Research & Development Lead Engineer

Research & Development Lead Engineer

Job Title: Research & Development Lead Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Hastings, East Sussex
Salary: £46400 - £58000 per annum
Reference: T2KL/1373988
Contact Name: Sammons Group
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 21, 2018 02:06

Job Description

Purpose of Position:

The Internal Research & Development (IR&D) Lead Engineer is accountable for the delivery of the IR&D programme to meet the evolving business need. The successful candidate will be required to plan, lead and influence the multi-disciplinary IR&D engineering activities, in order to achieve the required business outcomes in an agile and effective manner. This role would suit a high calibre engineer with a desire to progress into an engineering leadership role, while developing their engineering capability. Applicants need to have understanding and experience of Agile development methods.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Successfully lead the IR&D projects to achieve cost, schedule and quality targets
  • Contribute towards the IR&D engineering activities in their area of expertise
  • Monitor team progress and proactively address emerging issues
  • Leadership/management of the multi-disciplinary IR&D team
  • Prepare and present monthly and quarterly status updates on progress in Microsoft PowerPoint, to internal and external stakeholders
  • Coordinate activities in support of future IR&D planning

Domain Knowledge:

  • Strong understanding and experience of the full engineering development lifecycle, with breadth spanning Hardware, Firmware, Software and Mechanical development as well as the supporting disciplines of Safety, Security, Support and Training.

Leadership/Management Skills:

  • Demonstrable experience of planning, leading and implementing development projects
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • High levels of personal motivation, integrity and professionalism
  • Flexibility, commitment to delivery, and innovation
  • Be proactive and responsive in a dynamic work environment
  • Understanding and experience of Agile development methods


  • Demonstrable experience relevant to the knowledge and skills defined above
  • Hold, or be capable of holding appropriate Security Clearance
  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience
  • Professional registration as a Chartered Engineer would be desirable

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