Bridgestone Americas, Inc Procurement Manager (Senior Sourcing) in Nashville, Tennessee


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.

Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO) operates the world's largest chain of company-owned auto care and tire stores. With four retail brands and 2,200 stores nationwide, BSRO employs nearly 22,000 teammates. The company is part of Bridgestone Americas.

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. United States

Position Summary

The Procurement Manager for Bridgestone Retail Operations is responsible for managing assigned categories and teammates in all aspects of strategic sourcing including supplier relationship management and total cost of ownership while meeting internal customer requirements. The Procurement Manager will work with the Procurement Director to establish goals and objectives for the team that will have a direct impact on the operational results.


  • Leads assigned categories and teammates 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 purchasing 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 the following activities as required: data collection, market analysis, sourcing, cost model analysis, award, implementation across units, contract administration, and compliance monitoring

  • Plans and establishes goals and objectives for a team, with direct impact on the immediate or short-term operational results of the work area

  • Manages day-to-day elements of the budget including Retail Store Parts Inventory

  • Problems and issues faced may be technical in nature, and may require an understanding of Automotive Systems / Parts.

  • Responsible for making modifications in systems and processes to solve problems or improve effectiveness of the work area

  • Explains policies, practices and procedures of the work area to others within the organization. May work to justify and gain cooperation of other parties on practices, policies and procedures


  • Bachelor’s degree required; technical degree a plus

  • 7 plus years of automotive OEM, Tier-1 and or Aftermarket/Retail supplier or relevant procurement experience in direct and indirect materials, parts/components or services

  • Experience in supplier strategy development, strategic sourcing and procurement category management

  • Advanced negotiation strategy development and execution

  • Strong analytical and advanced planning skills

  • Strong leadership characteristics and communication skills required along with an ability to collaborate and build strong, working relationships with internal and external customers.


  • CPM certification preferred

  • ASE certification in eight functional areas preferred

  • A1 Engine Repair

  • A2 Automatic Trans/Transaxle

  • A3 Manual Drive Train and Axles

  • A4 Suspension and Steering

  • A5 Brakes

  • A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems

  • A7 Heating and Air Conditioning

  • A8 Engine Performance




Employee Type Regular Full-Time

Degree Preferred 4 Year Degree

Requisition ID 2017-118353

Posted Date 9/20/2017

Location US-TN-Nashville

Zip Code 37201

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.