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Bridgestone Americas, Inc Indirect Procurement Manager, Logistics and Supply Chain in Nashville, Tennessee


As Indirect Procurement Manager, Logistics & Supply Chain, this individual will lead all aspects of business management as it relates to Logistics & Supply Chain Strategic Sourcing and optimizing total value and quality. In conjunction with impacted stakeholders, this position is responsible to execute and deliver optimal value in meeting business requirements, managing supplier relationships and subsequent supplier performance.

Scope of assignment includes but not limited to ensuring data collection, market analysis, sourcing, cost model analysis, sourcing award, implementation across various business units and/or functional areas, contract administration and compliance monitoring for assigned categories as applicable.


Wherever you work and whatever role you fill, when you represent the Bridgestone name you know that you are a valued teammate who is part of our larger mission to Serve Society with Superior Quality. We start by offering each teammate more than just a salary. We provide formal training, competitive performance incentives, paid vacation and holidays, healthcare packages for full-time and part-time employees, and a 401k plan to help build your future. We believe people can only provide superior service and quality to others when they are allowed to bring their whole selves to work and know they are supported. We believe in championing all perspectives, individuals and teams because we understand the importance of seeing the world and our business through many different lenses. We are building a team as diverse as the world we serve. So, show us what you are made of. Show us the smart stuff, the tough stuff, the bold, beautiful and brave stuff. Because who you are is what we need. Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation headquartered in Japan. Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand products to address the needs of a broad range of customers and industries.


Working with the appropriate business units and functional team members, the Indirect Procurement Manager will provide leadership and oversight on indirect categories. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Logistics & Supply Chain

  • Truckload, LTL & Flatbed

  • Rail/Intermodal & Ocean Freight

  • Small Parcel

  • Fleet & Fleet Services

  • Warehouse Services

  • 3PL/4PL Providers

  • Packaging (Corrugated, Pallets, etc.)

  • Leasing Programs (Material Handling Equipment (MHE), Equipment, Vehicles, etc.)

Working in collaboration with the noted team members and understanding their needs and requirements, the Indirect Procurement Manager will:

  • Manage procurement process for designated materials and services to reduce the total cost of goods & services while increasing overall value

  • Interact with supply base and internal "customers" to identify and implement cost reduction opportunities

  • Provide procurement support to all functional areas, ensuring procurement representation and participation in all issues related to meeting business requirements

  • Analyze market trends and report substantial issues / resolution plan(s) to management if applicable

  • Develop necessary strategies and work plans, driving to completion (i.e. commodity & supplier strategies, projects....as applicable)

  • Resolve issues related to quality, cost, delivery

  • Manage and enhance supplier performance through standardized processes and continuous improvement efforts impacting quality, cost, delivery and service, in support of multiple business unit locations and/or functional areasÂ


  • Prior designated commodity and/or materials' buying experience

  • Advanced commodity knowledge:

  • Logistics/Supply Chain, Packaging, Equipment Leasing Programs

  • Supplier Diversity Program Management & Execution

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy Management & Execution

  • Global (as applicable) and regional markets/supply base insight

  • Cost driver structure

  • Budgeting/Financial Oversight; Business, industry and commodity acumen


  • Prior management of Direct and/or Indirect goods and/or services buying experience in a centralized, decentralized (SBU) or plant environment

  • Contract development, management & oversight

  • Strategy development including but not limited to:

  • Supplier segmentation/rationalization

  • Spend analysis & costing models

  • SWOT analysis

  • Proficient in " Problem Solving Decision Making"


  • Ability to multitask and adapt priorities quickly

  • Effective and advanced communication skills

  • Advanced planning and analytical capability

  • Advanced procurement fundamentals:

  • Â Â Strategic Sourcing; RFP/RFQ

  • Â Â Bid analysis/award

  • Â Â Negotiation strategy & teammate coaching/development

  • Â Â Supplier leadership interface

  • Advanced, complex problem solving; able to identify key issues and effectively coordinate effort to achieve resolution cross- functionally

  • People leadership & teamwork; able to build alliances with focus on customer orientation

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite products and SAP


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain and/or related area required; advanced degree preferred

  • Preferred certifications: CPM

  • Strategic and/or Operational Procurement Leadership (7+ Years)

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


Bachelor's degree; 6 y+ years of relevant experience including 3-5 years management or direct/indirect leadership experienceOr Master's degree; 4+ years of relevant experience including 2-4 years management or direct/indirect leadership experience

Bridgestone is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. It is our policy 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.