Grab opens new R&D centre; hires 200 engineers in Bangalore


The company has already hired Raghuram Trikutam, as the head of engineering, mobile payments and Ruchika Sharma, as head of human resources.


Grab, the Southeast Asian technology company, just announced the opening of a research and development (R&D) centre, in Bangalore, which will house up to 200 talented engineers. The fresh recruits at the centre will focus on developing new payment technologies for GrabPay, Grab’s digital payments platform. This will deepen financial inclusion and increase access to mobile payments across Southeast Asia.

The company has hired Raghuram Trikutam, the head of engineering, mobile payments and Ruchika Sharma, head of human resources, with more hires being targeted for a hiring weekend on 24 and 25 March in Bangalore.

“Bangalore has established itself as the Silicon Valley of India and one of the global hubs in mobile technology. We are excited to extend our relentless search for global tech talent to this dynamic market,” says Arul Kumaravel, vice president of engineering at Grab.

Talking of the company culture, Kumaravel mentioned that Grab has an agile and entrepreneurial work culture, and its 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-focussed company and apply top-tier skills to complex, real-world issues. Most importantly, Grab believes in leveraging technology to improve people’s lives; our team’s talents are used to develop impactful solutions that enable people across Southeast Asia to benefit from the digital economy every day,” he adds further.

The company also announced that it has opened two new R&D centres, including the one in Bangalore, India, significantly expanding its global R&D capabilities and doubling its number of R&D centres from three to six in the last quarter. In order to keep pace with Grab’s rapid growth, it also announced that it will be adding more than 800 new R&D jobs in the next two years, across Grab’s six R&D centres in Beijing, Bangalore, Jakarta, Vietnam, Singapore and Seattle.

Today, Grab operates in 35 cities across six countries, with over 710,000 drivers in its network.  With over 36 million mobile downloads of the Grab app to date, Grab has 95 per cent market share of third-party taxi-hailing apps and more than 50 per cent market share in private cars in the markets in which it operates.

Raghuram Trikutam says, “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, efficiency and effectiveness of our platform.”

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