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 global corporate social responsibility (CSR), commitment Our Way to Serve, Bridgestone embraces its responsibility as a global leader by striving to improve the way people move, live, work and play.
Exhibits strong process engineering and project management skills to drive continuous production improvement initiatives including safety, quality, cost, efficiency, and machine utilization performance.
• Evaluate and develop efficient, safe processes for the various manufacturing work cells and chemistries. Develop SOP’s as appropriate.
• Represent the operations group on all new product launches and work with R & D to develop the manufacturing process in terms of equipment and work instructions.
• Manage the execution of the production schedule to deliver finished goods on time. Report on Schedule Attainment and track opportunities for improvement. Develop and implement action plans for continuous improvements.
• Monitor line and labor efficiencies and drive improvements as appropriate.
• Ensure that all products are produced within quality specifications. Interface with the QC department on all matters relating to quality.
• Monitor product yields and batch paperwork to ensure procedures are being followed and all paperwork complete prior to being turned in.
• Maintain a high level of plant cleanliness and ensure daily cleanup activates are being followed by all plant employee’s.
• Manage the training of full time and seasonal personnel in appropriate safe work practices for operating plant equipment.
• Acts as first step facilitator in all issues involving hourly employees including employee complaints and accident investigations.
• Develops weekly training schedule for production personnel.
• Facilitates the pre-shift and post shift meetings for the production staff.
• Demonstrates strong leadership on the production floor through presence, integrity, and trust, actively promoting safe behaviors, operator engagement, and compliance to all SOP’s.
• Manage the use of rework and develop procedures for the reduction of plant waste.
• Identify and prioritize maintenance work orders.
Work is performed with minimal supervision and has significant latitude in determining work objectives and goals. Erroneous decisions and/or failure to get results may cause serious delays or substantially increase costs; may cause poor employee or customer relationships.
PHYSICAL / MENTAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Must be able to pass respirator fit test and medical evaluation
• Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach, climb and move about the facility
• Regularly operates a computer, computer accessories and phone equipment
• Occasionally may be required to lift up to 50lbs.
• Occasionally stoops, kneels, reaches, fingers and carries
• Ability to hear at normal speaking levels
• Regularly utilizes depth perception, peripheral vision and close focus
• Subject to hazards, including a variety of physical conditions and proximity to moving mechanical parts and atmospheric conditions that may affect the respiratory system
Production floor / Office setting
-Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or related Engineering discpline or equivalent work experience
-Two to five years of production, process engineering, and leadership experience in a chemical manufacturing organization
-Must be self-motivated and a self-starter
-Ability to manage multiple projects of varying priorities
-Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, conflict management and problem solving skills
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills
-Demonstrated team-building skills
-Experience in lean manufacturing methodologies
-Strong office tool skills, including MS Office suite
-Experience with a MRP system preferred
-Blend of large company experience with small or family owned business
Bridgestone is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. It is our policy to consider for employment all individuals regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
If hired, a Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification must be completed at the start of employment. Temporary work authorization or the need for sponsorship may disqualify you from employment.