Grab launches R&D centres in Bangalore and Ho Chi Minh City, will add over 800 R&D jobs in 2 years

Yon Heong Tung
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Grab will now have six R&D centres across the world

Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab has today announced the launch of two new R&D centres in Bangalore, India and Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

Prior to this, it had already established four R&D centres in Beijing, Seattle, Singapore and Jakarta.

Grab’s Bangalore R&D centre will be located in Indira Nagar and will house up to 200 engineers. They will focus on developing new payments technologies for its digital payment platform GrabPay.

It will also be hosting a recruitment event in Bangalore between 24 March, 8am and 25 March 6pm. Interested candidates can register for the hiring weekend here.

Engineers in the Vietnam R&D centre will focus on building in-app user experiences tailored for the Vietnamese market.

For its Singapore and Seattle teams, Grab has plans to move them into a bigger space.

Grab Singapore will move into a new office measuring almost 100,000 sq ft space (more than double the size of its current office) in CBD. In Seattle, its new office will be located in Columbia Center, 6,500 sq ft bigger than its current space.

Grab also announced it will be adding over 800 R&D jobs in the next two years across its six R&D centres.

“Southeast Asia is developing at a breakneck pace and we have an unprecedented opportunity to deliver a platform that caters to the region’s mobile-first environment and infrastructural needs. Addressing such challenges requires a combination of deep local understanding and best-in-class engineering,” said Tan Hooi Ling, co-founder, Grab, in an official press statement.

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“Our philosophy is to develop our highly localised products in the countries where our consumers live, while tapping into the best specialised tech talent around the world to enhance the user experience and efficiency and effectiveness of our platform,” she added.

The engineers and scientists at Grab’s R&D centres focus on building key technologies such as machine learning, predictive data analytics, mobile-first technology, and consumer-focused user experience to bolster Grab’s positioning.

“Grab has an agile and entrepreneurial work culture, and our engineers are working on new products at the forefront of global transportation and payments. We welcome talented engineers looking to be a part of a customer-focused company and apply top-tier skills to complex, real-world issue,” said Tan.

Image Credit: Grab

 

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