National Occupational Standard for Research Manager in Biomedical Devices

Definition of occupation

The Research Manager in Bio-Medical Devices oversees and facilitates the work of interdisciplinary research and development (R&D) teams, ensuring devices are designed, engineered, and developed on schedule and within budget. This involves the development and communication of project timelines and budgets, tracking timelines and budgets against performance measures, securing the application for research ethics, liaising with external contractors on technical matters, communicating and reporting project performance results to the director or senior management team, overseeing contractor performance to milestones and contract objectives, and ensuring compliance with standard operating procedures, engineering specifications, and legal and regulatory requirements.

The Research Manager develops and maintains a full overview of the projects, including technical, financial, and business aspects, and therefore interfaces with many parts of the organization. The Research Manager assists in the preparation and management of strategic and operating plans, budgets, and forecasts related to the organization’s R&D program.

Although not necessarily involved in the day-to-day R&D activities, this position is generally held by a senior engineer who provides technical expertise and management oversight to multiple research projects. The Research Manager identifies potential project and product problems and works with key staff to identify remedies. Depending on the size of the organization, the Research Manager may be responsible for the management of the R&D team.

A Research Manager may work for a private or government organization, a research center, or an academic institution.

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