A director of product development is responsible for the formulation and implementation of product development policies and objectives in a company. They must ensure that products align with their company's overall strategy and that consumer satisfaction is achieved. They lead the product development team and also spearhead research for new products, product upgrades, and rebrands.
A director of product development works closely with other professionals in engineering, operations, sales and marketing, finance, and software development in order to realize the company's product objectives. A successful director of product development has software engineering skills, user experience design skills, leadership skills, problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and communication skills.
A director of product development usually works 40 hours a week. This role also involves a bit of traveling to meet with different stakeholders.