Research and Development (R&D) Managers

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.


New workers

New workers start around £28,401. Normal pay is £49,622 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £81,854.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 62,211 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Monitors the standards of scientific and technical research undertaken by the research team.

  • Plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities to the research and development team.

  • Develops research methodology, implements and reports upon research investigations undertaken.

  • Liaises with production departments to investigate and resolve manufacturing problems.

  • Establishes product design and performance objectives in consultation with other business functions.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Clinical Trials

  • Clinical Research

  • Project Management

  • Auditing

  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP)

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Biology

  • Data Analysis

  • Life Sciences

  • Chemistry

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Research

  • Management

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Planning

  • Innovation

  • Detail Oriented

  • Operations

  • Writing

  • Problem Solving

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.