply with all corporate, division, and group safety requirements and model good safety behaviors.
Support quality, health, and safety initiatives as they relate to formulation, material safety, and technical data sheets.
Following the stage gate process, apply deep understanding of formulations and regulatory requirements to develop new products or new applications for existing products that enable formulators to differentiate performance, reduce cost and increase efficiency.
Engage with customers to discover needs, match fitness for use characteristics with product offerings, and support the engagements through final commercialization.
Determine fitness-for-use criteria for specific surface treatment and coatings applications and translate these to formulation characteristics using knowledge of structure-process-property relationships.
Select raw materials for starting point formulations to test developmental additives, polymers, solvents and other ingredients.
Provide technical support to manufacturing and QC organizations during product scale up and commercialization.
Develop new technical literature to support new products, applications or techniques.
Establish peer level connect with universities, research institutes, co-suppliers and customers to identify potential opportunities for synergies and joint development.
Provide regular insights on new technologies, applications and competitive solutions in the architectural coatings segment and play a key role in development of Eastman’s intellectual property strategy.
Mentor and support development of scientists and technicians.
Works closely with the global technical service team and Eastman’s customers to support them on new product launches.
Assess and communicate customer needs and project results to division leadership, marketing, manufacturing, technology, and business partners, tailoring the communication to the audience
Attend trade shows / technical conferences to align with market trends and establish / strengthen market connect.
Document results accurately and in a timely manner using e-notebook, technical reports, and invention reports, as required.
Network with a cross functional team across R&D, marketing, sales and manufacturing to develop products and understand the application of these products so that they can be translated quickly from the lab to commercial scale.
Master or PhD in coatings, polymer science, physics, chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, or another relevant field.
Long time experience of product development for surface treatments or functional coatings for paper or flexible packaging.
Experience in direct supply to flexible packaging or paper convertors or with raw material development.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of other European languages is a plus. Dutch, French and / or German language skills are preferred.
Ability to work in our new technology center in Ghent, Belgium
The candidate is required to travel up to 25% of their time.
Eastman is committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day