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Jobs in research and development

Innovation has always been at the heart of the Group's growth strategy. Mathematicians, materials specialists, computer scientist ... no less than 6,600 researchers are working to invent the mobility of tomorrow in collaboration with universities and laboratories around the world.

Various jobs for unique path

Jackie

Tire Performance Research Engineer

Jackie Branscomb
...it is currently being used worldwide within Michelin.

I have spent the past six years in the tire performance research and development group specializing first in tire noise and comfort. Over the last year, I have transitioned to focusing on tire handling. I have been called on as a key expert to help improve tire performance for noise, comfort, and handling for many vehicle manufacturers’ new vehicle development programs. I am currently working on developing new simulation capabilities for the handling performance with the goal of using simulated data to design better tires more quickly and reduce manufacturing costs during development.

One of my most interesting projects was to design and implement a new tool for analyzing tire tread patterns to reduce the variation in the acoustic content, and it is currently being used worldwide within Michelin. During the development of this tool, I had the opportunity to analyze historical data, instrument vehicles with microphones to take my own new data, plan tire builds to help validate the simulations, program the prototype tool and design the user interface. This new tool was used in the development of a new tire line and helped to significantly reduce the acoustic level.

Career path
Career Path
Handling and Performance

The main goals of my current position are to understand the physics behind tire handling, develop and run simulations to predict the handling, and to be responsible for the test methods used to evaluate tires for the handling performance. It is exciting to have the opportunity to work with all of the vehicle manufacturers to develop new tires through design, simulation, and testing that exceed their expectations for the manufacturers’ next generation vehicles.

Noise and Comfort Performance

As the noise and comfort performance leader for North America, I used simulation and data analysis to focus on the noise and comfort performance of tires. Tire noise and comfort is a field that not many people are familiar with, so it was a very interesting role to learn about the acoustic response of tires and how complex the multiple mechanisms are that create tire noise.

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During my Day I...
Run Simulations

...for predicting the handling performance on new tire designs and I meet with tire designers to give advice on how to improve the different aspects of tire handling.

Collaborate

As a member of the performance team, which has a worldwide network, I regularly communicate and collaborate with my colleagues in other zones, and my roles have given me the opportunity to travel internationally on several occasions for seminars and training as well as travel within the U.S. to different vehicle manufacturers for joint tests and other collaborations.

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Other testimonials

Felicia

Plant Manager

A little about me
Felicia , Plant Manager
Sanders Closer Up II

I have been the plant manager in Dothan for 16 months. I worked at a Michelin facility in Greenville, S.C. for two and a half years, and prior to that in the Chemical and Pulp/Paper Industries for nearly 20 years.

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<B>What do you love about working at Michelin?</B>

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I love the people. Working in manufacturing forges bonds that can be lifelong. Work can be difficult without those bonds and without the feeling of being supported. I am supported and have a network of great friends, mentors and mentees.

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<B>What would you say to a friend who was thinking about working here?</B>

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I would encourage anyone who wants to work here to come with their past experiences in hand and be ready to contribute. Be open to new ideas and understand that getting results is what keeps businesses in operation. Be results-oriented and empower your team to make timely decisions that are rooted in excellence.   

Sanders Closer Up II

Julia

R & D Learning and Development Manager

...to ensure people are at the correct level of competency to achieve business results for today and for the future.
Julia , R & D Learning and Development Manager
Julia Jeter

I manage the Competency Management (Learning and Development) team for the Research and Development disciplines. I manage the Competency Managers, who plan and execute each discipline’s training program and steer each discipline to ensure people are at the correct level of competency to achieve business results for today and for the future.

The Competency Managers also available and updated referential that pertain to each discipline.

Julia Jeter

Ryan

Distribution Manager

I drive change.
Ryan , Distribution Manager
Ryan Hight

I manage the Supply Chain and Logistics Services team for North America. I am responsible for a team of people who work alongside customers to solve their pain points and implement services to support their business. 

Ryan Hight

Carolina

New Product Planner

I’ve enjoyed every job I’ve had but this one has been the most satisfying.
Carolina , New Product Planner
Carolina Cropped

I plan new product launches while making sure that the old product phases out accordingly.  Once the project reaches a specific milestone, I start planning what we need in order to launch a new tire line on time (design releases, molds, test builds, etc.) and estimate when we should have inventory at our selling location.  As you can tell, this is a very cross functional position – coordination needs to happen with RDI, industry, technical, supply chain, logistics, customer service, marketing and sales.  I’ve enjoyed every job I’ve had but this one has been the most satisfying since I’ve seen what needs to happen to get a product to market and being part of an actual commercial launch has been VERY exciting.

Carolina Cropped
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Felicia

Plant Manager

Julia Jeter

Julia

R & D Learning and Development Manager

Ryan Hight

Ryan

Distribution Manager

Carolina Lozano

Carolina

New Product Planner

The main jobs in the field of research and development at Michelin

Although it is not very visible, a tire is an object of incredible complexity. An object that will have to adapt to changes in global mobility, new forms of mobility, digitalisation of the market, environmental constraints and meet the new needs of our customers. That's why at Michelin, research and innovation covers 350 different areas of expertise and a very large number of professions.

Vignette

Designer of specific machines

Organizes and sizes the activity of his team. Is responsible for the level of skills and development of people.
Guarantees customers the commitments made in terms of quality, cost and time.
Identifies technical developments and proposes strategic directions.

Tire designer

Designs new objects with offsetting performance compromises.
Is responsible for the design process, from digital simulation to vehicle testing.
Interacts with chemists, physicists, mechanics and marketing representatives.

Architect materials

Realizes the design in his field of activity, as a participant in the core team of a research program.
Coordinates the designs of the other materials trades as a synthesis function.
Guarantees the implementation of the materials strategy (concept).

Digital modeling engineer

Demonstrates expertise in the use of finite element code.
Prescribes and validates the evolution of the code. Sets the code at the request of the product / process designers.
Trains new users.