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 >> Cure Compounder (Technology Specialist)
Cure Compounder (Technology Specialist)
Title:Cure Compounder (Technology Specialist)
Job Grade:E04
Location :Tonawanda, NY
Essential Functions/Duties:
  • Ensures product and quality systems integrity by monitoring and setting specifications for cure times, bladder sizes, and overall curing specifications to assure both production feasibility and product quality.
  • Initiates and engages in continuous improvement activities including analysis of product irregularities, recommending solutions and facilitating cost down initiatives related to improving product costs.
  • Provides the necessary training to team members, including production staff, on improved processes, procedures, quality concepts, etc.
  • Own and maintain all cure specifications and for standard and development products in TBR, PCR, and MC.
  • Perform activities that drive compliance to PPQ audits, process control audits, and any other audits deemed necessary to improve the product, process and quality system.
  • Evaluates equipment contributions to problems and identifies and communicates corrective actions to Production Supervision and Maintenance leadership. Contacts maintenance support as required.
  • Supports the plant by interfacing with plant manufacturing, engineering, development and other internal and external organizations on departmental initiatives when needed.
  • Supports the implementation of the new plant Curing Specification System.
  • Develops, monitors and reports measures key quality metrics for the curing department.

Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • BS Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Technology or a related field
  • 1-3 years’ experience in related industry; preferably in the tire industry
  • Knowledge and understanding of CEQ and ECU correlations
  • Experience and understanding of correlations between compound gauge, cure rates, and curing time trends
  • Proficiency in SRUSA blow point methods and tire preparation
  • Proficiencies in Goodyear and SRUSA thermocouple procedures, methods, and tire preparation
  • Knowledge of CADAC3 and Agilent software for thermocouple analysis
  • Proficiency in operation of all press styles in all curing departments
  • Experience and understanding of SRUSA curing specification system and curing media tolerances
  • Strong knowledge of Physics (mechanical aptitude)
  • Supervisory work experience preferred
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Solid PC skills utilizing Microsoft Excel & Word software applications

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