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Senior Sourcing Manager, Packaging

Company Overview

Firestone Airide, specializes in air spring manufacturing and technology with a history of more than 80 years of research and development on technologically advanced air springs for the global marketplace. Firestone engineers air springs and related products for commercial trucks and trailers, cars, sport utility vehicles, light trucks, mini vans, motor homes, buses, agricultural equipment, rail and industrial applications.

Position Summary

The Senior Sourcing Manager, Packaging is responsible to lead the development of packaging solutions for new and existing finished goods and components. Leads the procurement process, defining strategy for the commodity, and ensuring supplier quality, delivery, and cost optimization are realized. As a member of the Procurement team, this position will engage the supply base to bring packaging solutions across multiple business functions and geographies to define all stakeholder needs. Plant and Customer requirements must all be considered related to any quality, delivery, and/or cost issues.

The scope of this role includes inbound and outbound packaging requirements. including: Expendable Packaging, Labels, Corrugated boxes, Returnable Containers, and pallets. This position is responsible to work with cross functional teams to recommend, review, test, and identify costs for various packaging design proposals, identify and drive opportunities to standardize materials to reduce complexity, and enable volume leveraged pricing for packaging components.

This position guides supplier adherence to current packaging standards and maintains responsibility for the Firestone Vendor Packaging Standards. Completes packaging approval with internally involved departments for supplier components. Work with customers’ packaging and labeling requirements and facilitates internal processes to meet those requirements. Total process view for packaging (container flow, impact on production, etc.) Implement annual process improvements to reduce costs and improve quality of delivered parts


In the Senior Sourcing Manager, Packaging role you will:

  • Sourcing lead for expendable and returnable packaging solutions, labels, pallets, wrapping etc. from a global supply base.
  • Define and implement procurement strategy for packaging commodity to align with the objectives of the business unit.
  • Manage all contracting requirements with supply base to secure favorable terms for Firestone Airide
  • Optimize packaging / labelling supply base for cost, lead-time, quality, regionalization, standardization, supply assurance, and compliance with customer, regulatory, and internal requirements
  • Guide Suppliers for packaging adherence to current Firestone Airide packaging standards
  • Support component suppliers to define suitable packaging specifications that meet Firestone and Customer requirements for new projects.
  • Stay current on engineering changes / new model changes as related to packaging and participate in project Stage Gate meetings for the introduction of new products to the market
  • Complete packaging specification approvals with internally involved departments
  • Support Returnable container inventory processes with logistics and manufacturing functions, and work with the customer to calculate the correct quantity required
  • Facilitate as needed regular maintenance of returnable packaging
  • Lead Packaging projects with multiple project phases, and developing deliverables over the duration of the project
  • Facilitate information, between Marketing, Procurement, Operations, Supply Chain, Quality and vendors of packaging.
  • Facilitate designs, tests standards and guidelines for packaging solutions for the organization's products and components
  • Align with engineering to define packaging requirements to support assembly line layout/process flow
  • Evaluate, manage, and select packaging suppliers/vendors; periodically conduct vendor reviews.
  • Troubleshoot new and existing packaging problems involving designs, materials, processes, and monitors corrective actions internally and with OEM customers.
  • Identify and implement cost saving initiatives related to packaging materials, labor, efficiency, transportation, and storage.
  • Define and propose Engineering Change Orders for changes to existing packaging designs
  • Submits OEM packaging forms and obtains the necessary approvals
  • Sourcing of new packaging as required, ensure compliance to company standards, manage contractual agreements with vendors
  • Periodically review packaging materials and investigates optimization projects (e.g., consolidate where possible, remove obsolete materials, standardize the range of packaging offered). Maintains a packaging database (carton sizes, partition sizes and quantities, pad sizes, coating/non-coating)
  • Assist and support operations with technical knowledge for experiments/test methodologies on packaging materials and structures to determine performance attributes best suited to maintain product quality, integrity, and maximize shelf-life.
  • Ensure projects remain on schedule by proactively driving tasks for on-time completion, highlighting potential risks to task completion, timely responses to communications, and actively participating in project team meetings.


  • Bachelor’s degree Required – Packaging, Industrial Eng, Manufacturing Mgt, Logistics, Supply Chain
  • 2-4 years of procurement/packaging/logistics/industrial engineering experience across multiple direct packaging material categories
  • SAP Experience - Preferred
  • Ability to use Microsoft products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams
  • Experience negotiating price, contracts, for direct material and service
  • Experience of both corrugated and flexible packaging materials including structures, functionality, and performance of the product
  • Experience in product commercialization from development of packaging material to shipment of product – Tier 1 Automotive preferred
  • Container Management experience -preferred
  • Ability to Assess supply and quality risks with suppliers, strong RFQ/RFP execution skills

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Answers to frequently asked questions about our application and interview process to help you prepare.

Before you apply for one of the available opportunities at Bridgestone, review each of the skills needed for the role that interests you and be prepared to show how you meet the qualifications.

Whether on a job application or your resume, it is essential to customize your information to highlight the most relevant connections to the job you want.

Once you have provided your information to Bridgestone, you will receive a request for an interview if you are being considered.

