Research and Development Managers

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Research and Development Managers

Research and Development Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate research and development activities within organisations.

Fun facts

  • 2452 Weekly Pay Before Tax
  • 86% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 46% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by research and development managers. A few are listed below:

  • determining, implementing and monitoring research and development strategies, policies and plans
  • developing and implementing research projects, priorities and targets to support commercial and policy developments
  • leading major research projects and coordinating activities of other research workers
  • assessing the benefits and monitoring the costs and effectiveness of research and development activities
  • interpreting results of research projects and recommending associated product and service development innovations
  • providing advice on research and development options available to the organisation
  • monitoring leading-edge developments in relevant disciplines and assessing implications for the organisation
  • may publish results of significant research projects

Specific occupations

  • Research and Development Manager

Kylie Bridger, product development manager

Kylie Bridger works on updating nappy designs for a major company, and one of her innovations has been adopted around the world. She says that doing consumer research is one of the most important and fascinating aspects of her role.