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 for 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.


Specializations

Research and Development Manager

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

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