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Principal Technical Program Manager



IT, Operations
Orlando, FL, USA
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2023
Luminar is a global automotive technology company ushering in a new era of vehicle safety and autonomy. For the past decade, Luminar has built an advanced hardware and software/AI platform to enable its more than 50 industry partners, including the majority of global automotive OEMs. From consumer vehicle programs with Volvo Cars and Mercedes-Benz to technology partnerships including NVIDIA and Mobileye, Luminar is poised to be the first automotive technology company to enable next-generation safety and autonomous capabilities for global production vehicles. For more information please visit www.luminartech.com.

Team Overview

The Chief Engineer will be a key leader of the product development team focused on developing and launching lidar systems. You will be the overall technical leader and decision-maker within the project responsible for the engineering planning, execution, and delivery. Additionally, you will act as an engineering interface for internal stakeholders while managing the cross-functional development team. You will leverage or lead Luminar’s platform design to establish/improve the customer relationship in addition to promoting advanced technologies and new business opportunities.


  • Lead the cross-functional engineering team for project execution.
  • Interface as technical project responsible person directly w/ customer as primary escalation path.
  • Moderate technical discussions while analyzing trade-offs to drive technical decisions.
  • Define and control technical project scope according to internal/customer requirements. Responsible for engineering change management within the project including technical decision making and cost/recovery management.
  • Lead technical risk management and mitigation activities.
  • Coordinate Simultaneous Engineering activities with Operations and Manufacturing to meet Operations goals and Design For Manufacturability (DFM) expectations.
  • Report project progress to internal/external stakeholders and support management reviews.
  • Promote positive employee morale within the project by mentoring/empowering employee(s) and facilitating development plans together with direct supervisor.
  • Operate independently to drive key initiatives for the business.
  • Ensure on-time / on-quality project delivery.
  • Provide customer technical vision to Luminar’s platform and product roadmap

Minimum Qualifications

  • 10+ year experience in electronic product development and launch
  • Automotive OEM or Tier 1 technical experience on ADAS/AD Sensors (Camera, Radar, LiDAR)
  • Recognized technical expertise on electronics, embedded software, electro mechanics, or optics
  • Ability to lead technical discussions with customers and collaborate in team environments
  • STEM degree including but not limited to engineering, computer science, or a related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • System engineering background
  • International global team management experience
  • IATF, ISO26262, Cyber Security, ASPICE

Luminar is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, service in the military, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. We will make a reasonable accommodation for any qualified applicant with a disability, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation and that the accommodation would not impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. Please let us know if you believe you require reasonable accommodation, or if you would like assistance to complete an application or to participate in an interview at the company.

At Luminar, your base pay is one part of your total compensation package. This role pays a base between $140,000 and $215,000 per year. Within this range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. You will also be eligible to receive other benefits including: equity in the form of restricted stock unit awards, comprehensive medical and dental coverage, 401k plan, life and disability benefits, flexible time off, paid parental leave, and tuition reimbursement for formal education related to advancing your career at Luminar. The specific programs and options available to an employee may vary depending on date of hire and schedule type.

*Note that the pay range listed for this position is a good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible base compensation at the time of posting.