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R&D Engineer Consumer Tread Compounds

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Date: 07-Oct-2021

Location: ROMA, Italy

Company: Bridgestone Europe NV/SA

Bridgestone EMIA leader in providing sustainable and advanced mobility solutions that create customer and social value 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” our heritage and mission, and with a responsibility to future generations as a global leader, Bridgestone employs innovation and technology to improve the way people move, live, work and play 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 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 European 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 products.

The candidate will play a key role in the development of new consumer 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.



Core Responsibility & Working relationship

  • Design, develop and validate new tread compound formulations providing 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.
  • Support and collaborate with Raw materials, Pattern and modeling Design for implementation of most advanced technology solutions in tribology, fracture mechanics, durability, mixing, curing and extrusion technologies
  • Promote Open Innovation projects with Bridgestone Partners & Academia.
  • Work effectively with technicians, R&D researchers and Management of Bridgestone EMEA Technical Center, actively taking part to R&D cross-functional teams.
  • 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 (polymers, thermoplastics, composites, foaming technology, adhesives and innovative materials), organic chemistry, practical experience in compound development (including experience on mixing, extrusion and curing), materials simulation and modeling.

  • Goal-oriented, motivated, creative and collaborative. Able to work within teams with strong communications skills.
  • Digital mindset: solid knowledge of MS Office package and digital software as Matlab, Python. Skills in machine learning, big data analytics & computer vision is preferable.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English