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Research and development managers lead teams of scientists, engineers and technical staff to create new products and improve existing ones.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £25,000 to £65,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need a degree or postgraduate qualification and several years’ relevant experience, for example in engineering, chemistry or medicine.

You’ll also need to understand research methods, data analysis and development processes.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to solve problems
  • leadership and motivational skills
  • project management skills
  • communications skills
  • IT skills

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £25,000 to £32,000

Experienced: £34,000 to £50,000

Highly Experienced: £55,000 to £65,000 or more

You may receive a bonus and profit share on top of your basic salary.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week.

You could be based in a factory, laboratory or a university. There may be some travel to meetings and conferences, and this could be overseas.

6. Career path and progression

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.

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Last updated: 13 September 2018