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Kenansville, NC, US

Research and Development Engineer II


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Lear Corporation is the leading Tier 1 automotive supplier serving all of the world's major automotive manufacturers with our world-class automotive seating and automotive electrical products. Our products are developed and produced by a diverse, talented team of more than 165,000 people. With operations in 39 countries, Lear operates in every major automotive manufacturing region in the world. For our globally positioned and successful teams, we are looking for dedicated talents with zest for action and enthusiasm. If you love challenges, want to experience development opportunities unrestrained, and want recognition that pays off, then you've come to the right place with Lear.




As a member of the Seating-Fabric Development team, the NAA R & D Engineer II will be responsible for managing fabric and composite development for seating fabrics for both advanced timing and official OEM Development. The position also requires the management of all engineering launch activities for all the identified NA OEMs.


The Role:

Your work will include, but not be limited to:

  • Lead the development process for the engineering of seating fabrics and materials for the automotive industry – focusing on meeting the required OEM specifications and necessary launch timing
  • Management of the NA Engineering team activities for seating materials including surface finishing, lamination, and outside processing of critical sample materials for OEM program presentations
  • Provide oversight and guidance on engineering issues for OEM concerns or specification failures – including DOE creation/execution, statistical analysis, and corrective action plans
  • Effectively engage cross-functional teams in the manufacturing and transfer of products from Research and Development to Operations (Manufacturing)
  • Create necessary presentations and reports to communicate and guide the internal (sales and design) and external customers (OEMs and Tiers) on technical engineering issues for both fabric and composite
  • Interact with Outside Processors and Suppliers for all secondary processes that have been approved to determine the individual product and manufacturing capability and feasibility
  • Assist in the development of new and innovative processes and chemistries to be utilized in seating fabrics for the automotive industry
  • Provide the required process details and routings for fabrics as well as review final costing details so that accurate information can be provided to the Sales team to utilize in the OEM quoting process


Advantages of working at Lear in the Seating-Fabric Development group:

  • Ability to work with an experienced team of technical experts supporting the automotive industry with innovative engineering solutions that meet our customer needs and requirements.


Your Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Textile Engineering or Polymer Chemistry and/ 5+ years in textile development
  • Extensive knowledge of the textile manufacturing process including: Yarn properties, Dyeing, Setting, Surface Finishing, Lamination and Composite development
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and statistical software
  • Very organized, able to prioritize workload and work to tight deadlines for
  • Work to a high level of accuracy with attention to detail
  • Ability to work within a team environment and help drive results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills – able to convey concepts and visions to a wide range of audiences
  • Position requires travel within and outside of the US to meet with customers and suppliers


Bonus If You Have:

  • Experience with Automotive Launch and Quality Criteria for both overhead and seating surface materials
  • History of working within a global organization for product development and transfer

Lear Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workplace.


Applicants must submit their resume for consideration using our applicant tracking system. Due to the high volume of applications received, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. Unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies, or similar, will not be paid a fee and will become the property of Lear Corporation.


Nearest Major Market: Fayetteville