Flexible Technologies

A Leader in Hose and Ducting Manufacturing

R&D Engineer – Flexible Technologies (Abbeville, SC)

Job Summary:

  • Responsible for the design and development of new and derivative products, equipment and processes
  • Proactive in the development of new products and processes in order to maintain the existing customer base and attract new customers
  • Responsible for implementing all product designs to meet the customer requirements
  • Seeks maximum agreement between customer specifications and design specifications

Essential Functions:

  • Works with the broader R&D organization in the design, development, documentation and manufacturing implementation of new and derivative products for the Group
  • Works with the broader R&D and Operations organizations to design, develop, document and implement new processes, process improvements and production equipment for the Group
  • Maintains a clear understanding of desired product performance characteristics of the consumer, customer, warranty, regulatory and/or other entities
  • Develops and originates specifications for and documentation of all newly developed product raw materials, components and assemblies.  Evaluates specifications for raw materials and components and negotiates with vendors to establish requirements.
  • Develops, arranges and specifies all compliance testing.  Initiates or defines new product test procedures when existing procedures do not meet needs.
  • Remains knowledgeable of, interprets and reports data generated from internal trial runs or product studies, including communication and negotiation with customers
  • Analyzes competitive products and developments on an ongoing basis for design and processing, performance and cost
  • Stays abreast of patents and initiates invention disclosures and patent applications as required

Secondary Duties:

  • Visits customers, attends trade shows and remains knowledgeable of market developments and trends
  • Coordinates and oversees design and fabrication of prototype and production tooling


Education:               Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related Engineering discipline.  Equivalent experience acceptable.

Experience:             3 – 5 years experience


Strong conceptual skills and mechanical aptitude

Well-organized self-starter with creative and innovative ability

Effective communication skills, both written and verbal

Computer proficiency for 3D CAD and general office software

Exceptional knowledge of products, components and processes

High degree of technical knowledge

Molding experience a plus

Special Requirements:

Spends considerable time on shop floor

Travel required

Flexible offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

  • Medical / Dental / Vision plans from day one
  • Group Paid Life Insurance
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Vacation Pay
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • 401K
  • Employee Discount Programs


Except where prohibited by state law all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.

We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.

Must be authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship now or in the future.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified protected veterans and qualified individuals on the basis of disability, and require affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment q3ualified protected veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities.”