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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.

Our employees The highlights

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.

Career path

Other testimonials

Martin

Key Account Manager

Michelin is pure emotion!
Martin , Key Account Manager
Key Account Manager

Motivation, sociability and fun at work are very important criteria for me for a successful job at Michelin. Whether customer, daily challenges or working with colleagues - everything is fun here! With the right commitment and the right motivation, you can go a long way at Michelin and get many opportunities.

Key Account Manager

Caroline

Customer Marketing Manager

Michelin is a part of my life!
Caroline , Customer Marketing Manager
Customer Marketing Manager

"Michelin is a part of my life! Michelin has already taken me to many places, opened up many possibilities for me, so that I can identify myself with my job. That motivates me every day to give my best".

 
Customer Marketing Manager

Nadine

Key Account Manager

Being BIB for a day
Nadine , Key Account Manager
Nadine - Bib-Männchen für einen Tag

"I was once invited to dinner with a customer. It was about a new fair, which should take place in the Allgäu, an agricultural show. And while we were discussing the event, he said to me: "If you come as a Michelin man, it's worth an extra order of tyres to me". "How many?," I asked. "About 40 to 50 additional agricultural tyres. I didn't have to be told twice and ordered the costume from our prop room that we have there for stock. During the agricultural show I stood the whole day in the costume and had fun with the children. It was incredibly hot in this thing, but time flew by and everyone had a lot of fun. And the customer? He paid his betting debts and actually placed the additional order!"

Nadine - Bib-Männchen für einen Tag

Ingo

Head of Michelin Service Centre

Michelin is like a big family
Ingo , Head of Michelin Service Centre
Ingo

"Michelin is like a big family. There is a cohesion that I have never experienced before. I am very proud of my development at Michelin and it really is a lot of fun to work here and with a great team, to move a lot of things successfully forward."

Ingo
Key Account Manager

Martin

Key Account Manager

Customer Marketing Manager

Caroline

Customer Marketing Manager

Nadine - Bib-Männchen für einen Tag

Nadine

Key Account Manager

Ingo

Ingo

Head of Michelin Service Centre

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.