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Logistics Projects and Network Manager

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Date: 07-Jan-2022

Location: ZAVENTEM, Belgium

Company: Bridgestone Europe NV/SA





[[Logistics Projects & Network Manager]]


Position Snapshot

  • Type of Contract: Permanent
  • Full-time
  • Location: Zaventem


The Company:

Bridgestone in Europe, Russia, 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.



Bridgestone EMIA


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.


  • Logistics is a fundamental area for the success of Bridgestone. It represents an important % of the company total cost as well as being a sensitive area for our Customers, with any variation of the service immediately perceived in the Market
  • We constantly challenge our network and operations, defining the best configuration that will enable us to deliver the required service at an optimal cost
  • The EMIA Logistics Projects & Network Manager drives the network requirements and design taking full ownership of the projects related to it, considering aspects such as warehouse locations as well as operation within the warehouses. He/She works in a complex matrix organization, influencing and driving initiatives within EMIA


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/


Job purpose


The EMIA Logistics Projects & Network Manager constantly looks at the network and overall logistics operations, driving constant improvements to the way we serve our Customers, reducing cost while keeping the service in line with Sales requirements and the overall company strategy, aligned with different stakeholders within LSCM and other functions.

This role will drive the EMIA logistics network and operations and will work to achieve the defined LSCM targets. He/She will work in close collaboration with the Markets, Central Planning Team and Procurement, making sure our network is optimized to drive continuous cost to serve and service improvements.

Strategic network projects as well as regular assessment of “what if” scenarios are led by the EMIA Logistics Projects & Network Manager, being responsible E2E, from identifying a potential improvement project to delivering the expected outcome.


Main responsibilities:


Network optimization

  • With CIP mindset constantly challenge the Logistics network, looking for opportunities to improve the way we serve the Markets, whether its linked to changing the configuration of the warehouse network or how we operate the warehouses
  • Analyze current Operations across the markets in EMIA and propose changes in distribution, handling, warehouse management process to increase productivity, storage density, eliminate waste flows. Coordinate and assure efficient communication for all pan-SBU logistics topics e.g. racks requirements for the warehouses, etc.
  • Work closely with local logistics team to build the business cases for network changes. Consolidate all data needed to support the proposal: business needs, location of potential warehouses, associated costs, OPEX/CAPEX comparison of different solutions and payback of recommended
  • He/she will manage the process of approval (alignment with local team & management, to function, leaders & exco) and drive the projects from a Central Team perspective
  • Continuous development of the “digital twin” to allow easy simulation of potential changes to the logistics footprint based on different parameters, such as lead-time, cost to serve, Tier1/Tier2 DCs, changes, etc. Utilize the analysis to support decision making related to sourcing, location of DCs, tenders negotiation, etc.
  • Collaborate with Global SCM Logistics Team in Japan to understand latest BS Logistics priorities and best in class practices across the whole BS Group


Data preparation and analysis

  • Owner of the OB & MTP process for logistics, integrating the Demand/Supply balance and running simulations to estimate the footprint evolution and m2 requirements. He/she will propose different scenario and ensure a good communication with the different stakeholders.
  • Regularly run impact simulations of variations to the demand/supply balance, providing a clear picture of the impact to the network and estimated cost associated.
  • Work closely with local controllers to be aligned on the data set related to network and operations in our warehouses
  • Organize, maintain and make all data available in shared folders
  • Prepare analysis and share data with Global SCM Team, based on reporting timeline and/or based on request


Project Management

  • Drive Network and Operations related Central projects within EMIA, from beginning till end. Identify potential opportunities, prepare and get business cases approved, setup a project structure to drive execution. Follow up on the expected benefits
  • Support local projects - have a clear view of local network and operations projects and coordinate Regions to make sure we are not duplicating efforts
  • Support and coordinate tenders related to Logistics; prepare required specifications for Procurement Team, control timelines, scope and cost, update management on progress and potential risk vs. initial plan and budget.


Main KPI´s:

  • Cost/ton sold/shipped
  • Logistics ratio (cost vs net sales)
  • Drop size
  • Productivity
  • Truck load %
  • CO2 emission
  • Storage density
  • Waste flows
  • Projects on time, cost and scope


Required capabilities

Strong values in line with Bridgestone’s behavioral expectations (Agility, Courage, Ownership);

  • Hands-on person with high level of accuracy;


Helicopter view;

  • Adapt to fast change easily in an efficient way;
  • Pro-active and solution oriented;
  • Able to communicate clearly thoughts, ideas, solutions to different type of audiences, internal and external;
  • Able to manage and influence in a matrix organization
  • Able to manage projects;
  • Autonomous and capable to take decisions;
  • True team player who loves to work in a very international team;



  • University degree in Supply Chain, Management, Engineering or a related field
  • 4-5 years in Supply Chain
  • Management of mid/large-size projects with cross-border implementation
  • Matrix management in a multinational environnement



  • Logistics digital twin
  • Warehouse operations


Languages / Others

  • Good knowledge of SAP, MS Office, TMS system.
  • Fluent in English – other languages are an asset



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, join us at Bridgestone!


Process Next Steps: All applications will be reviewed. Our HR team will contact those applicants who we would like to invite for the next stage of the recruitment process.


Please don’t hesitate and apply at https://careers.bridgestone-emea.com/

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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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.