Bridgestone Americas, Inc Procurement Manager, Industrial Products in Nashville, Tennessee

Opportunity Details:


Success in designing and manufacturing air springs to cushion the ride of vehicles that support the world’s transportation infrastructure has fueled FSIP’s growth from a single plant in 1936 to becoming the world’s number one air spring manufacturer. With employees throughout the world, the Company’s U.S. headquarters is located in Carmel, Indiana. FSIP is excited to announce its move of the U.S. headquarters to Nashville, Tennessee in 2017.

In addition to supplying Airide™ air springs to vehicle original equipment manufacturers, FSIP also makes air springs for the industrial market and the heavy duty and light duty aftermarkets. In the enthusiast aftermarket, FSIP is an industry leader with the Ride-Rite™, Coil-Rite™ and Level-Rite™ brands of air helper springs.

Position Summary:

As a Procurement Manager supporting Firestone Building Products (FSIP), this individual will be responsible for managing the complete procurement process of designated materials to reduce the cost of goods and services while ensuring uninterrupted supply. The role will be held accountable for development and execution of commodity, supplier and cost reduction strategies, and work plans to support procurement of raw materials to support the air spring manufacturing as well as accessories associated with the given product lines. In conjunction with impacted stakeholders, this position is responsible for ultimate execution to established timelines and subsequent supplier performance and relationship management.

This individual will be responsible for working with the appropriate Research & Development, Quality and Manufacturing team members, the Procurement Manager, FSIP will focus on procuring raw materials as well as value added materials such as:

  • Compound

  • Fabric

  • Injection Molded Plastic and Rubber Parts

  • Stampings

  • Castings

  • Machines Parts

  • Electronics


Key Accountabilities:

  • Leads assigned Commodity teams in all aspects of business management to deliver optimal value for internal business requirements and external supplier relationships and performance

  • Interacts with both supply base and internal customers to identify, implement, and realize cost reduction opportunities

  • Provides Procurement support to all Business Units and/or functional areas to ensure Procurement representation and participation in all issues related to meeting business supply requirements

  • Analyzes market trends and reports substantial issues and associated resolution plans to management to minimize the risk of interrupted supply

  • Develops strategies and work plans related to relevant Procurement processes and drives associated projects to successful completion

  • Identifies and resolves any issues related to quality, cost, and delivery to minimize the risk of interrupted supply

  • Manages and enhances supplier performance through standardized processes and continuous improvement efforts to obtain optimal results related to quality, cost, delivery, and service

  • Completes following activities as required: data collection, market analysis, sourcing, cost model analysis, award, implementation across units, contract administration, and compliance monitoring

  • Scope of assignment includes:

  • Leading strategic analysis/ project execution of Procurement team

  • Process analysis and improvement

  • Ensuring internal & external relevant data collection

  • Commodity & market analysis; cost modeling & analysis

  • Sourcing, award, & execute across impacted manufacturing facilities and Business Units

  • Contract administration & compliance monitoring for assigned commodities



  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred

  • 7+ years Procurement & Commodity Management experience

  • CPM certification preferred

  • Ability to multitask and adapt to a rapidly changing business environment


  • Ability to multitask and adapt priorities quickly

  • Effective and advanced communication skills

  • Advanced planning & analytical capability

  • Advanced, complex problem solving; able to identify key issues and effectively coordinate efforts to achieve resolution

  • Leadership & teamwork; able to build internal & external alliances with focus on “customer relations”


  • Prior designated commodity and materials' buying experience

  • Experience in creating and communicating strategies

  • Global and regional markets & supply base insight

  • Understanding of cost structures and cost breakdowns

  • Business, industry and commodity acumen


  • Leadership skills

  • Strategy formulation, development and implementation including:

  • Supplier segmentation

  • Spend analysis & costing models

  • SWOT analysis

  • Advanced Procurement fundamentals:

  • RFQ/RFP, bid analysis, supplier selection and award

  • Negotiation strategy & execution

  • Supplier & internal customer interface

  • Contract development, management & administration

  • Financial Analysis & Project Management

  • Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) & negotiation

  • Proficient in "Problem Solving Decision Making"

Employee Type Regular Full-Time

Degree Preferred Graduate Degree

Requisition ID 2017-112827

Posted Date 6/23/2017

Location US-TN-Nashville

Zip Code 37217

Functional Area Purchasing

Category Purchasing / Procurement

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.