Project Manager - Firestone Industrial Products

Company Overview

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.

Position Summary

The Project Manager role manages automotive projects with a primary responsibility of driving multiple product development projects to market for Firestone Industrial Products using project management processes and skills.


 ​Planning – 20% 

  • Utilize and manage a stage gate process for Project Management
  • Create, manage, and lead project plans using the Product Development Process and APQP as required
  • Define project roles and responsibilities, resource requirements, and timeliness to execute projects
  • Form and lead cross functional project teams
  • Identify, retain, and manage the use of external resources to achieve desired project goals
  • Collaborate with product managers and other stake holders on strategic planning activities

Communication - 25%

  • Provides direction and support to project team
  • Communicate project status, requirements, risks, and issues to project stakeholders
  • Work with Executive Project Sponsors and Stakeholders to drive project execution
  • Provide project metrics and KPI's for evaluation and presentation
  • Present project summaries to executive team and other members of the organization

Execution – 40%

  • Responsible for ensuring on-time, on-budget high quality delivery projects
  • Manage project resource allocation and delegation of project team responsibilities
  • Lead and hold project team accountable for project commitments
  • Create and maintain project documentation that per TS16949 requirements (APQP, PPAP, etc)
  • Pass internal and external quality audits based on TS16949 requirements on product development and project management

Financials – 10%

  • Skilled at estimating costs, determining and managing budgets
  • Creates cost baselines and tracks against actual budget performance
  • Able to locate cost variances and implement corrective or preventative courses of action

Other duties as delegated by manager to support the enterprise – 5%


Qualifications Required:

  • BA/BS degree with 5+ years of experience
  • Experience managing project documents, approvals, issues, and decisions using work-flow
  • Experience in managing multi-disciplined technical projects and ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Demonstrated level of success in project management or in a customer-facing role; talent for leading cross functional teams across multiple locations
  • Expertise in Microsoft Project (or similar project management tool)
  • Demonstrated skill with presentation and communications tools such as MS Office, Visio, etc
  • Self-motivation, strong commitment to completing tasks, organization, and time management
  • Strong team-oriented personality with excellent customer-facing personality; eager to learn and take on new challenges
  • Organization, problem-solving, and analytical skills are required
  • Ability to communicate scope, expectations, plans and hold team accountable for project commitments
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Thrive with fast-paced, multi-tasking, project workloads
  • Ability to travel on short notice up to 20% of the time

Qualifications Preferred:

  • PMP certification
  • Lean or Six Sigma certification
  • Engineering or manufacturing experience
  • A strong background in vehicular technologies
  • Experience with SAP or other ERP package




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