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Line Lead

Date:  10-May-2022

BRITS, South Africa

Type of work: 





Line Lead


Position Snapshot

  • Type of Contract: Permanent/ temporary/internship
  • Full-time/Part Time
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The Company:

Bridgestone in Europe, CIS, Middle East, India and Africa (BSEMIA), headquartered in Zaventem (Belgium), is a subsidiary of  Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader providing sustainable mobility and advanced solutions.

In addition to our premium tire products, we offer a growing portfolio of tire-centric and mobility solutions. Together with our partners and guided by "Serving Society with Superior Quality”, that has been our mission since Shojiro Ishibashi founded Bridgestone in 1931, we are  working to accelerate sustainable mobility innovations and solutions. Through innovative technology,  we are committed to easier, safer, smoother and seamless mobility for our society and customers improving how people move, live, work and play .

Bridgestone also benefits from a significant retail network throughout the region – in fact our retail presence in the EMIA region is the largest in the tire industry. Through 17 distinct retail partners, we have around 3,500 outlets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as around 2,500 outlets through our partner network in India. This network offers a selection of services, concepts and mobility solutions.

At Bridgestone we pride ourselves on the strong relationships we maintain with everyday drivers and this extensive retail network is one of the core reasons why.



Bridgestone EMIA


In line with the “Bridgestone Essence”, our work environment is based on integrity and teamwork, where everyone can learn from each other and contribute with their own ideas in achieving the coming goals.

We want to hear from people who can take the challenge, unleash their creative potential and contribute to the company success demonstrating ownership, courage and agility. We want you to develop your skills, expand your knowledge and be proud of your work.


Job purpose


The production line lead is responsible for organising and managing all production related activities on the building machines. This includes but is not limited to the following:


  • Coaching, training, motivating and guiding all equipment owners, cell, process and maintenance leaders.
  • Implementing and enforcing operating policies and procedures.
  • Delivering agreed production operating targets and goals.
  • Implementing strategies to ensure safe and efficient production operations, continuous improvement and delivering superior quality on a consistent basis.
  • Leads the implementation of the Daily Management System (DMS) in the supervised production cell.
  • Manages professionals on process and maintenance as well as a team of operators to obtain the cell’s assumed goals arising from CBN (Compelling Business Need), the Master Plan and the Annual Plan of the department. Also leads the implementation of standards in the managed structure.


Main responsibilities


  • Create and maintain a safe and healthy working and operating environment for all people on the manufacturing site.
  • Drive delivery of agreed production operating targets and goals including; OE and Warehouse Yield; production volume; conversion cost; material usage; plant and process reliability; productivity and waste reduction.
  • Prepare and obtain approval for operating cost budgets and drive production cost performance to achieve agreed budgets and targets.
  • Drive implementation of IWS, B-Safe and B-EMEC and any other Bridgestone manufacturing strategies and initiatives.
  • Ensure compliance and strict adherence to Bridgestone quality standards.
  • Monitor operations and implement corrective actions to full on time delivery of agreed production budgets and goals.
  • Identify, coach and develop talent to build competency and capability to support our cell centric organisation.
  •  Drive employee engagement and compliance with all legal and corporate policies and regulations relating to labour, safety, health, quality and the environment.
  •  Guide and coordinate the activities of the team
  •  Management of the clean, inspect and lubricate (CIL) process
  •  Management of Defects Handling process
  •  Management of the Incident Elimination process
  •  Managing and improving results (i.e. driving performance improvement)
  •  Lead execution of 90 day plans to eliminate losses using IWS tools
  •  Lead the cell daily direction setting (DDS) meetings
  •  On the floor coaching of operators e.g. DMS execution, loss elimination, skills development and technical mastery
  • Provide coaching to team leaders in the shift exchange DDS meetings
  • Lead issue resolution “to root cause” on the floor of chronic stops
  • Lead small work groups, communicate effectively and develop short-term action plans
  •  Overall responsibility for CFT cell output
  •  Conduct Health checks and identify gaps


 Required capabilities:


  • Experience and reasonable technical mastery in operations
  • Planning, Leading and Organising skills
  • Communication skills and willingness to interact with shop floor staff
  • A desire to be in a lead role
  • Be a self-starter
  • Must demonstrate knowledge/experience working with Excel
  • Sound Interpersonal Skills and ability to work under pressure
  • Presentation Skills
  • Analytical Skills


Education and Experience:


  • Minimum National Diploma in Operations Management, Industrial Engineering or equivalent
  •  Min of 5 years experience in a manufacturing environment
  • 2 years management experience


 Leadership Competencies:


  • Understand customer needs
  • Communicate effectively
  • Track and measure staff performance
  • Create a positive learning environment
  • Enforces standards
  • Promote Servant Leadership
  • Technical and Functional Expertise
  • Understanding of the Business
  • Achieving results
  • Customer service
  • Teamwork
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Leadership and Personal Effectiveness

If you can demonstrate the skills we are looking for and would like to make a difference in a Pioneering company dedicated to shaping a sustainable future of real-world mobility solutions, join us at Bridgestone!


Process Next Steps: All applications will be reviewed. Our HR team will contact those applicants who we would like to invite for the next stage of the recruitment process.


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Diversity and inclusion are a central part of Bridgestone EMIA’s values at the highest level. This is key for our people to show a passion for excellence for improving society connected to the world in which we live. Our commitment to diversity, is linked to our founders mission of ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’, which is essential in shaping and creating the organization, serving all people, respectfully, connected to our business. We recognize that everyone is different and that attracting, developing and retaining our employees will create a sustainable working environment which is essential to our success. This means that all job applicants and members of staff will receive equal treatment and that we will not discriminate in particular on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age.

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