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Research Lead Senior Manager

Job Location: Dublin

Regional Description: Ireland

Job Number: 00664223


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Accenture Labs 

Research Lead Senior Manager

The Dock - Dublin


About Accenture Labs and The Dock

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 373,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. The Dock is a multidisciplinary research and incubation hub, leading the global innovation programme at Accenture.


This is a unique opportunity to play a key role on the new and growing team at Accenture Labs in Dublin - a recently opened location in Labs' network of over 200 applied R&D experts at seven locations worldwide. The Dublin Labs team focuses on artificial intelligence technologies. Our passion is imagining and demonstrating the possibilities created by cutting edge AI technologies. Not only will you join the energetic Dublin team and the global Labs network (with a heritage of three decades at the forefront of innovation), but this Lab is also co-located with the over 100 designers, developers and domain experts at The Dock, Accenture's newly-created global centre for innovation - an incredible place to work. For more information about Accenture Tech Labs, visit


How we work

We collaborate with partners in the academic, start-up and technology eco-systems. We build cool, new systems to put our ideas to the test. We see our concepts soar to find uses across the many industries Accenture supports (healthcare, manufacturing, retail, travel and numerous others) . Are you ready to join us and help imagine how technologies like machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing and knowledge representation and reasoning systems can enhance the work and lives of millions?



We seek an experienced, well-rounded researcher with a background in areas related to Machine Learning, Knowledge Graphs and NLP, a passion for thinking about how people interact with machines and a point of view on enabling true Human- Machine collaboration through technology and design.

Researchers in our lab are called upon to:

  • Track a broad range of emerging technologies that are poised to transform the human-machine interface and become deep experts in some of these.
  • Dive deeply into application areas that are relevant to Accenture and clients, to understand where the most critical challenges, and most promising opportunities lie. 
  • Envision, prototype, and pilot new solutions to these challenges by applying deep skills in HCI and related paradigms.


The primary purpose of our applied research is to address important business problems by transforming the way people interact with technology in various facets of their lives including: the way connected workers team with machines on the job; the way retail customers experience a digitally-enhanced buying experience; and the way smart products can improve the way consumers live.  In these contexts, we explore the impact of extended reality, crowdsourcing, physical and virtual robots, and more.    



With this in mind, Researchers at the Senior Principal level must be able to:

  • Define and lead new research projects within the research group’s overall agenda.
  • Help shape and build on ideas provided by group leads and stakeholders, and produce high quality deliverables.
  • Manage and execute projects through some combination of prototype development, empirical research, thought leadership.

Our researchers participate in collaborative research between academia and industry and integrate resulting approaches into our projects.  As such, researchers are expected to:

  • Actively participate in their technology community by building relationships and serving as a technology expert when working with clients or client teams.
  • Actively participate and serve in the research community (e.g., conferences, consortiums, workshops) and build university relationships.
  • Explore and apply for research grants from internal (Accenture partners and clients) and external funding organizations 


Key Responsibilities:

Influence and Execute R&D Agenda

  • Lead research projects agreed upon with R&D group leads, participating in both their conception and technical development.
  • Supervise and mentor more junior researchers and research engineers to successfully complete their responsibilities and assist with career progression
  • Lead development of prototypes –  including design, development and testing
  • Help lead pioneering engagements of their research, based on clients’ needs and drive toward successful deployment in the clients’ IT environment
  • Continuously learn new technology areas that are mission-aligned to the R&D group

Act as Subject Matter Expert in area of expertise

  • Participate in projects as a representative within a functional, technical or industry area of expertise
  • Discuss issues or trends within area of expertise to raise client and/or Accenture awareness
  • Act as a contributor in medium critical situations, either internally for Accenture or at client engagement(s) pertaining to a functional, technical or business area of expertise

Contribute to assets/offerings and thought leadership

  • Shape and lead development of internal and external thought leadership, both more and less formal, targeted for various audiences.
  • Publish and present research papers in top tier conferences, workshops and journals
  • Serve as reviewer, technical program community, and/or panelist in conferences and workshops

Enhance Accenture’s marketplace reputation

  • Work confidently with internal networks and other thought leaders formers on key relevant issues.
  • Demonstrate expertise internally (e.g. presentations to internal audiences, participates in community of practice, etc.)
  • Build deep relationships with teams in partner organizations
  • Build deep relationships with researchers from academia and other research labs
  • Actively contribute to the technology community and establish external reputation as expert.

Basic Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in Computer Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or a related scientific field
  • 4+ years of experience managing research/advanced R&D related to human-computer interaction (HCI)
  • 5+ years of experience creating prototypes that apply and test new ideas related to HCI


Preferred Skills 


  • 3+ years of experience using 2 or more programming languages, such as C#, Python, Java, Scala, .NET, etc
  • Experience with Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Knowledge graphs,  Natural Language Processing


Professional Skills


·         Proven ability to create a project plan and execute against it

·         Proven ability to motivate, lead a high performance team

·         Proven ability to build, manage and foster a team-oriented environment \

·         Proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment

·         Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills

·         Excellent leadership and management skills

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