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REQ ID: 37227

JOB TITLE: Research & Development Lead


LOCATION: Shannon, Ireland


Dreaming for tomorrow is about more than ideas and ambitions. We’re already building the next generation of vehicles, using repurposed and brand-new technology and techniques. We’re doing more than dream, we’re creating the future of mobility and automotive for years to come.

As the Research and Development Lead you will be responsible for supporting the local management team with developing and implementing an R&D funding strategy ensuring the business is aligned to appropriate external funding and partnership opportunities.

Interfacing with other key functions, you will act as a core conduit for true cross-functional working across Program Finance, Program Project Management, Product Engineering, Strategy and many other departments across multiple management levels. You will also be the lead relationship manager for all external bodies which this function is required to interface with.



  • Experience working in a technical engineering environment.
  • Understanding of the research and development funding ecosystem at the Local, National, EU and wider International level.
  • Excellent, verbal and written communication skills.
  • You will need to be comfortable presenting at relevant technical and academic conferences and being the organisational representative.
  • Proven relationship building and influencing skills in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Ability to work in a complex, sometimes ambiguous and demanding engineering environment.
  • You will need to be results driven, tenacious and resilient using your enthusiasm to constructively find new ways of working and facilitating change.
  • You are happy working independently and you strive to continuously improve ways of working across the organisation.


  • Devise and implement organisational R&D funding strategies for an organisation of similar scale to JLR.
  • Develop and maintain a robust network and negotiate with local, national groups and agencies.
  • Develop, manage and coordinate funding request submissions and grant applications
  • Assist with the planning and management of budgets, policies and practices across commercial operations.
  • Coach proficiency in grant applications/processes and procedures among peers, engineers and senior management.
  • Proactively develop a pipeline of opportunities for the business to evaluate while working closely with other internal JLR R&D resources based internationally
  • Influence decision making at senior management and executive level in the organisation



  • Experience working in a technical business development role would be beneficial.
  • Experience working in a multinational research and development focused organisation.
  • Broad understanding of the automotive software research and development environment.
  • A passion for the automotive industry, its trends, products and potential future technologies.
  • Experience using SAP/Confluence/Jira


  • Third level degree in a technical/business discipline, ideally in software engineering or similar discipline.
  • Project Management Certification would be desirable but not essential.
  • A postgraduate qualification in technical or business discipline would be a bonus.



Bring all this to the home of premium innovation, and you’ll find the opportunities to further your career with a world-class team, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, membership of a competitive pension plan and private medical cover. All this and more makes Jaguar Land Rover the perfect place to continue your journey.


Jaguar Land Rover is committed to equal opportunity for all.








Jaguar Land Rover has long pushed the boundaries of technology. Now digital innovation lies at the heart of our business – because it is central to our future strategy. We are focused on the development of electric, connected and driverless cars that will reshape the whole industry. Joining us is your chance to help redefine who we are and where awe’re going.

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