Job ID: 45848
Date Posted: Sep 14, 2020
Segment: Others (Including Headquarters and R&D )
Business Unit: Hitachi Regional Headquarters
Company Name: Hitachi Europe Ltd.
Profession (Job Category): R&D
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Within Hitachi’s Global Research & Development group we have an exciting new opportunity for a Senior Maintenance Research Engineer/ Maintenance Research Engineer who will be involved with research and innovation activities across several industry sectors. The successful candidate will be highly motivated with a strong expertise in machine-learning, data mining, and information retrieval to design, prototype and demonstrate digital solutions for improvement of maintenance approaches. In return, this role will offer the opportunity to be involved in a variety of different areas covering industries from railways to industrial manufacturing and energy systems.
Company and Business Group Overview
Hitachi is a Company that contributes to society through the development of technology and products that are both superior and original. Hitachi’s Founding Concepts of harmony, trust, honesty, integrity and pioneering spirit have guided Hitachi’s growth into a flourishing, technologically diverse and innovative Company.
The Transportation, Energy & Environment Laboratory (TEEL), is part of the European R&D Centre, located in central London. The TEEL team has a mission to create and validate innovation, primarily in the Rail and Energy sectors, leveraging Hitachi’s technologies and customer co-creation and is also supporting other sectors such as manufacturing. As part of Hitachi’s Global R&D Group, the TEEL team also work and co-create with other European laboratories covering Automotive, Industry, Big Data and Service Design; Hitachi’s other global research centres around the world; and several Technology Innovation research laboratories in Japan.
Main Tasks & Responsibilities
Engage with business unit managers and the front-line maintenance staff to gain understanding of business issues and strategies for operations, service and maintenance.
Identify and shape R&D group involvement and to collaborative overcome the internal barriers to engage and implement R&D group digital solutions.
Develop complex models and end-to-end analytics that drive demonstration of innovation solutions.
Conduct advanced statistical analysis to provide actionable insights, identify trends, and measure performance of new solutions.
Continue the development and future support to existing TEEL maintenance solutions for rail and industry sectors.
Monitor market trends and engage in longer term R&D strategy development and planning.
Prepare and submit patents on the solutions to provide competitive advantage and protect Hitachi’s IP; and, after obtaining appropriate protection, publishing technical results.
Present the results of the research activities within Hitachi R&D as well as in conference and journal publications.
Build and maintain strong connections with colleagues of Hitachi R&D in Japan, including traveling to Japan and other regional offices when required.
Follow and evaluate opportunities to participate in EU research activities and consortia,
Share and discuss the EU trends with Hitachi R&D centres in Japan.
Skills & Experience
The following skills and experience are required:
Strong academic background, Master’s degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or in a related field (such as Computer Science) is essential. A PhD would be preferred.
A minimum of 5 years’ of experience in a maintenance environment is essential and to be supported by experience of asset management policies and maintenance management systems is desirable.
Extensive experience of digital technology (IT and OT) and statistical / data science approaches for digital solutions that support changes in maintenance strategies is essential.
Deep knowledge and application of machine learning, statistics, optimization or related field with demonstrable experience using R, Python, Matlab, Grafana, SQL Server; programming in C, C++, Java and set-up of cloud-based solutions are essential.
Proven experience and capability in designing and setting up minimum viable products and rapid demonstrators, as well as analysing, reporting and discussing the results and conclusions is preferred.
Experience of working in consortiums and partnerships with other companies and customers is desirable.
Strong cultural awareness with the ability to lead small teams and to work and interact with people from various continents and cultural backgrounds is preferred.
Good communication skills, written and presentations are essential, and a second spoken language, preferably European or Japanese, would be desirable.
Brings a high-energy and passionate outlook to the job who can influence and inspire those around them.
Able to build a sense of trust and rapport that creates a comfortable & effective workplace.
Passion for innovation and “can do” attitude.
Company Funded Benefits
Voluntary Benefits (funded by employee) including;