Beads are used in deep drawn sheet metal parts for increasing the part stiffness. Thus, reductions of sheet metal thickness and consequently weight reduction can be reached. Style guides for types and positions of beads exist, which are often applied. However, higher stiffness effects can be realized using numeric optimization. The optimization algorithm considers the two-stepped manufacturing process consisting of deep drawing and bead stamping. The formability in both manufacturing steps represents a limiting factor. Considering nonlinear strain paths using generalized forming limit concept (GFLC), acceptable geometries will be determined in simulation. Among them, the efficient geometry which has higher stiffness effects will be selected in numerical and experimental tests. These will be integrated in the optimization algorithm.