R&D Technical Lead Engineer

Minstrell Recruitment Ltd
16 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Description

Engineering R&D Technical Lead– Automation / Manufacturing

Excellent package and development opportunities.

I am currently looking to recruit an R&D Technical Lead to join my client based in Hertfordshire.

The R&D Technical Lead has the responsibility for solve challenging development problems across the clients Automated Warehouse portfolio of engineering projects and building expertise in key technical areas of strategic importance.

Vacancy description

Research & Development Engineer (Technical Lead)

My client is not only the world’s largest online grocery retailer, with first class research and development and leading innovation at its heart, they are building the world’s most advanced end-to-end online shopping and delivery solutions for other companies across the globe..

To achieve this they are building a talented Product Development Team that designs and develops fully automated technical solutions to extremely competitive commercial timescales.

They work with the top consultancies and design houses in Europe – and their desire to achieve exacting standards and push the boundaries of innovation means they are expanding our own capabilities too.


The R&D Technical Lead has the responsibility for solving the most challenging development problems across the portfolio of engineering projects and is required to build expertise in key technical areas of strategic importance to the company.

Roles & Responsibilities

In this position you will be responsible for:

* Keeping abreast of latest technology and processes

* Expanding the company knowledge base through forming partnerships with academic institutions , universities , centres of excellence and expert suppliers

* Vetting and selecting suitable suppliers and partners capable of supporting the delivery of innovative system, technology and processes.

* Managing external suppliers to deliver outsourced work packages

* Providing the management team and project teams with real data to inform technical and ultimately commercial decisions

* Reviewing technical proposals and make recommendations on how to proceed

* Driving innovation and generate intellectual property in technology areas relevant to the business.

* Creating and communicating clear work packs including timeline, stage gates, resource requirements and progress to key stakeholders

* Sharing your expertise with the wider department to grow the stock of knowledge within the business.

Typical activities:

* You will work as a consultants on projects that vary in scale from small proof of concept studies to longer term 12 month technology evaluation projects

* You will be asked to

Build up your expertise in engineering fields that are new to the business

Solve a specific technical issue

Provide data to support a project decision

Provide data to validate a system

Provide technical support for technology evaluation and selection

* You will be required to build expertise in critical areas of technology for the company

* You may be asked to recommend new technologies , processes or systems that should be evaluated or adopted into the portfolio of products and systems

The main place of work is based in Hertfordshire but there may be a requirement to work on the development of projects at other UK and international locations. You may be asked to perform tasks as required by management deemed as a reasonable request.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

* A master’s degree in engineering, physics or science degree

* A strong technical background with a proven track record in complex problem solving and technology evaluation

* Multi skill technical expert

* Experience of any of the following would be an advantage structural analysis , systems engineering , Electrical and Controls engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Safety systems and Ce marking , Robotics, machine vision , motion control , materials science

* Self-motivated, team player, flexible and willing to learn

* Excellent interpersonal skills

* Effective communicator to technical, non-technical and senior management audience

* Able to provide clear and concise documentation to report results and progress

* Passion for investigation and problem solving

* Driven to get into the detail to get the right data

* Project management and organisational skills

Able to define work package content, stage gated programs and resource requirements

Able to deliver work packages to time and resource budgets

Effective stakeholder manager

Willing to travel both in the UK and abroad to attend meetings and conferences

Application Process

If you have the above skills and wish to be considered for this position or find out more details then please submit your CV.

We will endeavour to contact all applicants however if you do not hear from me within two weeks then unfortunately you have been unsuccessful

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