Bridgestone Americas, Inc Inventor & Document Control Manager in Nashville, Tennessee

Opportunity Details:


Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

Position Summary:

The primary duty of the Inventor Document Control Manager is to provide leadership related to Bridgestone’s digital environment—including, but not limited to strategic direction and implementation for data management in Vault Pro and Inventor 3D Design environments.

The IDC Manager assists in providing direction in emerging digital technologies while developing opportunities for process improvement, applications, and data integration including Factory Design, Machine Design, ECOs, Data Management, and Contractor Oversight. This individual will be responsible for managing a team of four direct employees who have responsibility for standards and system administration.


Inventor / Vault Oversight – 35%

  1. Daily oversight of functional drafting support including Bridgestone Tire Operations and Firestone Industrial Products

  2. Maintain data integrity as it relates to Vault and Inventor environments

  3. Manage Inventor and Vault Pro data to coordinate multiple disciplines on projects

  4. Oversee implementation of new or updated standards with project teams

  5. Collaborate and communicate with other Technical Services departments to deliver and manage 3D CAD data

  6. Provide leadership and development for contract and permanent teammates to ensure Inventor and other projects are completed correctly and on time

Inventor / Vault Standards – 25%

  1. Manage the preparation of Bridgestone’s Digital Standards, specifically Inventor and Vault Pro

  2. Communicate current practices and procedures with Digital Technologies project staff and others as needed

  3. Continued development of “best practices” for digital technologies as it relates to Inventor or Vault research and development, standards, and processes

  4. Maintain and update the standards as needed with new CAD software or requirements

  5. Assures standards are used for all internal projects and works with outside vendors as needed

Consulting & Communications – 15%

  1. Support

  2. Develops support tools and programs both internally and externally for all of Bridgestone Americas

  3. Provides Level I internal support for end users when needed

  4. Strives to maintain 99% up time for end users of Inventor and Vault Pro software

  5. Training

  6. Assists in developing and maintaining a companywide Inventor and Vault Pro training program

  7. Provide training assessment and user capability reporting for management

  8. Travel and present to Bridgestone plant managers the advantages and disadvantages of Inventor and Vault Pro

  9. Visit plants to study processes, consult with personnel and make recommendations

  10. Represents the Company with outside suppliers of equipment, services, or systems

  11. Write reports on project status, including initial project plans and goals, monthly tracking of actual results and completion reports

  12. Serves as consultant to management and plants on technical problems

  13. Interacts with all of Bridgestone Americas and Bridgestone Japan

Furthering Inventor and Vault Pro Education at BSA - 15%

  1. Bridge the BIM to Mechanical design technology with successful business outcomes such as ongoing commissioning processes, OSHA reports, environmental reports, Bridgestone energy performance reports and projections

  2. Travel and present to Bridgestone’s plant managers the advantages and disadvantages of digital technologies such as Digital Prototyping

  3. Evaluate project team development; identify areas requiring further skill development

Inventor / Vault Planning – 10%

  1. Assist with Bridgestone’s efforts to develop a strategic plan for full Inventor and Vault implementation over time

  2. Assist with defining Inventor and Document Management scope, schedule, and budget

  3. Assist in developing project specific implementation direction and guide project teams to ensure Inventor and Vault Pro’s success

Maintenance of Expertise – 5%

  1. Maintain personal library to include reference books, manuals, technical papers and reports

  2. Visit trade shows, technical seminars, and attend selected courses to maintain skills



  • Associates degree plus five years of relevant experience in CAD management, CAD support, or application engineering fields.

  • Prior experience with Inventor


  • Bachelor’s degree inDrafting, Architecture, or Engineering

  • 8+ years of relevant experience

  • Machine design or Manufacturing design experience


  • Prior experience with Vault Pro software

  • Project Management Experience





Employee Type Regular Full-Time

Degree Preferred 4 Year Degree

Requisition ID 2017-113629

Posted Date 7/9/2017

Location US-TN-Nashville

Zip Code 37214

Functional Area Engineering

Category Engineering

As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action employer, it is the policy of Bridgestone to consider for employment all individuals regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.