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R&D Engineer - Case compound development


JobReq ID:  52182
Type of work:  Hybrid
Type of contract:  Open-ended/permanent
Full/Part Time:  Full time



R&D Engineer

Case compound development


Job Description

We are looking for a position as an R&D Engineer for Case Compound Development team, within MID – Material Innovation and Development organization.

The R&D engineer will lead efforts to develop and validate new compounds for Bridgestone consumer and commercial products, in line with Product Performance RoadMap and with Corporate Sustainability Roadmap.

Specifically, she/he will join the team responsible for all casing compound line-up in Consumer and Commercial area from ideation up to first industrial scale production of the compound, and to provide technical support to BSEMEA operations.

In this position, she/he will be responsible to manage new case compound development programs realizing virtual and physical tire prototypes for performances assessment, leading FMEA preparation and definition/execution of validation plan, promote and support new lab testing procedures and release technologies to next gate for introduction in production plants.

At same time she/he will contribute to shape the technology and process streams needed for future technology roadmap in close collaboration with MID specialists, Raw material team, Material Lab team and Academia.

Also, she/he will support manufacturing operations by contributing to compound processability and/or performance improvement whenever required.  

Core Responsibilities and working relations:

  • To contribute to Case technical roadmap of Consumer and Commercial domain through compound design and validation activities as per project assignments.
  • To execute and secure risk analysis for application on tire for the assigned casing compound development projects.
  • Organization and management of Design Review meetings/presentations to involved stakeholders/ and to management.
  • Support and trigger discussion on new technology needs and characterization methodologies to Raw Materials, Material Lab, Case Technology validation teams.
  • To contribute to Bridgestone Sustainability roadmap realization.
  • To contribute to digital mindset and digital designing approach spreading.
  • To identify and support implementation of efficiency opportunities in Way of Working and processes.
  • To participate in identifying and launching innovation projects within MID and more in general in R&D.
  • Work effectively with R&D researchers, technicians and management of Bridgestone Technical Center Europe, actively taking part to R&D cross-functional teams.
  • Collaborate with Bridgestone Corporate Functions, Bridgestone America and Bridgestone Japan, Bridgestone EMIA manufacturing plants.
  • Work and interact with Bridgestone external partners such as academia, research institutes and lab equipment providers.



  • Master’s Degree in Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Polymers Physics.
  • PhD in materials and/or polymers science is highly appreciated.


  • Proven experience at least on one of the following fields: polymers science and technology, rubber chemicals, filler technology development in tire industry, rubber goods.
  • Casing compound or material development experience within tyre/rubber industry is highly appreciated.

Ideal candidate should demonstrate:

  • Problem solving and project management skills.
  • Analytical skill, Logic Thinking and strong mechanism understanding mindset.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Results oriented, self-motivated, creative and collaborative.
  • Curiosity, think-out-of-the-box mindset, willingness to learn from new and often unprecedented technical challenges.
  • Ability to work with different pace, timeframe, organizations: with long term innovation as well as with supply crisis management, with other R&D entities as well as plants.
  • Digital mindset: solid knowledge of MS Office package and preferably knowledge of digital software as Minitab, Matlab, Python.
  • Experience with simulation tools in the field of Computational Chemistry and/or FEM is a plus.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory.
  • Ability to work at global level with multicultural environment.

Position is based at the Technical Center in Rome; Salary and position will be tailored according to the profile




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 EMEA’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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