The role of an R&D Engineer is key within life sciences. The pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors are dependent on innovation and progress and R&D is an essential component of that. However, as R&D is essential in many business sectors it is unsurprising that there is huge competition for this talent. The big tech giants (Amazon, Alphabet, Intel) and car manufacturers (Volkswagen, Toyota, Ford) were the highest employers of tech talent in 2018. This was closely followed by life sciences (Merck, Sanofi, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis). Why is this? Fundamentally R&D allows companies to stay ahead of the competition.
R&D Engineers develop new products, redesign current products as well as manage the testing processes.
To be successful in this role, you will need to be comfortable working across multiple teams. You will be involved with marketing, other engineers and manufacturers. Additionally, you will often be required to take leadership of projects in development. This will mean that you will have to manage team members to ensure that everyone moves forward together, on time and deliver what needs to be completed on budget.
In this role, you will be responsible for developing and improving a variety of production processes. The role requires a variety of technical engineering skills ranging from mechanical designs, manufacturing automation systems integration and process controls.
Research and Development Engineers in Ireland with 1-4 years of experience can expect to earn €40,384. Those with 5-9 years of experience can expect to earn in excess of €45,000. The expected salary will increase commensurate with experience. An experienced R&D Engineer with 10-19 years of experience can expect to earn in excess of €63,87.
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