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Senior Hardware Engineer

Date: May 26, 2023

Location: Detroit, MI, US

Company: Leggett & Platt

We, at Leggett & Platt Inc., are searching for a Senior Hardware Engineer within our Electronics Engineering team to help support our automotive business.  Did you know we are the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of seating support and comfort systems for transportation manufacturers, as well as tier one and two suppliers within the automotive industry?  That’s right!  In fact, in 2019, we were named as one of GM’s “Supplier of the Year” recipients.  Our automotive products fall into four primary groups:  Seating and Lumbar support, Wireless Charging, 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 a Senior Hardware Engineer, you will have the opportunity to build products from beginning to end, working with most OEMs.  Your contributions will have a direct impact on the business by researching, designing, and developing Embedded Software.  The team you will be working with is close-knit, and values supporting each other to be successful. 


We at Leggett & Platt Automotive are looking for a Senior Hardware Engineer to join our growing Automotive Team at our facility in Detroit, Michigan.  We are a multi-billion-dollar globally diversified company that designs and manufactures various engineered components and products. Our growing automotive business unit, which exceeds one billion dollars in sales, is comprised of four main product segments with operations on three continents.  Our customers include OEM and Tier 1 automotive companies.


In this role, you will report to the Electronics Core Product Development Engineering Manager and support the project team in research, design and development of electronic hardware including, requirements, architecture, schematic design, simulation, design for EMC, hardware layout and validation.  This position will be on a Hybrid schedule.


What you will be doing as a Senior Hardware Engineer?


  • Promote company vision/mission, beliefs, behaviours and safety vision to team members and acknowledge team members evidencing support.
  • Complete various engineering efforts to design, prototype and validate product design solutions in support of customer and internal core team timing requirements.
  • Maintain regular contact with team and systems integration engineering on technical issues, and complete efforts to ensure understanding of their needs by deriving hardware requirements from system requirements resulting in delivery of commitments from Leggett & Platt for a given design architecture.
  • Active participation in program core teams with proactive presentation of defined engineering deliverables defined in the APD portion of the C2P process.
  • Develop engineered product solutions to meet customer needs by creative use of core part designs and technologies by ensuring compliance to IPC and other regulatory standards, utilizing best practices such as WCCA, thermal, electrical and EMC simulations and other such standard tools.
  • Establish and maintain adequate records of technical information, process methods/standards, design and program details, and records to support/procure reliable patent actions.
  • Ensure products are reviewed for best practice from a Design for Excellence (DFX) perspective including Design for Manufacturing (DFM), Design for Assembly (DFA), Design for Cost (DFC), Design for Testability (DFT), Design for Reliability (DFR) and Design for Ergonomics (DFE) to ensure design delivery to product targets.


We're looking for someone with:


  • University level Bachelor of Engineering degree or validated equivalent in the appropriate field of engineering.
  • Preferred 5+ years of experience in an Automotive Embedded Hardware Product Design role.
  • Experience working with project launch cycles for automotive.
  • Experience working with schematic entry and PCB layout design tools and their process (Cadence tool suite is an asset).
  • Knowledge of schematic design, layout design, design for EMC and engineering calculations and analysis (e.g. WCCA and simulations).
  • Knowledge of standard automotive communication bus hardware integration (e.g. LIN and CAN).
  • Knowledge of automotive APQP terms.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and presentation skills.


Since 1883, Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) has been creating a wide variety of innovative products that can be found in most homes, offices, and automobiles.  Today our growing 137-year-old company is comprised of 15 business units and 140 facilities located in 18 countries.  We’re not just hiring, we’re building a better company.  Learn more about what Leggett life is like here:


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