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

Definition of occupation

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

The R&D Director generally reports to a vice president, providing advice and guidance to the executive team in areas such as strategic research focus and the identification and protection of intellectual property. The Director may also make scientific presentations at advisory boards, key scientific meetings, and external committee meetings. When communicating, the Director must be capable of summarizing across a broad range of research studies and presenting complex scientific ideas in a format easily understood by nonscientific personnel.

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