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Materials Product Development Team Lead

Company Overview

Luna Labs USA is a leading defense contractor in Central Virginia, and a high throughput innovation engine for the aerospace, defense, and healthcare industries. Our diverse capabilities in materials, biotech, and engineered systems allow us to collaborate to address unique and complex problems faced by our customers. We partner with universities, government labs, and the best companies in the world to explore technological feasibility of new ideas, align technologies with customer needs, and generate solutions. Working with a robust global network of manufacturers, suppliers, licensees, and distributors, Luna Labs develops everything from small-scale prototypes to market-ready products.

Job Summary

The Materials Research Group at Luna Labs is seeking a Product Development Team Lead committed to advancing the development and commercialization of innovative materials-based products for the civilian and military markets. This role will play an integral role in New Product Development by collaborating with R&D and Business Development teams to understand customer needs and achieve technical milestones to satisfy those needs. The Product Development Team Lead will need experience with polymer science/engineering and process- and product-development skills to transfer emerging R&D prototypes to successful commercial exits.

Duties and Major Responsibilities

  • Lead transition of new technologies into product concepts, prototypes, pilot scale production and manufacturing
  • Generate and present product concepts and test results to internal and external end-users and customers
  • Work collaboratively with R&D and Business Development teams to establish timelines and ensure technical and commercialization milestones are met
  • Provide hands-on laboratory support to develop proof-of-concept models and/or prototypes
  • Lead multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers to develop innovative technologies for our customers
  • Define, build, and maintain relationships with key collaboration and commercialization partners

Minimum Qualifications 

  • BS or MS in Engineering or Materials Science
  • 5+ years' experience leading prototype development projects
  • Demonstrated transition of technologies out of the lab into products
  • Technical Expertise in one or more of the following technology areas:
    1. Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, or Elastomers
    2. Nanomaterials
    3. Polymer Composites
  • Experience leading and mentoring a team.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Due to government contracting regulations, U.S. Citizenship is a firm requirement

Benefits Overview

At Luna Labs, the health and overall well-being of our team members are of great importance, therefore we strive to ensure employees have access to benefit resources that support their quality of life. Below are just a few benefits that we are proud to currently provide to our team of talented professionals:  

  • Company paid short and long-term disability
  • Company provided group term life insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan with company match
  • Affordable medical, dental, and/or vision plan options
  • Employer HSA (health savings account) contribution
  • Paid Time Off (PTO), Vacation accrual, and flexible holiday pay