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Program Manager- Consumer OE
Ref No.: 16-08743
Location: Novi, Michigan
Job Description:
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 One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (or STEM related field)
  • 2-3 years experience in Project or Sales Engineering role
  • Direct experience working with OEM
  • Automotive experience preferred
Engineering liaison (75%):
  1. Conducting technical negotiations with OEM.
  2. Obtaining and communicating OEM requirements and program timing.
  3. Reporting on progress of tire-programs during job #1 and Detroit-Akron engineering meetings.
  4. Coordinating tire and data submissions to OEM.
  5. Identifying strategic, technical, and quality issues impacting OE programs and OE business.
  6. Obtaining engineering approval documents from OEM.

Tire sales (10%)
  1. Identifying new OE business opportunities and referring them to BAOE director.
  2. Filling OEM orders for prototype and production tires needed for vehicle development programs, marketing events, pre-production vehicle-builds, technical studies, and concept programs.

Quality (10%)
  1. Coordinating negotiations of program-specific quality requirements with OEM.
  2. Coordinating on-site technical activities at OEM plants prior to job #1.
  3. Supporting OEQA as needed to service quality-complaints from OEM and dealerships.
  4. Coordinating uniformity, balance, and drift/pull sensitivity studies with OEM.

Miscellaneous Administrative Support (5%)

More Information About the Job
Is Relocation Available?
Are you open to sponsorship?
Are there flexible work hours?
Is there a possibility to work remote?
This position is:
New Position
Is there a bonus structure?
Is there equity?
Who does this position report to?
Senior Director of OE Account Management.
Does this position have direct reports?
What are the 3-4 non-negotiable requirements on this position?
* Bachelor's Degree in Engineering * 0-2 years of experience in product engineering, applications engineering, sales engineering, or program management role. * If entry-level, needs to have had a co-op or internship. * Automotive experience.
What are the nice-to-have skills?
Needs to have technical understanding of product development, but be able to communicate well and interact with customers. Must present well and have great customer skills.
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