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Nokian Tyres Job Post - Production Development Engineer

3 Sep 2021 1:35 PM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

Production Development Engineer

Full Time / R&D / Dayton, TN, US


  • Develop, configure, and optimize processes from R&D trials through to start up and quality certification 

  • Conduct new product outputs and test series: prepare plans, specifications, control and collecting results 

  • Prepare and arrange output reviews  

  • Manage profile drawings (plan, draw, develop and maintain) 

  • Continuous development of Nokian Tyres products (e.g., modulation, cycle times and equipment) and control operational quality while decreasing quality costs 

  • Maintain and develop recipe library 

  • Assess processes, take measurements, and interpret data 

  • Develop best practices, routines, and innovative solutions to improve production rates and quality of output 

  • Provide testing results and all necessary reports as needed 

  • Review existing tire specifications periodically to ensure that they meet all current standards 

  • Follow cut tire analysis results to detect any problem areas of specification conformance 

  • Maintain an awareness of defect levels on tire specifications and determines causes for and solutions to defect problems 

  • Validate process and test method activities by developing and executing procedures for new or existing products or processes 

  • Responsible for the process of problem solving in production processes with the goal of reducing product defects  

  • Review and evaluate changes to general product specifications and directs the revision of plant general specifications to ensure that they are capable of efficiently producing a consistent, high quality product 

  • Issue special projects requested by R & D to evaluate new production features 

  • Issue testing instructions and reports on all project results including process ability of changes and the effects on tire performance 

  • Establish periodic contact with R & D to maintain an awareness of new technical developments 

  • Analyze adjustment return tires to determine cause of failure, possible product improvements, and reviews any defective workmanship with production personnel 

  • Develop and implement statistical methods and design of experiments to support process/product control and improvement 

  • Work with all departments in the development of new processes, initiatives, and projects to provide necessary cross-functionality and risk mitigation 

  • Ensure maintenance and effective functioning of the Quality Management System in accordance with ISO 9001, IATF 16949 and ISO 14001 standards  

  • Follow all company environmental rules/procedures and handle all materials in a manner designed to minimize environmental impact  

  • Follow OSHA and company safety rules/procedures (including Lock Out/Tag Out policy) so as to prevent injury to self and others and to maintain safe equipment and conditions in entire area of responsibility  

  • Maintain all necessary records in the working documentation / computer-aided production control systems, proper accounting of products and defects 

  • Other duties as assigned 


  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills as role requires global interaction for support, audits and training 

  • Demonstrated ability to work on complex issues and to develop resolutions via in-depth evaluation of factors and/or frequent use of creativity 

  • Capability to professionally deal with changing priorities and requirements 

  • Thorough understanding of engineering principles and practices 

  • Team player attitude 

  • Objective judgment and fact-based decision-making approach 

  • Knowledge and experience with statistical methods, such as regression and correlation. High level understanding of statistical packages and databases, especially Microsoft office and Mini tab 

  • Ability to accomplish assignments in a logical fashion, using existing technology and standardized methodologies 

  • Strong multitasking competency 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering preferred and/or equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position 

  • Minimum of 3 years manufacturing experience in tire industry 

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications 

  • Must be available to work overtime and weekends when needed 

  • Must be willing and able to travel to Finland and/or Russia for training as needed 

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