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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Manager of New Product Industrialization
Title:Manager of New Product Industrialization
Job Grade:E07
Location :Tonawanda, NY

Manager of New Product Industrialization

Position Summary: As our facility transitions and expands into new product lines, Manager of New Product Industrialization (NPI) will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing all technology activities associated with new product development and industrialization. This position manages a team of Development Engineers, Development Coordinators and Tire Design Technicians that ensures development schedule timelines are achieved through the coordination of resources, strategic collaboration with all other Business Units, and addresses issues/roadblocks proactively as they arise.

Reports to: Director of Factory Operations

Essential Functions/Duties:

  • Plan, organize and direct all technology activities associated with New Product Development and Industrialization.

  • Develop, implement and enforce work procedures which ensure the release of new products with the best possible performance in a timely manner while complying with all applicable standards (internal, customer, DOT, legal, etc.)

  • Plan and schedule all testing and product monitoring activities associated with all new products.

  • Ensure product quality meets or exceeds customer, federal, environmental and other governmental requirements and standards.

  • Audit, analyze and make recommendations to ensure systems and processes are followed to solve for issues related to new product quality and uniformity.

  • Coordinate, schedule and communicate plans, activities and status updates related to new product development to plant and corporate leadership.

  • Works with Production Supervision/Management, Engineering, and other cross-functional team members to achieve mutually beneficial solutions to development schedule needs, problem resolution (equipment, personnel, scheduling, etc.), and process development.

Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering discipline; exceptional experience in lieu of degree considered.

  • Masters level degree preferred

  • 4 – 6 years’ experience in a tire manufacturing technical role

  • Minimum of 3 years product design experience (tire design experience preferred)

  • Supervision/management experience

  • Ability to manage a variety of concurrent projects, ability to multi-task

  • Strong communication, business, analytical and planning skills

  • Technical knowledge related to equipment processes and operation of equipment

  • Knowledge of customer, corporate and legal requirements related to the release of new products, product quality and product evaluation

  • Experience in a union environment is highly preferred.

  • Flexibility in schedule availability is required to support continuous operations, including nights and weekends.

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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