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R&D Project Manager

Advanced Navigation

Advanced Navigation

Sydney, Australia
Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Advanced Navigation is the world’s most determined innovator in AI robotics and navigation technologies across land, air, sea and space applications. Founded on a culture of research and discovery, Advanced Navigation's mission is to be the catalyst of the autonomy revolution. Fields of expertise include artificial intelligence, underwater sonar, GNSS, radio frequency systems, inertial sensors, robotics, quantum sensors and photonics. Today, Advanced Navigation is a supplier to some of the world's largest companies, including Airbus, Boeing, Google, Tesla, NASA, Apple, and General Motors. Discover it for yourself:
Reporting to the Head of INS R&D, the R&D Project Manager is responsible for managing and leading complex projects to deliver new and disruptive technologies to market. This role involves working closely with multi-disciplinary, highly technical teams working on a broad range of cutting-edge technology as well as liaising with customers, research partners and suppliers.
This role is well-suited for a technically-minded, highly organised individual with a passion for technology and project management. Staying close to the technology, you will work closely with the technical design team to help keep them organised, on-track, and focused on delivering project outcomes.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Lead multidisciplinary project teams with diverse skill sets, including hardware, software and firmware engineering disciplines, including at research partners and suppliers
  • Manage time, cost and scope of R&D projects to ensure their successful completion, including the transition to manufacturing. Projects will focus almost exclusively on the development of new and future product lines
  • Manage stakeholder expectations and hold the team accountable for project goals, especially when working with the Manufacturing and Product teams
  • Track project and team performance against schedules at a regular frequency, ensuring that progress is accurately monitored and visible
  • Regular and concise project progress reporting as appropriate given the phase of the project
  • Help improve and document processes and procedures used by the R&D team in line with standard company policies and procedures
  • Manage engagement and communications with senior management and ensure project alignment with business needs, resources and priorities
  • Create and drive execution of short and long term project plans in alignment with project goals and requirements
  • Identify and manage resource requirements and usage to enable the delivery of concurrent project outcomes
  • Continuously assess project risks and design appropriate mitigation strategies to manage them

Qualification, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor degree, preferably in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)Tertiary qualifications in project management or business administration would be highly regarded
  • 5+ years experience in a role as project manager or similar role
  • Experience delivering complex engineering products to market
  • Experience managing technical engineering teams
  • Experience with software and hardware product development, from concept inception to delivery/sustainment
  • Expert knowledge of project management tools and methodologies
  • Basic systems engineering knowledge is highly desirable
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to understand complex technical concepts quickly
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Nice to have
  • Experience delivering products to market in volumes over 1000 / year
  • Experience managing complex technical projects
  • Commercial experience, e.g. in a customer facing role at a design consultancy
  • Experience in defence or another highly regulated environment
  • Experience with compliance and certification
What are some of the benefits you will have access to?
You'll have access to industry-leading products with diverse applications within some of the most interesting and exciting projects worldwide. We’re growing a team of inspired, smart, and driven individuals from all sorts of backgrounds. With great opportunities for growth and variety, we strive to help each employee carve out the path that’s right for them. Apart from the above you will be doing your life's best work in a large, fun office in central Sydney close to all public transportation.