Research and development manager | Selby College
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Research and development manager

Research and development (R&D) managers lead teams of scientists and engineers to create new products and improve existing ones.

Potential salary

£25,000 to £65,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • active listening skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • recruiting staff
  • assessing staff performance
  • coordinating the team’s work
  • analysing data and presenting results
  • making sure work meets safety standards and other relevant legislation
  • managing budgets
  • reporting to senior managers

You could work at a university, in a laboratory or in a factory.

With experience in industry, you could become a senior project manager or research director.

In higher education, you could become a senior research fellow or professor.

You can get an overview of research and development across different industries from UK Research and Innovation.

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