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Operational Excellence Lean Manager


JobReq ID:  48936
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.


Operational Excellence Lean Manager:


The core function of an operational excellence lead in Bridgestone’s vision is to improve and optimize operational processes and procedures within an organization to achieve maximum efficiency, productivity, and cost-effectiveness. This involves identifying areas of improvement, analyzing data and metrics, developing and implementing solutions, and continuously monitoring and measuring progress to ensure sustained success.


The operational excellence lead works closely with various departments within the organization to identify and address process-related issues that may impact the quality services, customer satisfaction, or overall business performance.


You will report directly to the DC Manager.


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Main responsibilities:


  1. Driving a Lean culture within the Zeebrugge organisation
  • Develop a lean culture within the organisation to embed in our DNA.
  • Provide training to ensure a shared understanding or knowledge of Lean principles, tools, and techniques.
  • Foster use of lean methodology.


  1. Operational excellence related tasks
  • Conducting analyses of existing processes, procedures, and systems to identify areas for improvement and opportunities to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to develop and implement process improvement projects.
  • Establishing metrics and performance indicators to measure progress towards operational excellence goals and objectives.
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders to drive buy-in and support for operational excellence initiatives.
  • Continuously monitoring and analyzing performance data to identify opportunities for further improvement.


  1. Project related tasks
  • Identification of new opportunities
  • ROI calculation and delivering business cases
  • End to end management of projects
  • Management of timing, budget and resources



Required capabilities

  • Strong values in line with Bridgestone’s behavioral expectations (Agility, Courage, Ownership)
  • Hands-on person with high level of accuracy
  • Analytical mindset with eye for detail
  • Adapt to fast change easily in an efficient way
  • Pro-active and solution oriented
  • Able to communicate clearly your thoughts, ideas, solutions to different type of audiences, internal and external
  • Able to manage projects
  • Autonomous and capable to take decisions
  • True team player




  • Bachelor degree in IT, Supply Chain, Management, Engineering or equivalent by experience
  • Proven track record (> 3 year) in operational excellence & Lean practioner roles
  • Knowledge of ERP and WMS
  • Management of mid/large-size projects



Languages / Others

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Fluent in Dutch & 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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