Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

  • Innovation Lead

    Employee Type
    Regular Full-Time
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    Research & Development
    Business Strategy
  • Overview

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.
    Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

    The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

    Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

    Position Summary

    ​The Innovation Lead is responsible for leading and operationalizing the Bridgestone Americas Innovation Framework. This individual's responsibilities will focus on technology, business and solutions innovation with the scope of enterprise-wide, cross functional collaboration and initiatives that will often encompass end-to-end analysis and future state redesign efforts. The Innovation Lead will frequently interact with senior leadership and major stakeholders with Technology & Business to ensure alignment and healthy execution of Bridgestone's innovation strategy. The Innovation Lead will also steer position BSAM efforts relative to Bridgestone Corporation's Global Innovation efforts.


    • Operationalize BSAM Innovation Framework and associated governance structure
    • Manage associated budget and resources related to top priority initiatives together with Program Management
    • Initiate ideas aligned to enterprise focus areas into Innovation Framework for progression through the defined pipeline and per expected success rate
    • Develop KPIs and metrics to actively monitor innovation pipeline health and focus area coverage
    • Engage/establish innovation culture within SBUs and functions
    • Support acceleration of Bridgestone Americas Big Bets through Innovation Framework and support project team readiness for stage-gate entry, progression and exit
    • Evaluate, champion and implement innovation best practices including the innovation go to market (Commercialization) process and needed structure in conjunction with project leads and experts
    • Provide access to and promote innovation tools and techniques across the enterprise
    • Champion the appropriate auditing and analysis of the innovation process effectiveness and provide visibility of results and needs to leadership
    • Build relationships regionally and globally with business partners
    • Serve as BSAM member and window on global innovation committees to ensure global process synchronization and communication
    • Oversee all needs to ensure the effectiveness of the Innovation Council and Innovation Steering groups including Executive Committee/Steering Team/Working Teams needed updates and issue escalation


    • Undergraduate degree in Economics, Engineering, Finance, Marketing or related field
    • MBA strongly preferred
    • 10 or more years of demonstrated experience in Innovation, growth initiatives, market expansion or related areas
    • Experience leading/managing others
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent presentation skills to audiences of various sizes and levels of authority
    • Proven ability to multitask, prioritize workload and collaborate across multiple business units
    • Proven skills with building strong and lasting business relationships requiring extraordinary collaboration
    • Ability to engage and influence others in all levels of organization toward common business objectives

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