National Occupational Standard for Research Project Manager in Agri-Bio

Definition of occupation

The Research Project Manager in Agri-biotech supports research teams by facilitating all administrative aspects of research projects. This involves the development and communication of 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, overseeing contractor performance to milestones and contract objectives, connecting the teams with the right human resources for the project, and ensuring compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and regulatory and legal requirements. Although not necessarily involved in the day-to-day research activities, this position is generally held by a senior research scientist managing multiple research projects.

The Research Project Manager develops and maintains a full overview of the project, including technical, financial, and business aspects, and therefore interfaces with many parts of the organization. The individual in this role assists in the preparation and management of strategic and operating plans, budgets, and forecasts, as well as general departmental logistics and administration.

Another key responsibility for this position is to identify problems in programs using tools like critical path analysis, working with key staff to identify remedies. Depending on the size of the organization, the Research Project Manager may be responsible for the management of the research team involved in the research and field trials.

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