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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Production Specialist/Engineer
Title:Production Specialist/Engineer
Job Grade:E05
Location :Tonawanda, NY
Production Specialist/Engineer- Motorcycle Curing

Position Summary:  Drive continuous improvement initiatives in the Business Center related to safety, productivity, training, employee relations, cost, waste, quality, energy and communications.                

Reports to: Business Center Manager

Essential Functions/Duties:                                                                                                                                                       
  • Drive projects to completion.  Coordinate follow-up action items on improvement initiatives. Develop systems that assure initiatives and project improvements are sustained.                                             
  • Serve as a team leader on complex assignments by interfacing with supervisors, project and product engineering, training, Continuous Improvement, and hourly employees.                                             
  • Identify opportunities for process improvement.  Lead continuous improvement initiatives in the Business Center.                               
  • Develop systems that assure the sustainability of process improvements.  Drive audit and follow-up systems.                                             
  • Partner with product and equipment engineers and specialists to drive process improvement.  Work with operators on the floor in identifying process improvement opportunities and understand issues. Develop solutions to specific operational issues.                                           
  • Develop and implement plans to support team development addressing quality, waste, delivery and cost. Provide safe, ergonomically healthy environment and processes which comply with government and company standards.                      
  • Work with Area Managers to develop skill set required for managing at the floor level.  Coach and educate Area Managers in leading teams.                                                                                      
Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  
  • BS Engineering or related technical discipline. Experience considered in lieu of degree.
  • Minimum three years’ experience working in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in a union environment is highly advantageous.
  • Specific experience in tire manufacturing processes desired.
  • Flexibility in schedule availability is required to support continuous operations, including nights and weekends.
  • Requires the demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills. Knowledge of HR functions, safety, budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate others.
  • Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Demonstrated PC skills utilizing Microsoft Excel, Word and Access software applications.
Sumitomo Rubber, USA offers competitive compensation and benefits packages. If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply at

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