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    Research & Development Manager

    As the R&D Manager, you are a key support to the COO and the business as a whole; taking overall accountability for the delivery of all technology projects to meet business objectives – both strategic and operational.

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    Role summary

    Through your effective leadership of the R&D Function, Invert Robotics will deliver on it’s Technology Road Map together with providing the necessary products, services and solutions to clients that in turn ensure strategic, operational and commercial objectives are met.

    Your significant strengths in operational leadership and project governance combined with your commercial capability and business savvy will support your activities driving exceptional project delivery on time, on budget and to specification – without fail. This is a business-critical role, facilitating organisation-wide success through your exceptional leadership of projects, programmes and operations.

    Your operational process excellence will allow you to take a continuous business improvement focus across the R&D Function and ensure changing business requirements are managed effectively to achieve objectives.

    Essential Responsibilities

    As a leader within the Operations team, you will provide your direct reports - and your colleagues - with leadership and inspiration. You will lead by example, demonstrating through your behaviour’s professionalism, strong commercial and strategic decision making and an approach of self-responsibility and motivation underlined with a collaborative and company-focused style.

    This role will evolve in accountabilities and scope as the business grows and changes and as such, the R&D Manager will take on additional responsibilities as needed to support the strategic plans of the business.

    This is a significant leadership position and it is expected that the R&D Manager will live the values of Invert Robotics, maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity, display a positive attitude and a team focus and be enquiring and articulate.

    Skills and Experience

    In order to be effective in the position the R&D Manager shall have and be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

    • Extensive experience and capability in in the design and development of technical products or solutions with a preference for this to be in electrical or mechanical products; evidenced by a minimum of 15 years of “hands-on” engineering and team leadership experience in this technical context.
    • Extensive project leadership and governance experience demonstrable through a disciplined and achievement focused approach and a sustained record of technical project delivery on time, on budget and to scope.
    • Extensive experience and success leading technical, engineering teams to achievement of organisation objectives and success evidenced through testimonials and references.
    • Strong financial understanding with budget management experience; evidenced by delivery of projects on budget.
    • Holds a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering or technical discipline – a post graduate qualification is preferred.


    In order to be effective in the position, the R&D Manager shall have and be able to consistently demonstrate the attributes and behaviours described below.

    • Actively demonstrates professionalism throughout the business and the industry and is a credible and trustworthy person who holds the respect and loyalty of all stakeholders.

    • Shows a willingness to take a “hands-on” approach to getting the work done and is comfortable with ambiguity.

    • Takes accountability for actions and areas of responsibility; ensuring objectives are met, decisions are made and actions are undertaken – without fail. Is proactive in resolving roadblocks to success for self and team.

    • Is forward thinking, dynamic and business minded. Is proactive in foreseeing potential risks and issues within area of accountability and resolves problems before they have manifested.

    • Strongly leads by example, provides clear expectations and direction. Understands how to tailor leadership style to motivate and inspire individual and team performance.  Takes accountability and holds team members to account for their areas of responsibility.

    • Is proactive, energetic and positive in all dealings with team members, colleagues and customers.

    • Demonstrates a strong understanding and commitment to the goals and objectives of the organisation, regularly contributes to formulating goals.  Actively works to support the goals and objectives of others in the executive team and the wider business.

    • Strategically plans direction for areas of responsibility.  Captures the strategic intent of key stakeholders or influencers to identify future directions and plans the changes necessary.

    • Makes the insightful, timely decisions in difficult, high complex situations that have broad impact across the company.

    • Champions the ‘quality cause’, sets directions, defines standards and values and embeds continuous improvement inside and outside areas of responsibility.

    • Displays strong commercial acumen.  Analyses key drivers, opportunities and competitive advantages to develop strategies to benefit the business.

    • Strives to keep a constant “eye” on the market through building rapport with key contacts, networking and keeping up to date with market information through research in various media.

    • Is “thirsty for knowledge” and regularly updates knowledge and skill through effective training and education.

    About us

    Our state-of-the-art climbing robots can do what no other inspection method can, especially on non-ferrous surfaces. They provide you with precise, 360-degree diagnostics so that you can detect cracks and defects on your equipment faster. Our advanced sliding suction cup technology enables our robots to stick to most non-magnetic surfaces. The robots’ manoeuvrability means it can inspect from a number of angles; it can even complete its inspection hanging upside down.


    Christchurch, New Zealand

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