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Tread Compound Development Specialist


JobReq ID:  48848
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

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


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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