Sumitomo Rubber USA manufactures and sells a wide range of automotive tires in the US and internationally. Located in Tonawanda, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) our growing workforce produces over 4 Million tires annually for a variety of applications such as passenger cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles.

The transition to Sumitomo Rubber USA brings exciting new opportunities for the Company's existing and prospective employees in Western New York. Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd., whose Global Headquarters is located in Kobe, Japan, has a rich and successful history dating back to 1909. This trend is set to continue with the Company's formal entrance into North America through the former Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America, Ltd. facility, and through planned investments into the Company's infrastructure, manufacturing processes, and work force.

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Technology Engineer, Entry (PQAM)
Title:Technology Engineer, Entry (PQAM)
Job Grade:E03
Location :Tonawanda, NY

Technology Engineer, Entry (PQAM)


Position Summary:  The Process Quality Area Manager (PQAM) is responsible for outgoing tire inspection activities across Business Centers. They are responsible for providing direct leadership and training, constantly evaluating and improving procedures and processes to maximize product quality, productivity, waste, housekeeping, safety, and costs.

Reports to:  Technology Team Leader

Essential Functions/Duties:

  • Identifies processing problems that affect quality or productivity, determines the cause for such problems and supervises the corrective action that is necessary. Is responsible to direct hourly workforce in management of corrective action. Refers disciplinary action to Area Managers as warranted.

  • Assists Area Managers in managing technical and production activities. Acts as back-up to the Area Manager in their absence.

  • Evaluates raw material contributions to problems and interacts with various functional areas to maintain quality and availability. Also make recommendations to suppliers on needed improvements.

  • Evaluates equipment contributions to problems and identifies for production supervisor and maintenance supervisor the need for corrective actions. Contacts maintenance support as required. Confirms the effectiveness of action taken, based on results.

  • Oversees the utilization of specified manufacturing and technical procedures throughout the production process and identifies elements affecting processes and makes recommendations. Trains manufacturing personnel on correct procedures, modifications, etc.

  • Develops, monitors and reports measures of production performance in relation to quality for the business center.

Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • AAS in Technical Science field; trade school; relevant work experience in lieu of schooling.
  • Minimum 1 year of work experience preferably in a manufacturing environment.
  • Supervisory work experience preferred.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Solid PC skills utilizing Microsoft Excel & Word software applications.
  • Knowledge and application of SAP systems experience a plus.

Sumitomo Rubber, USA offers competitive compensation and benefits packages. If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply at
EOE M/F/Disabled/Veterans, Sumitomo Rubber, USA is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.
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