Product Development Engineer
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. - Louisville, KY

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Bridgestone Americas, Inc. develops and markets sells tires for passenger, light truck, truck, bus, construction, mining, agricultural, motorcycle and kart applications through more than 12,000 outlets. While we're known for our tires, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. also manufactures and markets a variety of other rubber products, including building and industrial products, synthetic polymers and fibers and textiles. We are currently seeking a Product Development Engineer - Tires to join the growing team at our new technical center in Akron, OH! Job Description The Passenger and Light Truck Tire Engineering group develops the next generation of Bridgestone and Firestone consumer products. Teammates develop new tire constructions and designs for the North American and South American markets while improving the performance of existing tires, and developing technologies for future development programs. They are responsible for the project management of their tire programs from experimental development through production start up in a cross functional team. Some travel to support product development, gain market understanding, interact with other Bridgestone technical centers, and meet with customers is expected. With our new state of the art technical center in Akron, Ohio, we endeavor to provide teammates with challenging assignments, a flexible work schedule, and opportunities to learn and grow. Responsibilities Executes projects assigned by the section manager Works within a team environment, taking responsibility for assigned projects Conducts trials in the manufacturing locations, tests the prototype tires, and recommends next steps for the product development Interacts with proving grounds to understand product performance Interacts with Consumer Marketing team or customer to understand product targets Supports manufacturing during production startups and evaluates results Advises and assists the plant on manufacturability/process issues
What you need to succeed A desire to learn Demonstrates strong project management skills; planning, organizing and prioritizing Driven to solve problems and pursue opportunities A passion to develop a consumer product from cradle to grave Strong decision-making skills based on data Creative and innovative problem solving skill Strong written and oral communication skills Displays a sense of urgency Computer skills - Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Word Demonstrates proactive behavior; anticipates and provides countermeasures Ability to influence others within the organization when no direct reporting relationship exists Job Requirements Minimum requirements are a BS in Engineering, Mechanical preferred Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. A drug test is required as part of the pre-employment physical. Ideally 2+ years of experience with product development Experience in the tire, automotive or consumer products industries preferred FEA - Abaqus experience a plus Understanding of tire vehicle dynamics a plus Successful candidates will be provided training including how to design tires Company Overview Bridgestone Americas' corporate family (BSA) traces its roots to the establishment of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in August 1900. It was then that 31-year-old Harvey S. Firestone (1868-1938) started tire production with 12 employees in Akron, Ohio. On the other side of the globe in 1931, Shojiro Ishibashi (1885-1976) created Bridgestone Tire Company Ltd. (later renamed Bridgestone Corporation). He fashioned the company name by reversing the English translation of his own: "Ishibashi,' which literally means "stone bridge' in Japanese. Bridgestone Corporation purchased Firestone in 1988 for $2.6 billion, transforming the companies' combined operations into the world's largest tire and rubber company. The operations in the Americas were renamed Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. (BFS) and became the largest subsidiary of Bridgestone. As part of its integration with Bridgestone's existing U.S. operations, Bridgestone/Firestone moved its headquarters from Akron to Nashville in 1992. In an effort to enhance its core business units and to address its customers' needs and wants, the company today does business in the Americas under a holding company structure in which Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) owns several operating units and subsidiaries. Today, Bridgestone Americas consists of an international family of enterprises with 52 production facilities almost 50,000 employees throughout the Americas. Bridgestone is an Affirmative Action - Equal Opportunity Employer