R&D Project Manager

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You will join our high-performance team and act as a technical project manager coordinating an experienced Research and Development (R&D) team in a multi-disciplinary New Product Development project within the Automotive Industry.

This role is Hybrid



  • Lead R&D Mechatronic development programs
  • Act as the main technical interface between the client’s R&D team and their end customer
  • Liaise with functional leads to drive project timeline & ensuring R&D Mechatronic planning is in place to ensure project milestones are met.  
  • Ensure project risks are understood, communicated appropriately, and mitigated in a timely and effective manner.
  • Liaise with functional managers to compile R&D costs for resource planning, budgeting, and to inform RFI’s / RFQ’s
  • Present project updates to peers, colleagues, and management
  • Support other disciplines outside R&D, eg. Quality, Process Development, Purchasing, etc in bringing the project to Start of Production (SOP)



  • Relevant third level qualification or equivalent work experience


  • Project Management qualification
  • Management qualification or relevant years of experience

Essential skills

  • Excellent client-facing skills
  • Strong technical skills and numeracy
  • Problem-solving skills - a bold thinker and doer, matching an innovative approach with logic and vigilance
  • People management skills - introducing and building ways in which people can learn from each other, encouraging mentoring and the transfer of knowledge by designing and delivering learning interventions
  • Teamwork and emotional intelligence
  • Good self-management – continuous performance is both an objective and a mind-set
  • High value on openness and transparency


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in R&D project management in multidisciplinary teams operating in a regulated environment such as automotive, medical devices or other similar
  • Experience dealing with customers, and communicating customer interactions to management
  • Must have strong background in one or more of; Electronic Hardware Design, Mechanical Design, or Software Development
  • Must have an excellent track record managing multi-disciplinary projects in a high-volume industrial environment
  • Must have a proven track record in bringing projects in on time and on budget.
  • Extensive experience in planning of projects and use of planning tools such as MS project or similar
  • Experience working with regulated products, ideally in Design Validation (DV) and Process Validation (PV) for the Automotive sector
  • Knowledge of engineering drawings & drawing control is desirable but not essential
  • Knowledge of CAD software such as Catia/Solidworks is desirable but not essential


At Expleo, we are committed to providing a competitive salary and a substantial benefits offering with unique wellbeing, financial and employee recognition programmes.

We pride ourselves on our diverse and inclusive culture and offer a variety of family friendly policies and enhanced leave to help our you achieve a healthy work life balance.

By providing significant learning and development opportunities, we encourage individual growth and success throughout your career with us.

  • Collaborative working environment – we stand shoulder to shoulder with our clients and ours peers through good times and challenges
  • We empower all passionate technology loving professionals by allowing them to expand their skills and take part in inspiring projects
  • Expleo Academy - enables you to acquire and develop the right skills by delivering a suite of accredited training courses
  • Competitive company benefits such as medical and dental insurance, pension, life assurance, employee wellbeing programme, sports and social events, birthday hampers and much more!
  • Always working as one team, our people are not afraid to think big and question the status quo.


“We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age”.


At Expleo, we understand that many people experience impostor syndrome throughout their lifetime, please do not let this discourage you from applying for this role. Our Talent Acquisition Team welcomes all CV’s and will consider your application in line with the values, requirements and role competencies.




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