National Occupational Standard for Research and Development Director in Bio-Health

Definition of occupation

The Research & Development (R&D) Director is a lead scientist whose position entails overseeing the design, development, and implementation of research programs, projects, experiments, and/or trials. The R&D Director is likely to be responsible for administrative duties such as budgets, timelines, reporting to funders, and communicating about project updates and achievements, where applicable. An R&D Director may also undertake responsibilities associated with the management of staff, as well as ensuring compliance with protocols, guidelines, standard operating procedures, and other applicable regulations.

The R&D Director reports to a vice president of research and provides advice and guidance to the executive team in areas such as strategic research focus and identifying and protecting intellectual property. The R&D Director may also make scientific presentations at advisory boards, key scientific meetings, and external committee meetings.

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