R&D Engineering Manager

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Date: Jul 9, 2024

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

Company Information:

PACCAR is a Fortune 500 company established in 1905. PACCAR Inc is recognized as a global leader in the commercial vehicle, financial, and customer service fields with internationally recognized brands such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF trucks.  PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.  PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.  Whether you want to design the transportation technology of tomorrow, support the staff functions of a dynamic, international leader, or build our excellent products and services — you can develop the career you desire with PACCAR. Get started!



Kenworth Truck Company:

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company’s dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, and medium duty diesel-electric hybrids. Kenworth is the first truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products.


As our Research Engineering Manager, you will be responsible for identifying and validating new and emerging technologies that will improve the efficiency and performance of company products, manage and maintain R&D development roadmap and align activities with company and corporate long-term goals.  We are looking for someone who can work with a high-performance team to manage the technology and ensure timely delivery of vehicle electrical systems, software and controls.



  • Foster a culture of innovation, ideation, and creativity within the group and within the company.

  • Establish priorities for group’s workload consistent with management and departmental objectives.

  • Apply for and obtain funding including grants to fund relevant research and development activities.

  • Manage active projects to meet current requirements regarding timing, results, budgets, and reporting.

  • Manage the activities of the Research Engineering group on a day-to-day basis

  • Hire and train new engineering personnel.

  • Generate University Senior Capstone project packages, manage student team and liaison between university and company management groups.



  • BSEE or equivalent Engineering Degree required.

  • 10+ years applicable engineering and/or research experience with minimum 2 years’ experience supervising or leading an engineering or technical group required, preferably within PACCAR.

  • Extensive knowledge of electrical system design and automotive electronics required.

  • Mentor Graphics/Capital Harness tools, Vector tools, Simulink and Creo all highly desired.

  • Strong background in designing, developing, and validating embedded automotive technologies

  • Demonstrated understanding of J1939 and heavy truck communication standards.

  • Demonstrated ability to find and evaluate new technologies and ideas.

  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment and manage multiple priorities. 

  • CDL or willingness to obtain CDL

  • Ability to provide group leadership and management of human resource issues.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Master’s degree and PE license preferred.

  • Grant writing experience desired.  



Why work for PACCAR/Kenworth?

  • Global Fortune 500 Company with a wide array of growth and development opportunities 

  • Work alongside experienced goal-oriented colleagues recognized as experts in their fields 

  • Support and/or design the commercial vehicles of the future with a focus on emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous trucks 


As a U.S. PACCAR employee, you have a full range of benefit options including:  

  • 401k with up to a 5% company match  

  • Fully funded pension plan that provides monthly benefits after retirement  

  • Comprehensive paid time off – minimum of 10 paid vacation days (additional days are provided with additional seniority/years of service), 12 paid holidays, and sick time  

  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education  

  • Medical, dental, and vision plans for you and your family  

  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA)  

  • Paid short-and long-term disability programs  

  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance  

  • EAP services include wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more  


Additional Job Board Information 

At PACCAR, we value talent and promote growth and development. We carefully consider numerous compensation factors including your education, training, or experience. The salary range for the R&D Engineering Manager is $110,600 - $173,000 annually. This position is also eligible for a holiday gift. Additionally, this role is eligible for the full range of benefit options listed above. 

PACCAR promotes equal employment opportunities by implementing policies and practices that ensure employees and applicants are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status or other legally protected status. This applies to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, termination, rates of pay, and other conditions of employment. 

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

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