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Senior Process Technologist

Date:  10-May-2022

BRITS, South Africa

Type of work:  On site





Senior Process Technologist


Position Snapshot

  • Type of Contract: Permanent
  • Full-time
  • Location: Brits


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


To lead the team optimizing mixing specifications and compounds to achieve the most consistent extrusion and calendaring results and adequate tack levels of components reaching the tyre assembly department with emphasis placed on waste and scrap reduction meeting budgeted objectives.


Main responsibilities

Optimize mixing processes to increase mixing capacity and minimize waste and scrap.

  • Analyse mixing conditions statistically
  • Formulate improvement actions
  • Evaluate formulated improvement actions
  • Implement improvement actions
  • Monitor improved conditions
  • Maintain compound process capability within TCE specified ranks


Introduce new compounds and/or raw materials to satisfy new tyre development strategy.

  • Analyse current mixing conditions versus experimental conditions
  • Implement plant and volume trials
  • Monitor volume trial results for 6 months period
  • Maintain compound process capabilities within TCE specified ranks


Control viscosity criteria for all compounds.

  • Monitor all compound viscosities daily
  • Analyse trends and implement necessary changes to control within specified limits


Waste reduction in mixing and extrusion areas.

  • Collaborate with CFTs to identify opportunities for waste reduction
  • Formulate agreed actions from processing and/or compound physical property perspective
  • Monitor implemented actions and justify waste reduction


TMA reduction in mixing.

  • Maximize TMA work away potential at the mixers using TCE standards or plant standards approved by Technical Services Manager
  • Collaborate with CFT’s to identify opportunities for TMA reduction in extrusion areas
  • Formulate agreed actions from processing perspective
  • Monitor implemented actions and justify TMA reduction


6. Off specification batch reduction.

  • Analyse off spec batch trend within CFT
  • Identify causes and make recommendations for improvement
  • Implement corrective actions
  • Monitor implemented actions and justify off spec batch reduction


7. Specification optimization.

  • Implement plant and volume trials
  • Monitor volume trial results for 6 months period


8. CFT activities


  • Active involvement in mixer CFT activities aimed at increasing productivity, reducing waste and scrap and maintaining budgeted costs


9. SHEQ and Risk Management


  • Ensure that all SHEQ requirements and Risk Management functions from a Technical Services point of view are implemented and adhered to in mixing department



  • BSc in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • B Tech Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Diploma in polymer or rubber technology




  • At least 5 years’ experience in rubber mixing and extrusion, preferably in the tyre manufacturing industry.

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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