In the Bridgestone hiring process, depending on the role you are being considered for, you may have a one-on-one interview or a panel interview, and both can happen in person or via video call. If you are applying for a manufacturing or retail role, you will probably interview in person or at the location where you plan to work. All these factors can change how you might prepare for and conduct an interview, so we have created a guide that covers virtual or video interview tips and in-person interview tips. We have also included other common information you should consider.

Prepare Your “Elevator Speech”
In most interviews, you will get the prompt to “tell us about yourself” or something of that nature. It’s best to prepare a short but compelling description of yourself. Consider including:
Brief summary of your career, potentially highlighting your most relevant job.
Why are you looking to start a career at Bridgestone, or are you looking to change careers/jobs?
What was interesting about this particular role or working at Bridgestone?

Be Ready to Answer Questions
During an interview, you will be asked questions about previous experience to learn more about you. Whether you are asked about strengths or weaknesses or about a particular work situation that you might have considered a challenge or a win, it helps if you structure your answers with the STAR Method.
Situation: Describe the challenge you faced, win you had, or relevant situation
Task: Explain the role you played
Action: What were the detailed steps you took or how you accomplished the task
Result: Explain the outcome
Make sure that it is relevant to the role you are seeking. This method also helps you demonstrate how you accomplished something or overcame a challenge independently or while working well with a team.

Be Ready to Ask Questions
It is also important to ask questions to help you make an informed decision about the role if an offer is extended to you. Remember that you are interviewing Bridgestone as much as we are interviewing you, so asking interview questions is critical.
Some questions you can ask:
What would my day-to-day role look like?
Describe the team I would be working with.
What is your favorite thing about working at Bridgestone?
You mentioned (insert topic here). Tell me more about that.

By asking open-ended questions that cannot be answered with a simple “yes” or “no,” you can learn more about the role and the people you would be working with. And by circling back on information shared during the interview, you show that you are actively listening and interested.

Plan Your Route
If you are interviewing in person, map out the route you will take before the day of your interview to make sure you allow enough time for travel. Be mindful of traffic patterns and look for any construction in the area. Aim to be about 15 minutes early for your interview so you can find a place to park and take some time to prepare mentally.
If you have an unexpected schedule conflict, notify your recruiter via phone/email/text so they can work to reschedule your time.

Dress to Impress
Dress appropriately for the role you want. Different work environments may be more casual, but you always want to look your best for an interview. Consider this for a video interview as well. Most of us have better posture and body language when we look and feel our best. While no one may know you are wearing pajamas, your casual demeanor may not make a great first impression. Make sure you are free of as many distractions as possible. With many of us having to work from home while taking care of our families, we understand that quiet space can be challenging to find for you as well as for the interviewers. While we encourage you to find an area where you can focus and not be interrupted, we understand that life happens and might just happen during your interview, so don’t stress too much about it.

What to Bring
Even if you have provided a resume, always bring one additional copy for each person interviewing you. And for any interview, it’s always good to bring a pen and paper if you want to take notes. Stay engaged in the conversation; no one wants to see the top of your head while you write notes for the entire interview.

There may be a chance one or more of your interviews will be conducted virtually. Here are our tips to prepare;

Check Your Tech
Confirm what platform you will use and make sure that you have it properly installed and launched on your system.
If you use a device like a tablet or a laptop, ensure it is fully charged. Try not to use a phone if possible.
Confirm that your webcam and microphone are allowed and work correctly in your chosen browser.
Test your internet connection to ensure it is strong and working.
If using headphones, make sure they are connected and selected prior.
At the beginning of the interview, verify that the interviewer can hear and see you.
Close other programs on your computer. Getting notifications during your interview is distracting and unprofessional. Before your interview, ensure all other computer windows are closed, and notifications are silenced or turned off.
Switch your other devices onto silent mode; however, have your phone handy if your interviewer is having technical difficulties or trying to reach out via phone or email.
If you need any accessibility accommodations or are concerned about the required virtual platform not being fully accessible for you, please let the recruiter at Bridgestone know. We will reach out to discuss how to best support you.

Prepare Your Space
Conduct your interview in a quiet, well-lit environment, without a backlight or window that may put you in a shadow.
Find a place with a simple backdrop or blank wall to eliminate distractions and put the focus on you.
Avoid taking an interview from your vehicle. If it is the only quiet place you can find, DO NOT attempt to interview while driving or in a moving vehicle; our recruiters will end the call. After all, at Bridgestone, we make safety a business value.

Smile for the Camera
Look at the camera. Looking directly at the video camera (not the screen) is the only way to maintain direct eye contact with your interviewer.
Try to focus on sitting up straight and making eye contact. At the beginning of the interview, verify that the interviewer can hear and see you.
Be mindful of your body language. Not all physical cues translate from in-person interviews to video interviews. Be sure to have good posture and stay engaged.
Silence any other technology, i.e. smart watches; you don’t want to be distracted or appear disinterested during your interview."

When the interview ends, whether virtual or in person, you can ask what to expect as the next step in the process. The person conducting the interview can let you know if there are additional interviews to expect or if you will hear from HR with a decision as to whether you have been chosen for the role.

We ask that you be patient as we may have several candidates to interview, but we value your time and will offer the professional courtesy of a response either way. Also, if you are no longer interested in the role or have accepted another role, please notify your recruiter so they can remove you from the interview process.

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