Lead Research Engineer

Data Analysis and Statistics
Salary Details:
Based on skills/experience + competitive benefits package
About The Role

Do you have a passion for automotive and would like to join an industry leader in the field of automotive research? Perhaps you are a talented automotive engineer or motor insurance professional, excited by an opportunity to play a key role in influencing new regulatory safety frameworks? If so, then we could have just the position for you.

Due to increasing volumes of research projects, we have created a new opportunity for a technically minded individual to join our Insurance Research team on a full time, permanent basis. As Lead Research Engineer, you will be responsible for undertaking investigative research into insurance and vehicle data and draw on vehicle technical understanding and knowledge to generate industry, regulatory and cross industry project insights and outputs.

With research projects having a primary focus on accidentology, biomechanical and vehicle engineering research, the successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of vehicle technology, most likely gained within an engineering research, insurance, or statistical environment.

As a Lead Research Engineer your main responsibilities will involve:

  • Planning, executing, and reporting complex and varied research projects, delivering findings to stakeholders and peers
  • Authoring and supporting the creation of technical reports to communicate research status and outcomes to stakeholders
  • Utilising engineering or subject matter expertise of vehicles and data processed by the data function, to apply insight for our insurer members
  • Continuous improvement of knowledge, methods, and processes to improve research developments and efficiency with the goal of increased research capacity and robustness
  • Record keeping and reporting in support of quality control of research tasks and projects
  • Creating and delivering presentations on claim trends, insurer data, and value modelling to help inform stakeholder strategy

As a Lead Research Engineer your skills and experience will include: 

  • Qualified to degree level in an Engineering or Statistical subject, or equivalent experience
  • A strong understanding of statistics and analysis with experience using statistical and analytical methods for forecasting
  • Background in automotive engineering or significant knowledge of motor vehicles including latest technologies
  • Multi-media research skills
  • Ability to draw out insights from analysis and knowledge sources and articulate it in ways to inform and advise
  • Strong IT skills (MS products, statistical software/code)
  • Technical report writing skills

What we are looking for in you:

You are an excellent communicator with the gravitas to represent the organisation and demonstrate your sound technical understanding, while adapting your style to suit both technical and non-technical audiences. You have a natural ability to integrate into a team, develop and build relationships and have a flexible and creative approach to undertaking projects and overcoming challenges. You have outstanding attention to detail which enables you to consistently deliver robust, high quality outputs even in high-pressured environments.

As an organisation that believes a strong set of Values are key to our organisational success and a sense of belonging for all colleagues, we ask that you understand, represent and apply our Values of fearless, inquisitive, resourceful, supportive and trusted and demonstrate these Values throughout the recruitment and selection process.

Salary: Based on skills/experience + competitive benefits package, including a 10% non-contributory pension scheme

Location: Thatcham, Berkshire (remote working during UK lockdown)

Working Hours: 8.30 - 16.30 Monday - Thursday and 8.30 - 15.45 Fridays

About Thatcham Research

At the cutting edge of automotive research in the UK, Thatcham Research has a unique role in shaping the design of new vehicles and influencing ever higher standards of safety, security and repairability.

With an on-site Crash Laboratory, Repair Technology Centre, Training Academy and Crime Lab, our research expertise is driving some of the very latest automotive developments in technology, materials and standards in this fast moving and highly technical industry.

Thatcham Research is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.

All applicants must have the Right to Work in the UK




Thatcham Research
Colthrop Way, Thatcham
Berks, RG19 4NR, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1635 868855
Website: www.thatcham.org


Company Number: 967763
VAT Number: 199 0313 48
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