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Chief Engineer - Innovation

Date: Feb 2, 2023

Location: Detroit, MI, US

Company: Leggett & Platt

We, at Leggett & Platt Inc., are searching for a Chief Engineer - Innovation within our Automotive business.  Did you know we are the world's leading designer and manufacturer of seating support and comfort systems for OEMs, as well as Tier1 and Tier2 within the automotive industry globally? That's right! Our automotive products fall into five primary groups: Seating and Lumbar support, Electronics and Software, Motors and Actuators, and Mechanical Cables.  If you join our team, your work will ensure people across the world have a little more comfort in their lives. 


As Chief Engineer - Innovation, you will have the opportunity to lead highly diversified team that will focus on innovation and product development. In this exciting, highly impactful senior leadership role, you and your team will lead evolution of our automotive business’ current product suite in accordance with and understanding of automotive technology trends. You will work with a highly motivated team of cross functional experts to achieve collective success in positioning the company for long term growth.


So, what will you be doing as a Chief Engineer - Innovation?

  • Incorporate the company strategic direction into development teams globally for the product group.
  • Integrate engineering efforts with sales and marketing to identify, evaluate, and establish product directions in support of the company strategic business growth and product strategies.
  • Focus on innovation through the development “next evolution” of current product mix
  • Develop strategic mid and long-term plans by interacting with customers to ideate and develop new products for the future.
  • Utilize experience in automotive industry to understand and predict market trends.
  • Create career development paths for engineering teams with focus on succession planning.
  • Ensure alignment across a global product leadership team.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering
  • Masters degree is a plus
  • 8-10 years direct leadership and product development, hands on experience in the automotive business.
  • At least 5 years of experience leading technical teams and strategic management. 


  • Experience in collaborating across multiple functional areas of a business (Operations, Finance, Sales, Program Management)
  • Ability to develop innovation strategy & roadmap and their implementation
  • Competency & experience on creative methodology for generating new product ideas
  • Strong ability to understand and evaluate technical information received such as specifications, test methods, processes, etc
  • Ability to work directly with customers
  • Understanding of global markets and experience leading a global team of engineering experts; specifically in China, Germany, and Canada
  • Knowledge in connectivity, autonomous driving, electrification


Things we consider a plus

  • Tier1 or Tier2 automotive experience
  • Progressive roles in innovation and product development
  • Passion for the industry demonstrated through research /development/patents


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 proud of the fact that we are strongly rooted in being an inclusive, people-focused organization.  Our company culture reflects values like integrity, ownership, and authenticity. We take these to heart, and if you do as well, you’ll fit right in.


Leggett & Platt Inc. is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals.  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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