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R&D Engineer - Reinforcing Material Development and Approval


JobReq ID:  48600
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 Description

Joining a dynamic and motivated Engineer Applied Case Technology Team within MID - Material Innovation and Development department,  the R&D engineer will lead efforts to realize and validate  new reinforcing materials for Bridgestone consumer and commercial products, in line with Product Performance RoadMap and with Corporate Sustainability Roadmap.

Specifically, he/she will work on new reinforcing material/new technologies development in both tire crown and carcass areas, identifying and designing new materials and constructions also through Open Innovation projects with Bridgestone partners and Academia, realizing virtual and prototypal tires, performing validation plan, analyzing test results and, finally, releasing technology to Tire Product Development and to industrialization in manufacturing plant upon providing proper confidence on its reliability/robustness.

In addition he/she will strongly contribute to corporate strategy for the identification and approval of new sources to guarantee new materials availability, to support procurement flexibility and business sustainability.

Core responsibilities and working relations:

  • Design, development and experimental validation in lab and on tire of new crown & carcass reinforcing materials through Stage and Gate process to comply with product performance and sustainability roadmap and market requirements;
  • Investigation on tire failure mode, mechanism understanding and data analysis;
  • Organization and management of Design Review meetings/presentations to involved stakeholders/management;
  • Work and interact deeply with suppliers and have contacts with Bridgestone external partners such as academia and lab equipment providers;
  • Approval of new suppliers of existing Reinforcing Materials, following evaluation procedures which include extensive laboratory testing campaign, comprehensive tire validation and processability trials in tire plants;
  • Project planning, monitoring and execution;
  • 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;

   Job requirements:

  • Master Degree in Materials, Chemical, Mechanical Engineering. PhD is appreciated added value; Previous experience in Textile fibers, steel materials and composite materials is also an added value.
  • Analytical skills, Logic Thinking, Problem solving and mechanism understanding mindset;
  • Logic Thinking, attitude to learn and team-working with strong communication skills;
  • Driven to results and synthesis oriented, motivated, agile, collaborative;
  • Digital mindset: solid knowledge of MS Office package; Previous experience with FEA commercial software knowledge is an added valued;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


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


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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