Laboratory Senior Manager

Date: May 18, 2024

Location: Fort Smith, AR, US

Company: Leggett & Platt

We make life more comfortable.


Leggett & Platt’s overall mission is a commitment to enhance lives – by delivering quality products, offering empowering and rewarding careers, and doing our part in bringing about a better future.


Leggett & Platt’s inventive heritage and leadership in the residential products industry span more than 130 years. As The Components People, we are the leading supplier of a wide range of products and components for all areas of life, including mattress springs and carpet cushion, as well as bedding machinery and erosion-control products.


From aerospace tubing and fabricated assemblies to flooring underlayment and carpet cushion, Leggett & Platt has divisions that design, manufacture, and sell a variety of products. Our reliable product development and launch capability, coupled with our global footprint, make us a trusted partner for customers in the aerospace, hydraulic cylinders, flooring, textile, and geo components industries.


Learn more about the history of Leggett:




The world leader in bedding technology.


Leggett & Platt has been the driving force in bedding components technology since inventing the bedspring in 1885. Now, we own more mattress industry patents than anyone in the world.


Springs, foam, adjustable beds, machinery – our Bedding businesses design, produce, and supply innovative sleep solutions that help you rest comfortably.


Learn more about Bedding Components: L&P Bedding Group


Peterson Chemical Technology LLC, is searching for a Laboratory Sr. Manager to help support our Specialty Foam team. Did you know we are a global leader in foam technology? That’s right! In fact, we have been pioneers in this industry for over 20 years. Since then, we have partnered with Leggett & Platt and been an industry leader in foam chemistry and sleep technology. If you join our team, your work will ensure people across the world have a little more comfort in their lives.


As a Laboratory Sr. Manager, you will have the opportunity to leverage your passion for science to drive product innovation and deliver compelling new products for the polyurethane foam and bedding markets. Your contributions will have a direct impact on the business by managing an established team of experts to continue our path of leading the world in comfort foam technology. As a lab Sr. Manager, you will collaborate with many highly capable teams within Leggett & Platt to learn and to help integrate technologies for comfort science. You will also interface with raw material suppliers, foam and bedding customers, and retail companies, to learn about industry needs, share our innovations, and help formulate paths forward to advance comfort technology. The team you would lead is a diverse group of experienced chemists and engineers that affectionately call themselves “The Foam Nerds”. We have a very friendly and supportive group that keeps the environment light, but also loves a challenge. They take pride in their work and strive to delight our customers every day.  


So, what will you be doing as a Laboratory Sr. Manager?

•    A key responsibility for the Lab Sr. Manager is to plan and manage projects for the R&D and Technical Service teams, providing a clear vision for goals and timing.

•    A successful Laboratory Sr. Manager will be curious and creative, working closely with the team to develop new polyols, additives, and other intermediates for flexible polyurethane foam.

     While management is a key function, the Sr. Manager will also be a driver for new ideas and chemistry, working side-by-side in the laboratory with team members.

•    Internal and external promotion of new products and concepts is critical for success. The Lab Sr. Manager will interface with sales, marketing, and other R&D groups within the L&P family,

      and with customers, to develop, refine and deploy new technologies. The Lab Sr. Manager should be comfortable with communications, and occasional public speaking.

•    The Sr. Manager will be responsible for providing a safe and inspiring work environment where team members can be comfortable, motivated, open, and supportive.


To be successful in this role, you’ll need:
•    A BS degree, preferably in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Polymer Science
•    A minimum of 5 yrs. experience in polyurethane technology
•    Strong laboratory skills for working safely and effectively in a chemistry lab 
•    Curiosity and creativity, with a productive background in product development 
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills 
•    Comfortability with data analysis and critical thinking
•    The ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment 
•    Team-building skills for internal and external collaboration
•    An energetic and enthusiastic personality with a passion for learning 


Things we consider a plus:
•    A mechanical aptitude 
•    A background in PU foam and/or polyols or isocyanates for flexible foam


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 Values

Our values speak to our shared beliefs, and describe how we approach working together.

  • Put People First reflects our commitment to safety and care of each other, learning and development, and creating an inclusive environment of mutual respect, empathy and belonging.
  • Do the Right Thing focuses us on acting with honesty and integrity, delivering the results the right way, taking pride in our work, and speaking the truth – good or bad.
  • Do Great Work…Together occurs when we engage without hierarchy, collaborate as a team, embrace challenges, and work for the good of all of us.
  • Take Ownership and Raise the Bar demonstrates our responsibility to add value and make a difference, challenge the status quo and biases to make things better, foster innovative and creative solutions to drive impact, and explore new perspectives and embrace change.


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. Leggett & Platt is comprised of people of all abilities, gender identities and expressions, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, veteran status, and more. Join us!

We welcome and encourage applications if you meet the minimum qualifications. Even if you do not meet the preferred qualifications, we’d love the opportunity to consider you.

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