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Comfort Engineer

Job Location Minneapolis, Minnesota

Position Purpose 

Discover, test and implement new innovative technologies into our market leading products.  This individual will be a key member in Sleep Number’s strategic execution of product development, championing great design and problem-solving skills in support of our vision of becoming the world’s most beloved brand by delivering an unparalleled sleep experience.

Primary Responsibilities

This position is responsible for completing mechanical design engineering functions on new product development projects, with exposure to all stages of development from concept conception to commercialization.

  • Define new and existing mechanical engineering design requirements in accordance with corporate quality goals, design for manufacturing (DFM), product marketing, and customer expectations and requirements.
  • Identify and analyze alternative new product design criteria to achieve optimal solutions that satisfy cost, technical requirements and project schedules.
  • Develop test methodologies to ensure that new product designs are verified and validated before product launch.
  • Understand and autonomously execute change management to include product and regulatory documentation.
  • Conduct periodic design reviews to gather design inputs from cross-functional teams.
  • Partner with external vendors on the purchase, design, testing, and installation of new equipment & new products.
  • Utilize engineering techniques to create new sleep platforms and optimize existing products while remaining focused on the overall customer experience.
  • Gather and apply data to advance the comfort and thermal characteristics of Sleep Number® products.

Position Requirements 

  • BSME required
  • 2 to 5 years of experience in mechanical engineering field.
  • Six-Sigma experience considered a plus.
  • P.E. license considered a plus.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Strong mechanical engineering aptitude
  • Excellent problem solving skills, with an ability to practically apply mechanical design theory
  • Self-motivated with an ability to effectively manage time
  • Demonstrated success in the design,development,validation, and launch of new products
  • Ability to lead technical and cross-functional project teams from concept to market implementation
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership and design support to projects with moderate complexity and scope
  • Proven ability to successfully perform within a cross-functional team environment
  • Ability to solve complex engineering problems
  • Proficient with new product development tools like Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), and Design Validation & Testing (DVT)
  • Proven proficiency in design and development of mechanical systems
  • Strong CAD (Pro/ENGINEER preferred) skills are required, with experience in Tolerance analysis and GD&T.
  • Strong presentation skills and the ability to present complex ideas and content in an understandable manner to diverse audiences
  • Desire to work in a hands-on R&D lab environment, with the support of engineering technicians
  • Experience with project planning (MS Project preferred) and cost forecasting
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize
  • Conscientious, team player who drives for results
  • Superior organizational skills with ability to multi-task and balance complex and routine work activities
  • Ability to multi-task and manage numerous projects simultaneously
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Prepare written reports, proposals, and presentations

Working Conditions (if applicable)

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.; team lift of up to 100 lbs.
  • Light / moderate travel based on business needs.

EEO Statement

Sleep Number is an equal opportunity employer, committed to recruiting, hiring and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, regardless of sex; race; color; creed; national origin; religion; age; marital status; pregnancy; physical, mental, communicative or sensory disability; sexual orientation; gender identity or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.

Sleep Number is an equal opportunity employer, committed to recruiting, hiring and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, regardless of sex; race; color; creed; national origin; religion; age; marital status; pregnancy; physical, mental, communicative or sensory disability; sexual orientation; gender identity or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.

Job ID R309
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