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Managers in this unit group plan, organise, co-ordinate and manage resources to undertake the systematic investigation necessary for the development of new, or to enhance the performance of existing, products and services.


  • Establishes product design and performance objectives in consultation with other business functions
  • Liaises with production departments to investigate and resolve manufacturing problems
  • Develops research methodology, implements and reports upon research investigations undertaken
  • Plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities to the research and development team
  • Monitors the standards of scientific and technical research undertaken by the research team.

Entry Requirements

Entrants usually possess a relevant degree or equivalent qualification. Training is usually provided on-the-job, although support may be provided for postgraduate study. Professional qualifications are available.

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What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to be around

£51,000 per annum

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 4,438 employed Research & Development Managers in the region.

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