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R&D Project Manager Job

Job Classification:  Remote

We Light the Way!


Acuity Brands (NYSE: AYI) is transforming the lighting industry. We take pride in our 12,000 employees, and they take pride in working with the best in the industry.  Join a team committed to lighting the way to a more brilliant, connected, and productive world.  Individually we are talented, but together we are unstoppable.  


R&D Project Manager


About this role:

The R&D Project Manager offers an amazing opportunity to work with a talented and innovative team to facilitate the creation of next-generation, energy efficient, intelligent control systems for commercial and industrial applications. The ideal candidate will have strong project management skills and experience managing projects which include hardware, firmware, and software for networked electronic devices, using both internal and external resources.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Define and manage project schedules in accordance with a structured product development process framework.
      • Coordinate internal and external resources for all aspects of the system - including hardware, firmware, software, QA, operations, and others - to meet functional, design, and quality requirements.
      • Establish work plans and timelines and utilize daily management to track progress.
      • Ensure schedule adherence and delivery of products per defined specifications and cost targets.
      • Participate in the conceptual design process, to help the team estimate the potential schedule impact of different design options.
      • Manage scope creep and deviations from plan, enacting appropriate countermeasures to mitigate risk.
      • Collaborate with key stakeholders to escalate unresolved issues and risks, and drive key decisions when necessary.
      • Ensure compliance with all necessary company, regulatory, and customer requirements.
  • Work with Product Management team to help evaluate, prioritize, and implement products which will provide a cost competitive, value added advantage relative to the competitive product landscape.
  • Drive compliance with the department’s Agile PDS development process for new products, major line extensions and major cost reductions.
  • Produce and report project/team KPIs and metrics.
  • Maintain and continuously improve our project management templates and tools.
  • Contribute to the preliminary business cases for projects by providing preliminary project and resource estimates, in collaboration with the directors involved.
  • Create a culture of continuous improvement by creating, documenting, and helping to implement business process improvements that increase efficiency, improve quality, and/or reduce costs.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a hardware-oriented Engineering discipline (e.g. electrical, mechanical, or computer), with specialization in management or logistics highly desirable
  • 3+ years of project management experience involving project plan creation, managing project scope, and status reporting
  • PMP preferred, but not required
  • Strong project management, planning, analysis, and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage complex, cross-discipline projects
  • Ability to work effectively across a matrix organization to coordinate resources and schedules
  • Excellent communication, writing, presentation, and conflict resolution skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 applications required (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and MS-Project)
  • Proficiency with SmartSheet and/or PowerBI will be highly desirable


We invite you to apply today to join us as We Light the Way to a Brilliant, Productive, and Connected World!


Please utilize the internal career site to apply if you are a current employee at Acuity Brands. 


We value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regards to race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity or national origin, disability, pregnancy, religion, covered veteran status, protected genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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Accommodation for Applicants with Disabilities:  As an equal opportunity employer, Acuity Brands is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in its application process for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans. If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need an accommodation, you may contact us at (770) 922-9000.  Please clearly indicate what type of accommodation you are requesting and for what requisition. 


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Req ID:  2593

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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