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Funding Opportunity Coordinator

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Date: Sep 30, 2020

Location: ZAVENTEM, Belgium

Company: Bridgestone Europe NV/SA


Our company


Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation is the world’s largest manufacturer of tires and other rubber products. We employ over 140,000 people around the world, operate 3 technical centers and 178 manufacturing plants and sell products in more than 150 countries. 


For more information on our company please visit www.bridgestone.com and www.bridgestone.eu. To experience more about life at Bridgestone, check out the following link http://www.bridgestonenewsroom.eu/


Sustainability at Core


From the Bridgestone Group’s beginnings in the 1930s, its founder, Shojiro Ishibashi, believed that a business that contributes to society would do well by doing good. Today, this is more important than ever, with mounting social and environmental challenges threatening the planet and the quality of life of all people living on it. As a global leader, Bridgestone is committed to serving society by improving access to smart, safe transportation (Mobility), building healthy, resilient communities (People), and minimizing its environmental impact (Environment).


Bridgestone has its eyes set on the future. By placing sustainability at the heart of our company, we will evolve into an advanced mobility and sustainable solutions company. We will take full advantage of the strength of our knowledge, experience and expertise in tires and rubber to accelerate our growth strategy aimed at co-creating social and customer value.


For more information on our focus on Sustainability, please go to https://bridgestone-emia.com/sustainability.


Job purpose


In the above context Bridgestone is investing heavily in Sustainability through e.g R&D, Mobility Solutions and improving our manufacturing footprint. This newly established role is closely linked to this journey as we are looking at innovative ways to finance our journey.

The main purpose of this person is to maximize funding opportunities provided by either EU or by local governments for our business by working with external experts on one hand and Bridgestone team on the other hand to make sure:


A) We identify all possible opportunities available to us region wide.
B) We have a framework to prioritize the opportunities available to us.
C) We apply for the targets we see as best fit for us.
D) We follow through the application processes and also track performance and compliance against possible KPI and covenants set as condition for the provided possibilities.


Beyond above main objective, this person is a senior member of Treasury Team and will have therefore certain administrative duties to secure segregation of duties within Treasury Team and provide back up in case of need.


Required capabilities


  • Business Acumen -  Knowledge of business to be able to align business strategy and investments with external opportunities.
  • Ownership – Being able to drive the process wing-to-wing and influence the key stakeholders to achieve the best possible outcome.
  • Agility – In the fast-paced business that is ongoing, transformation adaptability is required to be able to support the business in the most effective way.
  • Communication Skills – As Sustainability is one of the key pillars of the Bridgestone strategy, most of the projects we are working on are getting high level visibility in the organization. On the other hand, influencing skills are needed to drive the opportunities within the organization.




This role is a Senior Expert Role. We are looking for a person with a proven track record in the field, capable of managing the funding opportunities process for the EMIA region.


Furthermore, strong capabilities are needed in the fields of Finance and Tax. In addition, an Engineering background or past experience working with a corporate Engineering department would be of benefit to allow more effective communication with our R&D, Manufacturing and Solutions businesses.




Qualified candidates for this important position will therefore need to demonstrate the following:

  • Establishes strategic direction and effectively communicates the vision:  Communicates a clear and inspiring vision for the business; drives competitive and innovative strategies and is able to generate alignment against the strategic direction
  • Demonstrates business acumen to achieve results through others:  Understands, educates and applies the fundamental business concepts by which a company operates in order to deliver results and create a climate that fosters personal commitment to excellence
  • Promotes and enhances company culture:  Champions the organization’s shared values and beliefs
  • Effectively manages across cultures: Achieves effective collaboration, alignment, and communication across multiple dimensions of cultural diversity
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and emotional intelligence:  Recognizes one’s personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and limits.  Understands emotions and their effects
  • Intellectually curious in support of learning agility:  Actively identifies new areas for learning; regularly creates and takes advantage of learning opportunities; uses newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learns through their application
  • Embraces and leads change and innovation:  Encourages different and innovative approaches to address problems and opportunities; facilitates the implementation and acceptance of change within the organization



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 organisation, serving all people, respectfully, connected to our business.  We recognise that everyone is different and that attracting, developing and retaining our employees will create a sustainable working environment which is essential to our success.