How to become a Research and Development Manager

Research and development managers plan, administer and review the research and development program and activities of an organisation.

Personal requirements of a Research and Development Manager

  • Interested in research
  • able to analyse and collate information
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to manage workload and meet deadlines
  • good organisational skills.

Duties & Tasks of a Research and Development Manager

Research and development managers may perform the following tasks:

  • direct the development of research and development strategies, policies and plans
  • lead major research projects and coordinate the activities of other research workers
  • monitor the costs and assess the benefits of research and development activities
  • interpret the results of research projects and recommend new products or services
  • provide advice on research and development options available to the organisation
  • monitor any developments in the research area and work out how these may affect the organisation
  • publish results of significant research projects.

Working conditions for a Research and Development Manager

Research and development managers usually work indoors in their own organisations. Hours are usually regular, although they may be long when working to deadlines.

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