Luminar Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAZR) is transforming automotive safety and autonomy by delivering the only lidar and associated software that meets the industry’s stringent performance, safety, and economic requirements. Luminar has rapidly gained over 50 industry partners, including a majority of the top global automotive OEMs. In 2020, Luminar signed the industry’s first production deal for autonomous consumer vehicles with Volvo Cars, which now expects to make Luminar’s technology part of the standard safety package on their next generation electric SUV. Additional customer wins include SAIC, Daimler Truck AG, Intel’s Mobileye, and Airbus UpNext. Founded in 2012, Luminar employs approximately 400 with offices in Palo Alto, Orlando, Colorado Springs, Detroit, and Munich.

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Luminar Technologies is seeking a technically hands-on Global Director - Security Engineering reporting to the Head of Global Security, who can build, monitor and enforce the information security strategy, standards and processes for the organization to protect business data, intellectual property and privacy for a public company. The focus of this role is to lead and build the maturity of the Company’s Product and Advanced Manufacturing Security teams. The ideal candidate should have extensive experience in software development, product engineering, and designing programs which protect information from threats, ensuring business continuity and regulatory compliance by collaboratively working across the different functions in the organization. 


  • Develops and implements security strategy for Luminar products. Advises executive leadership on a Product, Software, and Advanced Manufacturing security vision that is aligned to organizational priorities and facilitates the organization's business objectives
  • Provides strategic and tactical security guidance for all Product Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing projects, including the evaluation, recommendation, and implementation of technical solutions & controls
  • Leader and key technical security advisor of cross-functional teams focused on Software, Data, AI (advanced perception), Operational Technology (OT), Product (LiDAR and associated systems), and Advanced Manufacturing (LiDAR sensor systems, components, advanced microchips, etc)
  • Lead, manage, and build a small team of product security specialists and security engineers who effectively partner with business and Engineering teams to secure, enable, and accelerate Luminar’s and Luminar Semiconductor’s Product, Software, Perception, and manufacturing strategies
  • Develop, socialize, implement, and support a multi year technical roadmap of products and architectural approaches to secure our hardware, OT, software, and data products
  • Ensure that Luminar’s products, processes, and facilities meet or exceed relevant customer, industry, and regulatory security standards and requirements; manage documentation and responses to associated inquiries in partnership with Legal and business teams
  • Work closely with Product Engineering, Software Engineering, Manufacturing, physical security, Cybersecurity, and external partners to ensure alignment and effective end-to-end protective posture for Luminar’s products, labs, testing and manufacturing facilities
  • Build, and deploy, in partnership with the Security Operations team, a unified comprehensive protective framework and toolset for physical/logical access management and security event & incident visibility - ensuring “always on” monitoring and controls for critical data, processes, and systems
  • Design, deploy, and manage security testing, vulnerability management, and threat modeling programs for Product Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, and Luminar Semiconductor (LSI)
  • Build and manage a DevSecOps program fully integrated into the Product & Software Engineering lifecycles
  • Act as focal point and primary security advisor for all factory, lab, and testing facility upgrade and integration projects
  • Develops information protection policies for their designated program areas. Acts as a key advisor for legal matters of policy violations and managing security events and assists with legal matters associated with such violations as necessary
  • Develop and maintain Product Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Security Incident Response Playbooks. Perform annual table-top exercises integrating critical functions across the organization as part of the Business Resiliency team 
  • Acts as a Focal point for all Product Engineering, Software, and Advanced Manufacturing security audits (internal & external). Coordinates with auditors in the execution of audits in collaboration with the Internal Audit, and GRC teams
  • Lead and manage the Company’s pentesting program
  • Evaluate, test and assist in the selection of manual and/or automated security control solutions that promote safeguarding of assets, including monitoring compliance with approved processes
  • Provides regular reporting on the current status of the Product and Advanced Manufacturing security program to support business outcomes
  • Develops metrics and reporting frameworks to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of the program, facilitate appropriate resource allocation, and increase the maturity of the IT, Facility, and OT security, and review it with stakeholders at the executive level
  • Balance information security activities with business priorities through prioritization of risk management activities
  • Works collaboratively with internal stakeholders and partners to create a comprehensive roadmap and implement in a phased approach to realize the overall roadmap
  • Monitor the external threat environment for emerging threats and advise relevant stakeholders on the appropriate courses of action
  • Manage and conduct threat vulnerability risk assessments
  • Manage full-lifecycle vendor relationships to include: Gap analysis, Requirements, selection, vetting, negotiation, execution, accountability, and termination to meet the highest performance standards and client experience metrics
  • Ability to travel to Luminar offices and partner locations both in the US and internationally as needed


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Computer Science, Engineering, or other related discipline); advanced degree a plus
  • 15+ years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated expert-level knowledge of distributed systems, machine learning, Cloud & hybrid environment design & architecture, enterprise and commercial systems & applications
  • Deep expertise in Microservices, Agile/Scrum, CI/CD builds, DevOps, Infrastructure-as-Code, Test-Driven Development (TDD), DevSecOps, and similar solutions & methodologies
  • Ability to articulate complex technology & risk management concepts to senior executives clearly and accurately portraying real risks and threats to the organization
  • Exposure to Security Governance Standards, Business Continuity Planning, Enterprise Risk Management, Computer Security Incident Response, and Security Compliance Audits
  • Exposure to Platform Security, Data Security, Network Security, Cloud Security, Physical Security, Security Assessment Tools including SAST, DAST, and SCA, Security Monitoring Tools, and Managed Security Services
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technical contractual aspects to associates within and external to IT
  • Ability to consistently execute against tight deadlines with incomplete or ambiguous information in rapidly changing environments as evidenced through documented international experience
  • Documented success building software products & platforms in highly regulated industries (government, healthcare, finance, transportation, etc)
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Valid passport with no restrictions on business travel to Luminar’s areas of operation
  • Travel up to 10% (according to relevant national and international COVID-19 safety guidelines)
  • Native-level professional English fluency required, additional language ability a plus


Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters or other advanced degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Software Development, etc
  • Deep domain expertise and documented success in software & product development - ideally gained as a manager & practitioner building commercial engineering teams & platforms
  • Understanding of Zero Trust concepts and architectures
  • Understanding of Operational Technology (OT) risks & risk management solutions
  • Experience supporting fast moving or startup business organizations
  • Experience in Automotive, Finance, or High-Tech Industry a plus
  • Experience with autonomous vehicles or “connected car” a plus





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