Published in the July/August 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs approximately 73,000 people, and manufactures its products in 53 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Together with its subsidiaries and joint ventures, Goodyear develops, builds, markets, and sells tires for most applications — including passenger cars, light trucks, SUV’s, commercial trucks, race cars, airplanes, and heavy earth-mover machinery.
The company is headquartered in Akron, Ohio, and has innovation centers in Akron and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg. In 2011, Goodyear posted net sales of $22.8 billion.
Goodyear offers a wide range of employment opportunities throughout its corporate operations, field sales, manufacturing facilities, and company-owned retail stores. The company is currently hiring for a variety of positions, including engineers, front-line managers, and maintenance and service technicians; and well as for corporate roles in areas such as supply chain, procurement, finance, and human resources.
Goodyear’s relationship with the United States military began in World War I, when the company produced truck tires, and even airships, for the war effort. Today, as the largest producer of military tires in the United States, Goodyear still plays an important part in keeping our armed forces rolling.
But the company’s military commitment runs far deeper than just producing tires. Goodyear is also committed to hiring military veterans. The company partners with military bases located near its large manufacturing facilities to recruit employees, and it participates in military job fairs.
Goodyear believes in recruiting veterans because they often demonstrate proven leadership skills, dependability, and a strong work ethic. Many veterans also possess technical skills and abilities that translate well to working in the tire industry.
Veterans looking to build a civilian career will find the Goodyear culture to be a familiar one – with strong value placed on leadership traits such as building talent and teams, problem-solving, effective communication, courageous decision-making, and delivering results. Goodyear also supports the military through charitable contributions and cause-related marketing. The 2012 “Goodyear Gives Back” program is one example. This awareness and fund-raising effort generates support and donations for the “Support Our Troops” nonprofit organization, which helps members of the military and their families.
Christopher Banweg works at Goodyear as the director of global process improvement for human resources. Banweg was a major in the Marines Corps; his central responsibilities were financial management, civil affairs, and project management. He left a job in the financial services industry to join Goodyear in December 2011.
He decided to join Goodyear because he knew his skills and experience would be appreciated. “I chose to work here because my experience, both military and civilian, is valued and applied,” he said. “It’s truly a global company with opportunities for growth, and their focus on strong leadership, communication, and problem-solving is a great match to the type of culture I value as a Marine.”