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Compound Specialist

Date:  02-Aug-2022

ROMA, Italy

Type of work:  On site

Bridgestone Europe is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tires and rubber products. Bridgestone Corporation and its subsidiaries employ over 140.000 people around the world, operate 178 plants in 25 nations and sell products in more than 150 countries. One in five vehicles in the world drives on the company’s tires. "Serving Society with Superior Quality” has been our mission since Shojiro Ishibashi founded Bridgestone in 1931. Our founder’s original vision and philosophy drives us to make life safer and more fulfilling for people everywhere. That means pursuing the highest quality in products, in service, in technology and in all our corporate activities. This philosophy is embedded in the way we work. We call it "The Bridgestone Essence" and it embodies the spirit that we all share and our desire to build a better Bridgestone for our customers, shareholders, business partners and, of course, our employees.

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. 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 has opportunities to develop and grow your career.  As the world’s largest tire and rubber company, we strive to offer development opportunities in our global organization including our technical centers in the US and Japan.  Your ability to apply engineering technics to identify solutions as well as apply creativity to improve performance and solve challenges is critical.  Your ideas and concepts will impact our ability to design and develop products to meet the future needs of our consumers.

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Job Purpose

Joining a dynamic and motivated compound development team, the R&D compound development engineer will lead design, develop and validate innovative compound solutions for the future Bridgestone sustainable mobility solutions.

The candidate will play a key role in the development of new passenger compound development through his/her solid knowledge on Material Science, Chemistry and industrial process technology, covering a wide range of activities from design thinking of compound prototype, laboratory investigation, compound validation on tire until industrialization stage.

Main Accountabilities


  • Design, develop and validate new material and compound concept to fulfill main requirement of BSEMIA innovation journey through a deep dive mechanism understanding on tribology, fracture mechanics and proficient compound design approach. Capability to provide and promote proposals, solutions and original ideas along cross functional team-working with the Raw Material Development, Pattern Design Engineering, Tire Design, Manufacturing and Product Category Management teams
  • Promote Innovation projects and fundamental mechanism investigation in materials science with Bridgestone Partners & Academia.
  • Work effectively with technicians, R&D researchers and Management of Bridgestone EMIA Technical Center, actively taking part to R&D cross-functional teams. Provides his/her contribution to the preparation of Technical Meetings with the BSEMIA functions.
  • Manages assigned tasks with high level of proficiency and autonomy.
  • Collaborate with Bridgestone Corporate Functions, Bridgestone America and Bridgestone Japan and Bridgestone Europe manufacturing plants.

Job requirements

  • Ph.D. in Materials Engineering, Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or any other related field of study. Preference will be given to candidates with background in:
    • Material science (Polymer physics, Thermodynamics of organic matters, organic chemistry)
    • Fracture mechanics, Tribology
    • Compound and composite technology
    • Non Newtonian mechanical fluids as nice to have
    • Basic Simulation/Rubber compound mech (Ansys/Abaqus/FEM simulation)
    • Chemical and physical analytics
  • Goal-oriented, motivated, creative and collaborative. Able to work within teams with strong communications skills.
  • Digital mindset: Ability to develop and/or apply new digital tools/software to change business or processes. Skills in machine learning, big data analytics & AI.
  • Project management capability to manage complex activity in a multicultural environment
  • Team working
  • Design and strategic thinking
  • Communication/presentation skills
  • Visioning and leadership
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

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