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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Design Engineer - Motorcycle Race
Title:Design Engineer - Motorcycle Race
Job Grade:E05
Location :Tonawanda, NY

The design Engineer-Motorcycle Race shall drive new and existing race tire designs from initial concept through prototype manufacturing, to design release.

The successful candidate shall possess strong product intuition and high dexterity by immediately and effectively reacting to rapidly changing racetracks and tire performance, whilst always prioritizing rider safety and brand image.

Work between 10 and 15 weekends away from home.



  • Be responsible for driving the design, creation and release of highly engineered motorcycle race tires.
  • Attend all USA national motorcycle races as required. Attend other races and tests identified by the business as needing his/her attendance.
  • Demonstrate strong, articulate communications with race customers, including riders, team engineers and owners, and organizing/sanctioning body members.
  • Determine specific tire design parameters based upon required tire performance, using knowledge of tire design and properties, tire and vehicle dynamics, and vehicle handling characteristics.
  • Using CAD systems provide input to Mold Designers relating to such design features as tread pattern, mold contour and sizing, rubber to void ratios, sidewall treatments and stampings, slug requirements.
  • Strong collaboration/teamwork with materials and compounds development personnel to develop a general knowledge of tire materials and compounds properties, and their influences on tire performance.
  • Prepare tire design specifications to explore innovative product concepts.
  • Prepare all new product introduction documentation as necessary and strategize release with manufacturing.
  • Analyze internal test data and, as necessary, develop new test procedures and techniques.
  • Communicate with manufacturing personnel to maintain a general knowledge of manufacturing processes, capabilities, and limitations.
  • Working with SRNA, the Motorsports Logistics Coordinator and plant personnel, assist in successfully strategizing and planning the production of race tires to support business needs, including minimizing risk of obsolescence.
  • Issue detailed race and test reports.
  • Keep abreast of competitors race products and industry innovations.
  • Liaison with SRI’s race group (Kobe) to maximize knowledge sharing, best practices and team play.
  • Establish a good working knowledge of all applicable regulations and standards as they pertain to motorcycle race tires.
  • Demonstrate compliance to all applicable internal and external work systems and processes.
  • Act as a resource to functional group.


  • BS Mechanical Engineering or a related technical field.


  • 3-5 years’ work experience in product design; tire design experience strongly preferred


  • Excellent organization and project management skills.
  • Effective written & verbal interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills.
  • Strong PC skills including the use of Microsoft Office software applications.
  • CAD experience required.

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