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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Career Opportunities >> Senior Manager, Design
Senior Manager, Design
Title:Senior Manager, Design
Job Grade:E08
Location :Tonawanda, NY

Senior Manager, Design

Position Summary: Position Summary: As a key member of the Technical Center leadership, the Senior Design Manager is responsible to lead and direct the design department for development of new passenger car, truck and motorcycle tires.

Reports to: VP, Technical

Essential Functions/Duties:


  • Ensure all required regulatory and Sumitomo Rubber product performance is achieved and maintained throughout the life of the products.
  • Maintain and grow close collaboration with domestic and global stakeholders, including Design, Testing, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Legal, Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain and Finance.  Make recommendations for product improvement, including new products for future production.
  • Develops organization and associate’s leadership and technical competencies.
  • Develops, implements, enforces, and audits work procedures which ensure quality products at an economical cost.
  • Drive continuous improvement efforts, identifying quality, waste, and productivity issues to improve the design cycle time of concept to production.
  • Responsible for setting and maintaining budget for the Design Department.
  • Is committed to and promotes "Excellence through Teamwork" throughout the organization.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of technical/quality leadership experience within the tire industry.
  • Requires the ability to manage a variety of concurrent projects.
  • Strong leadership, communication, business, analytical, problem solving and planning skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make educated decisions.
  • Knowledge of customer requirements related to product performance and quality.
  • Solid PC skills utilizing Microsoft Excel & Word software applications.


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