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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Technology Team Leader
Title:Technology Team Leader
Job Grade:E07
Location :Tonawanda, NY

Technology Team Leader (Quality)


Position Summary: Responsible to lead, direct and control Business Center efforts to meet technical and quality requirements as defined by plant and Business Center goals collaborating with the Business Center Manager. Responsible for operation of center, including safety, quality, profitability, productivity, cost, waste, employee relations, maintenance, training and housekeeping.


Reports to: Works Technical Manager


Essential Functions/Duties:

  • Leads the Center's technical and manufacturing processes to meet and exceed production targets and waste reduction. Plan and organize courses of action to meet future needs and goals.
  • Develops, implements, enforces, and audits work procedures which ensure quality products at an economical cost.
  • Enforces Quality, legal compliance, and technical standards of the product, process and material for the Business Center.
  • Works closely with business unit and plant management to drive continuous improvement efforts within the business unit, identifying production issues and providing potential corrective action initiatives.
  • Ensures product quality meets or exceeds customer and federal requirements.
  • Audits, analyzes and makes recommendations to ensure systems and processes are followed and to solve for issues related to product quality and uniformity.
  • Establishes specifications and calibration standards for equipment (extruder, calendar, curing bladders, etc) and provides technical expertise as needed.
  • Develops organization and associate leadership and technical competencies.
  • Insure that all employees within their functional centers are properly trained in their respective areas of responsibility.
  • Is committed to and promotes "Excellence through Teamwork" throughout the organization.


Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree In Engineering or related discipline. Relevant experience considered in lieu of degree.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of technical leadership experience within a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in a union environment is preferred.
  • Requires the ability to manage a variety of concurrent projects.
  • Strong communication, business, analytical and planning skills.
  • Technical knowledge related to equipment processes and operation of equipment.
  • Knowledge of customer requirements related to product quality.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Solid PC skills utilizing Microsoft Excel & Word software applications.
  • Knowledge and application of SAP systems experience a plus.


Sumitomo Rubber, USA . (Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America, Ltd.) 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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