Lab Manager (Engineering R&D)

  • Lab
  • Jackson, United States

Lab Manager (Engineering R&D)

Job description


Lab Manager

The Lab Manager position directs all aspects of the Lab Department at SeaLandAire. The Lab Department is made up of a team of highly skilled technicians who are ultimately responsible for the physical fabrication, assembly and testing stages of the R&D process, as well as advising the Engineering Department to ensure ease of manufacture / assembly, quality assurance, testing, and rework or maintenance are factored into the design as early as possible.

The Lab Manager supervises this team of technicians and ensures they are qualified and equipped to complete their assignments, all to the goal of ensuring successful demonstration of SeaLandAire’s prototypes and products.  In addition to hiring, training, conducting regular reviews, and problem resolution, the supervisory responsibilities also include balancing work assignments between team members while simultaneously considering team members’ existing skills and the areas in which they would like to gain new competencies.

The Lab Manager will coordinate with project engineers and project managers to manage Work Order prioritization and assignment, helping to track progress to the overall project goals.  This is essential to ensure SeaLandAire can successfully meet milestones across multiple projects while balancing complex technical and scheduling requirements.

The Lab Manager also helps to establish best practices and works to build commonality in assembly processes and testing strategies across the team.  This person is also expected to proactively establish a vision for improvements to assembly, inspection, and testing processes, including prioritizing improvement and equipment upgrade efforts.  Once these plans have been approved, the Lab Manager would also oversee their implementation and report on progress and effectiveness.

They oversee the quality assurance program, equipment, and supplies for the department. They manage the scheduling of personnel, tools, equipment and floor plan/work area.  It is expected that the work area would be managed according to lean principles.  Ultimately, the position is expected to make sure SeaLandAire’s prototyping and production tasks are completed on time with the highest quality.



  • Proficiency with computer programs including Word, Excel
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with all levels of the organization, both verbally and in writing
  • Strong attention to detail and highly structured organization skills
  • Understands the principles and operation of common test and inspection equipment
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to manage multiple direct reports and grow their capabilities through training and coaching
  • Understanding fundamental manufacturing and process engineering principles including process flow design, time studies, and lean manufacturing (such as 5S)
  • Ability to use the skills listed above in combination to quickly recognize, diagnose and solve problems and proactively offer recommended improvements to avoid the issues in the future



Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and at least 6 years’ experience in quality assurance and/or lean manufacturing required. Previous supervisory experience preferred.

NOTE: Since a majority of SeaLandAire's business is funded by the US Department of Defense, applicants must be a "US Person" (US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident).


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear (sometimes in a noisy environment), sit, stand, walk, climb (occasionally), and do repetitive movements with hands.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as a complete list of all job duties performed by persons in the position. 

Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time as the needs of the company and requirements of the job change. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.