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IT Manager


JobReq ID:  48679
Type of work:  Hybrid
Type of contract:  Open-ended/permanent
Full/Part Time:  Full time



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.

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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 and Content

IT Manager of Bridgestone European R&D Centre


Being one of the key elements of Bridgestone European R&D Centre, IT has the mission to partner with R&D departments in their effort of building digital tools and solutions supporting the digital transformation of our R&D processes and organization, with the objective to gain efficiency, reduce the time-to-market of our products, reduce the environmental footprint of our experimental activities, as well as to enable capturing new business opportunities.


As the leader of the Bridgestone European R&D Centre IT team, the candidate will have the following responsibilities:


  • Create a strong partnership with R&D departments and other IT functions to identify and implement the solutions that will support the full digitalization of R&D processes;
  • Collaborate with BSEMIA IT Cybersecurity Team to ensure the compliance of R&D Centre IT processes and systems with Bridgestone EMIA Information Security Policies. These policies define  requirements, objectives and strategy for protecting information, systems and assets by establishing an Information Security Management System (ISMS);
  • Drive the modernization and the simplification of the solutions portfolio the team has developed defining a cloud migration strategy;
  • Think E2E processes and integration of R&D in the overall architecture landscape
  • Ensure that the team members adopt a Modern Application Development framework (incl. design thinking, agile project management, Continuous Integration and Continuous Deliver (CI/CD) methods and tools) to build their solutions;
  • Run efficiently the operations of the on premises data center with a continuous effort to decrease its energy consumption footprint;
  • Manage and evolve the R&D Centre internal network in full collaboration with Bridgestone EMIA IT networking team and external partners;
  • Manage and evolve the Hybrid Digital Workplace technologies to ensure the colleagues the most efficient office/remote working experience;   
  • Define and manage the R&D Centre IT budget synergizing costs and investments with other IT departments;
  • Ensure People Development, through Talent Management, People Performance Evaluation and development of Succession Planning

Required Capabilities

  • MS degree in ICT or related field;
  • Tech-savvy leader with deep understanding of current and emerging ICT digital technologies, trends and best practices which can drive disruption and shape new business models;
  • All-round management skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Team player who supports, encourages and shares knowledge with others;
  • Out-of-the-box thinker;
  • Certifications in traditional as well as Agile software development methodologies is a plus;


  • 10+ years working experience in shaping IT solutions and operating large, complex and critical solutions on premises as wells as in cloud environments;
  • Prior work experience in several of following emerging technologies: IoT, big data, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, componentized architecture, blockchain, machine learning, robotics, augmented reality, virtual reality, advanced computing platforms, cloud computing, edge computing, micro-services
  • Working experience in cloud migration
  • Strong IT background and understanding of relationships between IT and OT
  • Experience on VMWare virtualization platform
  • Levering the value of DATA from sources such as R&D and production
  • 5+ years prior experience as a leader of others
  • Agile work experience as Team Member or Product Owner
  • Experience in working with remote teams and outsourced partners
  • Used to- and enjoy working in international and multicultural environments, with availability to travelling
  • OT background with experience in Industrial Controls Systems (ICS), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), and manufacturing contexts is a plus


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, just click on the Apply Now button and add your CV!

All applications will be reviewed. Our Recruitment team will contact the suitable applicants for the next step of the recruitment process.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


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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