Gilman Partners - Innovation Lab Leader

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Innovation Lab Leader

Location:   Cincinnati, OH

Salary:   based on experience

Last Updated:   March 23, 2017


Be part of an innovative, forward thinking organization that is bringing new technologies to many different industries!

Our client is a growing, innovative organization that is designing and engineering technology solutions to the industrial marketplace based in the Northern Cincinnati area.  Their products are tailored to the client’s needs through agile and tailored solutions.  They pride themselves in hiring forward thinking, efficient and fun employees.  The company has an overall attitude of growing together for the company as well as the individual. 


The role of Lead for Innovative Labs is more than just your normal management role. If you are looking for a desk job … don’t bother looking here. You will be expected to be hands on with the team in the lab, shop and field.

The Innovation Labs is the company’s team responsible for developing proof of concept projects to test new technologies, products or business concepts. They work with some of the largest companies in the world to automate their processes and improve the visibility to inventories at the point of work. They do this by making spaces intelligent and Internet connected.

As the Innovation Labs Leader you will lead a team of engineers, analysts and a model shop. You will be responsible for managing project priorities with the Company’s Chief Innovation Officer. You will then use these priorities to help the team execute at speed.

To be successful in this role you will need to have the proven ability to quickly grasp businesses problems, define what needs to be solved and determine the appropriate next steps.   

In addition, you will need to quickly work with the team to identify the shortest path to a prototype within the boundaries created by budget, functional requirements, available technology and time. 

These prototypes will frequently have both software and electro-mechanical aspects.  The Innovation Labs lead will be expected to help the mechanical team work through the challenges they encounter.

Although you do not have to be a programmer, you should be comfortable working with Linux and other tools that don’t have a graphical interface. Coding knowledge/experience will also be beneficial when you work with the software teams so you can speak “developer” to them.  You should also have a strong understanding of networks and ideally the TCP/IP stack.

This role isn’t for an expert in any of these fields but rather the jack-of-all-trades who knows enough about each to ask the right questions of the experts and keep the whole picture in focus. 


The Innovation Labs Leader  will lead the model shop and innovation lab teams in timely execution of builds and creative problem solving relating to early phase products.

  • Guide model shop and innovation lab teams toward best and quickest path to completion
  • Define project requirements and document progress
  • Manage build of early phase products
  • Support proof of concept and small run products in field settings
  • Work cross-functionally with engineering teams to reframe problems and encourage creative problem solving
  • Develop teams and drive toward an agile environment


  • 5 years of related experience
  • At least 2 years of team leadership experience with direct reports
  • Undergraduate degree (preferably technical, but other degrees with strong technical skills can be considered)
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience in and preference for fast-paced, deadline driven work
  • Basic knowledge and experience with hand and power tools
  • Related experiences might include: fabricating robots, automation systems, tradeshow booth design/setup, prototyping, toy development, makerspace/hackathon involvement, or other R&D projects

Bonus skills

  • Experience working as a developer using ruby or python
  • Ability to sketch or previous design training
  • Previous experience working with CAD tools such as SolidWorks
  • Deep understanding of networking and network topology
  • In depth knowledge of the TCP/IP stack
  • Understanding of programing
  • Previous experience building things (furniture, cars, models, home remodeling)
  • Knowledge of AI, deep learning, and neural networks
  • Understanding of robotics and other automation technologies


Julie George