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Bridgestone Americas, Inc Industrial Engineering & Production Control Division Manager in DES MOINES, Iowa


Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Guided by its global corporate social responsibility (CSR), commitment Our Way to Serve , Bridgestone embraces its responsibility as a global leader by striving to improve the way people move, live, work and play.

Position Summary

Plan, lead, direct, control and organize activities of Production Control and I. E. in order to improve processes and achieve safety, quality, productivity and cost goals for the AG Division in the plant. Develop short and intermediate range plans to meet plant and customer demands. Assist plant and corporate management in the development of strategic and long term plans and goals for the plant. Establish programs for ongoing Kaizen (continuous improvement) activities and education for plant department managers, supervision, and teammates at all levels.


Attain Production Objectives – Plans, leads, directs, controls and organizes activities associated with the development and execution of production plans. Monitors daily production and finished goods inventory to insure customer needs are met. Advises Plant Manager of unusual or potential problem situations.

Optimize Cost Effectiveness – Budgets division’s expenses, directs and controls department activities within budgeted constraints. Directs and assists production divisions in analyzing methods and manpower to improve quality and productivity. Assists production divisions in analyzing and defining equipment, tooling, and manpower needs.

Improve Inventory control of Work-In-Process and Raw Materials – Analyzes, plans, leads and directs activities associated with raw material purchases. Reviews WIP material schedules for accuracy. Identifies major shifts in production plan as compared to raw material forecasts. Identifies and develops countermeasures to prevent raw material shortages.

Forecast to Achieve Factory and Customer Needs – Analyzes short and long range forecasts to advise management of current and project market trends. Defines and develops production strategies and programs. Identifies and initiates raw material purchase requirements, plant equipment and tooling and other production needs.

Improve Operational Control of the Company – Plans, directs staff, and assists in the development or modification of Company Policies as they affect union/management relations as they concern teammate performance, classification of hourly jobs, productivity work-in-process inventory, finished goods inventory, customer/company purchase agreements, etc.

Provide a Leadership Role for Continuous Improvement “Kaizen” – Plans, develops and directs activities that promote continuous improvement in all facets of plant activities. Educates all levels of staff and floor operations in the basics and implementation of Kaizen.

Provide a Safe Work Environment – Develops and promotes safety awareness programs, monitors and reports results of safety activities, interacts and assists support groups to improve unsafe conditions.

Insure Continuity of Departmental Operations – Counsels teammates, resolves performance problems, identifies needs. Plans for future manpower and educational needs to achieve department and plant goals.


Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, Engineering, or Related Technical field (4 years).

10 years of Industrial Engineering or Production Control experience to include 4 years management/supervisory experience.

Primary Expertise

Productivity measurement and job design/methods evaluation

Plant/process layout, material handling and flow analysis

Wage payment system design and administration

Collective Bargaining Agreement and application procedures

Cost estimating, investment and analysis and budgeting

Production planning, scheduling and inventory systems

Equipment capacity analysis and manpower planning

Project organization and administration

Manufacturing reporting and control systems

Associated Skills

Verbal, written and graphic communications and presentations

Personal computer, mainframe and cell level PLC knowledge

EPA, OSHA, Ergonomic, and Human Resources considerations

SPC and TQC problem-solving tools

Process/equipment specification

Education development and instruction

Employee Type Regular Full-Time

Degree Preferred 4 Year Degree

Requisition ID 2019-150433

Posted Date 1/9/2019


Zip Code 50313

Functional Area Manufacturing

Category Manufacturing

As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action employer, it is the policy of Bridgestone to consider for employment all individuals regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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