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Research and Development Engineer

Date: Aug 6, 2022

Location: Carthage, MO, US

Company: Leggett & Platt

We, at Leggett & Platt Inc., are searching for a Research and Development Engineer within our Engineering team to help support our Adjustable Bed  business.  Did you know we have been revolutionizing the sleep industry since 1883?  That’s right!  In fact, we hold the original patent on a spiral steel coil bed spring, filed way back in 1885.  Since then, we have been an industry leader in guaranteeing you get the best sleep possible.  If you join our team, your work will ensure people across the world have a little more comfort in their lives.


As a Research and Development Engineer you will have the opportunity to design, plan, organize, integrate, and complete engineering projects.  Your contributions will have a direct impact on the business by researching and implementing alternatives that would alleviate current challenges.  The team you will be working with is close-knit, quirky, and collaborative, and values challenging work and diversity of thought. 

So, what will you be doing as a(n) Research and Development Engineer?

  • Conduct research activities exploring new materials, technologies, and systems to develop new product solutions.
  • Research, investigate, and drive cutting-edge thinking to pursue industry innovative products, processes, and technology.
  • Design experience in R&D, or Pre-Product Development environment desired.
  • 3+ years of engineering experience in R&D or new development environment preferred.
  • Ability to generate prototypes and concepts to quickly vet ideas and communicate development results.
  • Working knowledge of broad material types.
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing processes.
  • Product design, creating prototype models and drawings.
  • Work closely with the Project Manager and the Engineering Manager. Oversee and track the prototype process of the project through the shop and testing activities per internal and external customer requirements.
  • Maintain project schedules to ensure timely completion.


To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering.
  • Proficiency in MS Office tools.
  • Demonstrate experience on a Solid Modeling CAD system preferably SolidWorks, along with Product Data Management (PDM).


Things we consider a plus:

  • 4-6 years of experience preferred.

Reasons You’ll Love It Here

Our benefits may vary slightly from one location to the next, but what you will find, is that we offer: medical, dental, and vision insurance; as well as paid vacation, paid personal time, and various opportunities to give back to your local community.  One convenient fact about our medical plan, is that we offer tele-visits, so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home when you are feeling under the weather!  We also strongly encourage and provide opportunities for learning and professional development.  Our Learning & Development team has put together in-house training on subjects like front-line supervisor essentials, how to manage conflict in the workplace, and many others.


What to Do Next

Now that you’ve had a chance to learn more about us, what are you waiting for!  Apply today and allow us the opportunity to learn more about you and the value you can bring to our team.  Once you apply, be sure to create a profile, and sign up for job alerts, so you can be the first to know when new opportunities become available.

Our Commitment to You

We're actively taking steps to make sure our culture is inclusive and that our processes and practices promote equity for all, including people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We welcome and encourage applications from people with these identities or members of other historically marginalized groups.

Research shows that women and people of color tend not to apply to jobs unless they believe they are 100% qualified and apply to fewer senior-level positions. With that in mind, we encourage you to apply if you meet the minimum qualifications but perhaps not all of the preferred qualifications. We'd love to have the opportunity to consider you! In keeping with our commitment, Leggett & Platt Inc. will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations.

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