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Venture Team Lead Job

DATE: Aug 8, 2022

LOCATION: Remote, Remote, United States

Company: Armstrong World Industries

​Primary location: Remote
Relocation offered: No 

Salary range: $95,000-$175,000 (based on years of experience and range of skills; salary may be adjusted based on geographic location) 
Employment status: Full-Time 
Travel: 15% 
Non-compete: No 

Location: Work from home position


Ready to bring your whole self, the sparkly, driven, unique, imperfect and wonderful parts of you to a team that is striving to do the same? Seeking an opportunity where your perspective matters and you are empowered to care about the perspectives of your fellow teammates? Are you excited by the opportunity to find, then solve real problems with beautiful, impactful and relevant commercial solutions? Good, because we’re looking for you to join us in the capacity of Venture Team Lead!


The Venture Team Lead is responsible to guide Arktura Ventures Innovation Projects from inception to launch. Using both broad experience and a diverse background in innovation and entrepreneurship, this role ensures delivery of a strong pipeline of impactful opportunities and solutions for creative products, technologies and business models. The Venture Team Lead serves as a player‐coach and directly leads projects in the portfolio, leveraging a small core team of dedicated Venture Specialists and external resources.



Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Owns the planning phase through to execution/ early stand‐up of a new venture project from inception to launch.
  • Serve as a voice to clarify the expectations of customers on new problems and solutions. Using human centered design principles, the Lead will prepare/ conduct primary user research, present target user personas, market sizing, journey maps to identify and prioritize user pains, unmet market needs and design principles.
  • Uses empathy as an excavation tool, to divine the problem beneath the problem; facilitate ideation with creativity and courage to uncover best possible range of solutions against user pains/ market needs.
  • Ability to create and test prototypes, MVPs, launch beta pilots and proofs of concept development as a means to test, learn and validate or pivot to arrive at most viable products and business models for commercialization.
  • Own the development of GTM strategy, exploring multiple launch paths and exit opportunities.
  • Recruit, manage, and mentor members of the core project team, creating a high performance, innovative, collaborative, continuous learning culture.
  • Lead will drive quality deliverables for the work and embrace data driven decision‐making and diverse of perspectives to get there.
  • Alongside project work, Lead will maintain user centricity and objectivity, supporting decisions with proof points & market data from testing cycles.
  • Creates compelling presentations and storytelling, particularly around key decisions, stage gate reviews and major milestones.
  • Support best practices by scouting and implementing market research methods for novel ideas, methods and insights. Lead will promote open innovation through the introduction of new tools and processes that encourage creative thinking. Lead is willing/ able to invent new tools when the existing tools don’t fit.
  • Build/ maintain relationships internally and externally that help facilitate rapid, scrappy experimentation by “borrowing” smarts, resources, or permission from others.
  • Identifies and daylights business obstacles throughout solution discovery and development.
  • Occasional travel required.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Coach team members on career development opportunities and strategies
  • Recognize others’ strengths & skill set to plan & assign work
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with multiple stakeholders and cross functional teams; technical, business functional and customers. Comfortable with relationship management related to both stakeholders and a responsible, equitable approach to conflict resolution as necessary. (Let’s face it, ‘new’ can be hard and sometimes the team won’t all agree. Let’s handle this well.)
  • Skilled at managing people and contributing to company culture, from performance management to professional development.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and project management skill


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Empathetic, tenacious, resilient, non‐conforming servant leader who uses humor and vision to help shape a better world. Someone who wants to bring others along for the ride and is willing to both learn and teach.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to build and execute innovative products, combined with tactical ability to execute simultaneously against multiple competing priorities
  • Strong project management skills. Must be able to provide structure, be proactive, navigate ambiguity, be flexible to change, manage stakeholders, hold others accountable and create appropriate professional collateral (e.g., decks, white papers, design briefs, project plans, etc.)
  • Leading cross functional teams and extracting the best from each team member, ability to leverage change management best practices to mitigate resistance, Track record of taking action “getting things done”.
  • Exceptional communication, active listening, critical thinking, and presentation skills
  • Passionate about solving the right problems, by leveraging the right questions, enjoys learning about people, following trends, attending events, etc.
  • Ability to work and manage projects independently. Ability to work without supervision. Feels comfortable with broad latitude for decision making.
  • Experience working with teams comprised of a variety of skills (customer development, experience design, software development, marketing, project management, education, technical operations)
  • Ability to apply broad/ diverse expertise or unique knowledge and professional concepts to develop resolutions to critical issues.
  • Ability to network with key contacts outside their own area of expertise and create formal networks with key decision makers.
  • Self‐aware, possesses a learner’s growth mindset. Continuously seeks and provides feedback, open to new perspectives and remains coachable.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office packages and sufficient knowledge of business communication tools.


Education, Training and Experience:

  • 5+ years of experience listed above, with an additional 5+ years in a product or project leadership role preferred with oversight of multiple concurrent initiatives and teams of direct and indirect reports
  • Or 10+ years of working experience an innovation role – at an innovation consulting firm, a design firm and/or within a corporate innovation team
  • Prior experience working in Startup/ Incubator environment, Product Teams, Digital Agencies (Design Think/Agile), Corporate Innovation, and/or Strategy Consulting preferred
  • Track record of building/launching new products, businesses or teams/divisions. Demonstrate ownership of complex projects or work from inception to delivery.
  • Bachelor's degree in Design, Business, Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, Architecture or equivalent
  • We’re open to non‐linear and non‐traditional career paths as well, if you have a compelling series of experiences that you think apply to this type of role, we’d love to hear it!


By joining us, you'll have the opportunity to make the most of your potential. Alongside a competitive remuneration package, you will receive:

  • A benefits package including medical, dental, prescription drug, life insurance, 401k match, long term disability coverage, vacation and sick time.
  • Personal development to grow your career with us based on your strengths and interests.
  • A predominantly work‐from‐home working experience. We intend to gather several times each year for the events and ideation sprints that require it, but we value work‐life balance and have been successful in a remote capacity thus far.
  • A working culture that balances individual achievement with teamwork and collaboration. We draw on each other's strengths and allow for different work styles to build engagement and satisfaction to deliver results.


About Arktura Ventures:
At Arktura Ventures we believe in a built environment that is both responsible and intelligent; we seek to empower ideas and teams that believe it is imperative to think big, work smart and act now. 


Born from Armstrong World Industries and Arktura, Arktura Ventures was founded to develop novel materials, products, and technologies within and for the built environment. Driven by a future‐minded team and powered by over 160 years of customer confidence, Arktura Ventures operates at the intersection of intuition and experience. 


While the depth of our curiosity leads us into areas of white‐space development, our guts tell us viscerally that our innovations must be impact‐focused. Most importantly, we recognize that the where and the what are only possible through people ‐it is the unconventional and collaborative make‐up of our teams that will allow us to succeed within these spaces. We’re building Arktura Ventures to be a place where interesting people and interesting ideas collide. We believe that through these collisions, the world can be a better place and that it is our responsibility to help lead that change.

Are you ready to join the team?

Our Commitment:
Arktura Ventures is committed to engaging a diverse, purpose‐driven workforce. As part of our dedication to diversity, Arktura Ventures and AWI is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard for race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.

We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at by email at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be evaluated on a case‐by‐case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

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