Senior Director, R&D Coherent Module Product Development

Date Posted: 30+ days ago

Job Description

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Lumentum has an opportunity for an experienced Senior Director to lead the Coherent Module Product Development team within the Transmission Business Unit R&D organization.


This experienced individual will lead the coherent module transceiver team within the Telecom Transmission Business Unit. This is a Senior Director level position based in our Paignton, UK site reporting to the Senior Vice President of Coherent R&D.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading engineering teams located in the UK and the US developing next generation, line side coherent transceiver module products for high speed (800Gb/s and beyond) coherent transmission. Applications for these products include datacenter interconnects, metro and long-haul telecom networks. In this role the candidate will be responsible for providing R&D technical leadership and managing program execution from early technology development through new product design and introduction up through to full production release. The candidate will be energetic, innovative and have a successful track record in the above areas. In addition the candidate will have an opportunity to work as part of a world class engineering team and contribute to Lumentum’s success in this growing market.


  • Delivery of new products satisfying the committed quality, performance, cost and schedule that satisfy all of our customer product performance requirements
  • Management and development of a talented, multi-functional product development team based in Paignton, UK and San Jose, USA, including mentorship of key personnel
  • Fostering an agile and innovative culture consistent with Lumentum’s guiding principles.
  • Provide technical leadership in all aspects of the product design
  • Work with program management to define project plans, resources, schedules, milestones, budgets and contingency plans
  • Work closely with associated optical component and chip R&D teams to ensure that these critical elements meet specification, cost and schedule for the module level product
  • Work closely with Global R&D test teams to ensure test hardware and software deliverables meet schedule and are feature compliant
  • Manage compliance to quality assurance processes and recognized best practices
  • Interface with customers, suppliers and other functional teams within Lumentum
  • Engage closely with the Transmission BU Product Line Management and senior leadership team for technology and product roadmap and strategic planning
  • Budget planning & management
  • Travel domestically and internationally when required


  • At least 15 years of product development experience in telecommunications or a closely related industry with at least 8 years management experience
  • A successful track record of developing fiber optic transmission products preferably in the coherent optical transmission space
  • Ability to lead and motivate diverse project and product teams
  • Strong organizational and leadership team development and communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team, is flexible and thrives in a fast-paced, challenging environment.
  • Program management including creation of project plans and definition of capital and expense budgets
  • New product introduction into pilot manufacturing; ramp and release to volume
  • Technical background in one or more of the following areas; coherent optical transceivers, high speed optical components and optical sub-assemblies, WDM transmission hardware
  • International experience with key customers and suppliers

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