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We are now hiring an experienced engineering leader who can work closely with the CTO and oversee all our R&D Programs.

The role:

  • You will report directly to the CTO and be based in our custom-built site in Abingdon
  • Our R&D team are a multidisciplinary group of specialists and experts within Optics (design and modelling), Development (fabrication and product optimisation), Mechanical, Systems Engineering (electronics & firmware) Characterisation and Software development
  • We are working on various projects relating to new designs, customer requirements and new research areas in order to bring AR to the mass market
  • As a R&D program manager you will support the CTO with delivery of these programs and make sure the R&D is aligned with the company’s strategy, budget and agreed timelines
  • You will manage and drive all programs within the R&D team, acting as the first point of contact and sounding board for managers/project leaders needing guidance or support in driving their projects forward
  • You will support the CTO with costing and prioritisation of projects in line with the company strategy and also communicate which resources are needed
  • You will be working alongside the customer program team making sure that the R&D programs are aligned to customer needs and business strategy
  • You will deliver new initiatives that are designed for scalability
  • Identify new research areas and liaise with the company IP managers to protect R&D output

What we like to see:

  • A technical background within several disciplines such as Optics, Mechanical, Electronics, Fabrication or Test
  • Can communicate on all technical topics within WaveOptics
  • Previous experience taking a R&D product into production (small volumes will be sufficient)
  • Your able to adapt to short time frames and be happy to be hands on when required
  • Great communication and leadership skills
  • Experience aligning research projects with budget and consider risk and trade offs
  • Previous experience with display technology would be an advantage


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