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Johnson & Johnson

Digital Innovation Research Lead

Posted Mar 8, 2023
Job ID: JJJP00014753
39 hrs/week
1 year
Payrate range

Digital Innovation Research Lead

Location: Cork, Ireland (hybrid working)

Duration: 12 months 

Hours: 39

Pay rate range: €32 - €41

Imagine your next project where you will be working in the position of a Digital Innovation Research Lead and have the opportunity to conduct research, collaborate actively with multiple J&J segments and stakeholders and to develop cutting edge technologies.  

roles and responsibilities

You will lead and support innovation projects that align with business needs.

This will involve: 

  • Leading and participating in teams, leveraging our Innovation Engine concepts to evaluate and demonstrate these new and breakthrough technologies while partnering with business and other key functions to establish the overall business benefit that can be achieved. 

  • The candidate will be responsible for developing new collaborative partnerships with internal and external functions to develop frameworks to explore, develop and test new capabilities and solutions.

  • Actively engage with customers and end users to identify problems and implement solutions 

  • Drive and support the enterprise focus areas of Smart Asset Management (including Predictive Maintenance) Adaptive & Predictive Control, Track and Trace, Digital Worker, also including key areas such as Vision Systems, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

  • Participate in the development of the new innovation strategies and develop technology roadmaps in collaboration with internal and external partners and industry bodies with view to driving and supporting ultimate adoption and value realisation

  • Participate in designated projects and programs within the overall systems and new technology readiness programs as appropriate, support concepts to transition from incubation to scale to deployment, ensure the needs of the Supply Chain are addressed and included as part of the development and deployment process.

  • Lead the development and sustain collaborative partnerships and strategic alliances both internally and externally to drive value through innovation.

how to succeed

This role requires an all-round candidate that has strong technical skills in science or engineering within a research and development background with excellent project management skills. 

You will also bring:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science or related fields. Master’s or higher degree is preferred. 

  • Hold a minimum of 5 to 8 years of experience within R&D and/or Technology related roles required

  • Experience with machine learning and computer vision is preferred. 

  • Strong software development skills and proficiency in C/C++ and Python.

  • Experience with TensorFlow, Keras, PyTorch, OpenCV is highly desirable.

  • Ability to work outside their immediate area of comfort, independently  and be able to adapt and learn across a broad spectrum of technical areas. 

  • Experience in computer vision and development of deep learning algorithms. 

  • EDemonstrated knowledge of systems, architectural landscapes and infrastructures and a clear understanding of enterprise systems and processes 

  • Proven experience in new technology development and introduction and new modalities is required.

  • Functional knowledge and experience in systems within Medical Device, Pharmaceuticals or other healthcare regulated sectors is preferred.  

  • Working knowledge of Good Practices (GxP) and Sox requirements and regulations (including document management) are preferred.

  • Previous experience working within a support organisation with a knowledge of functional and matrix areas is required.

  • Showing initiative in innovative approaches to challenges in a fast-paced, changing global environment is required. 

  • Must have strong collaboration and influencing skills to partner effectively at all levels and across multiple groups is required. 

  • Change management and project management skills, as well as business acumen and financial background are required.

  • Strong organisation and prioritisation, relationship development, conflict resolution, and team building skills, with the ability to build partnerships and collaborate both internally and externally is required.

  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal)  is required.

  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems, develop and execute plans to prove out key science and technological concepts is required.

  • Strong grasp of algorithms and data structures is required.

  • Experience with embedded systems development is preferred

  • In depth understanding of machine learning, data mining, multivariate statistical analysis, mathematical modelling and operation research is preferred.


This role offers a very competitive hourly rate. This contract will run for a minimum of 12 months with the likely possibility of an extension.

you are welcome here

Johnson & Johnson is working to create an inclusive environment where diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences are valued and each and every one of our people feels that they belong and can reach their potential. No matter who they are.

application process

We are looking to process the first round of applications within the next 2 working days.

We do not accept applications via email. The pay rate for this role will depend on how you are paid. PAYE, Limited & Umbrella options are available. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

For more than 130 years, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) have been part of our cultural fabric at Johnson & Johnson and woven into how we do business every day. Our commitment to respect the dignity and diversity of all is embedded in our Credo.

We know that the success of our business depends on having the best talent in a workforce that reflects the diverse markets we serve around the world and an inclusive culture that values different perspectives and life experiences. That is why we are working to create an inclusive environment where diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences are valued and each one of our people feels that they belong and can reach their potential. No matter who they are. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Johnson & Johnson means “You Belong”.

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