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Working As A Research And Development Director

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $122,863

    Average Salary

What Does A Research And Development Director Do

Architectural and engineering managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities in architectural and engineering companies.

Duties

Architectural and engineering managers typically do the following:

  • Make detailed plans for the development of new products and designs
  • Determine staff, training, and equipment needs
  • Propose budgets for projects and programs
  • Hire and supervise staff
  • Lead research and development projects to produce new products, processes, or designs
  • Check the technical accuracy of their staff’s work
  • Ensure the soundness of methods their staff uses
  • Coordinate work with other staff and managers

Architectural and engineering managers use their knowledge of architecture or engineering to oversee a variety of activities. They may direct and coordinate production, operations, quality assurance, testing, or maintenance at manufacturing sites, industrial plants, engineering services firms, and research and development laboratories.

Architectural and engineering managers are responsible for developing the overall concept of a new product or for solving the technical problems that prevent the completion of a project. To accomplish this, they must determine technical goals and produce detailed plans. 

Architectural and engineering managers spend a great deal of time coordinating the activities of their staff with the activities of other staff or organizations. They often confer with other managers, including those in finance, production, and marketing, as well as with contractors and equipment and materials suppliers.

In addition, architectural and engineering managers must know how to prepare budgets, hire staff, and supervise employees. They propose budgets for projects and programs and determine staff, training, and equipment needs. These managers must also hire people and assign them specific parts of each project to carry out. Architectural and engineering managers supervise the work of their employees, set schedules, and create administrative procedures.

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How To Become A Research And Development Director

Architectural and engineering managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree and considerable work experience as an architect or engineer.

Education

Most architectural and engineering managers have at least a bachelor’s degree in an engineering specialty or a professional degree in architecture.

Many also gain business management skills by completing a master’s degree in engineering management (MEM or MsEM) or technology management (MSTM) or a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). Some workers earn their master’s degree before advancing to management positions, and others earn it while they work as a manager. Employers will sometimes pay for such education. Typically, those who prefer to manage in technical areas pursue an MsEM or MSTM and those interested in more general management skills earn an MBA.

Engineering management programs usually include classes in accounting, engineering economics, financial management, industrial and human resources management, and quality control.

Technology management programs typically provide instruction in production and operations management, project management, computer applications, quality control, safety and health issues, statistics, and general management principles.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Managers advance to their positions after years of employment as an architect or engineer. They usually have experience working on difficult or complex projects, developing designs, solving problems, and making decisions. Before moving up to a management position, they also typically gain experience leading engineering teams. 

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Architectural and engineering managers must evaluate information carefully and solve complex problems.

Communication skills. Architectural and engineering managers oversee staff and work together with other levels of management. They must communicate orders effectively and lead teams to meet goals. 

Detail oriented. Architectural and engineering managers must pay attention to detail. Their duties require an understanding of complex systems since a minor error can cause major problems.

Math skills. Architectural and engineering managers use calculus and other advanced mathematics to develop new products and processes.

Organizational skills. Architectural and engineering managers keep track of many workers, schedules, and budgets simultaneously.

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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Director 5.3%
Consultant 4.9%
Manager 3.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 11.3%
Director 8.7%
President 4.3%
Owner 3.7%
Principal 3.5%

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Research And Development Director Demographics

Gender

Male

76.1%

Female

20.2%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Asian

14.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.9%

French

23.7%

German

6.6%

Chinese

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%

Italian

3.9%

Portuguese

3.9%

Mandarin

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Carrier

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Hebrew

1.3%

Romanian

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Dutch

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Danish

1.3%

Bulgarian

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%

Bambara

1.3%
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Research And Development Director Education

Schools

University of Pittsburgh -

7.5%

Northeastern University

7.5%

Purdue University

6.0%

University of Illinois University Administration

5.5%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

5.5%

Stanford University

5.5%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5.5%

Northwestern University

5.0%

Texas A&M University

5.0%

Boston University

5.0%

Syracuse University

4.5%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.5%

University of Florida

4.5%

Brigham Young University

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

Cornell University

4.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.0%

Fashion Institute of Technology

4.0%
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Majors

Business

18.5%

Chemistry

11.5%

Mechanical Engineering

10.2%

Computer Science

8.5%

Electrical Engineering

7.8%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.6%

Biology

4.4%

Chemical Engineering

4.0%

Management

3.6%

Physics

3.4%

Food Science

3.3%

Pharmacy

2.6%

Finance

2.3%

Biomedical Engineering

2.3%

Engineering

2.1%

Mathematics

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

30.8%

Bachelors

26.9%

Doctorate

23.9%

Other

12.8%

Associate

2.5%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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Real Research And Development Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Research and Development Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 02, 2015 $230,000
Director of Research and Development Forty Seven, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 13, 2016 $230,000
Director, Research and Development Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 21, 2016 $224,000 -
$288,000
Director of R&D Technology Center Kerui Petroleum Equipment (America) Corp. Houston, TX Dec 28, 2015 $220,000
Director, Research and Development FEI Company Houston, TX Aug 14, 2014 $212,129
Director of Research and Development Performanceio Incorporated Pasadena, CA Feb 28, 2013 $200,000 -
$250,000
Director, Research and Development FEI Company Houston, TX Sep 24, 2014 $195,000
Director, R&D Strategic Planning and Decision Support Shire Human Genetic Therapies (SHGT) Inc. Lexington, MA Apr 05, 2016 $195,000
DIR, R&D Strategic Planning & Decision Support Shire Human Genetic Therapies Inc. Lexington, MA Sep 01, 2015 $195,000
Research & Development Director First Quality Nonwovens, Inc. Hazle, PA Jan 19, 2013 $192,610
Director of Research and Development IC Realtime, LLC Pompano Beach, FL Oct 01, 2015 $192,000
Director of Research and Development Apixio, Inc. San Mateo, CA Nov 25, 2016 $185,000
Director of Research & Development Americas Barry Callebaut USA, LLC Pennsauken, NJ Sep 01, 2013 $180,000
Director Flyknit R&D NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR May 24, 2014 $147,158
Director of Research and Development Abvitro, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 30, 2015 $145,517
Director of Research and Development PISA Biopharm, Inc. Albany, NY Jan 09, 2016 $145,000
Director, R&D-Medical Supplies Covidien LP Mansfield, MA Sep 22, 2014 $143,890
Director of Research and Development Kryptowire LLC Fairfax, VA Jun 30, 2016 $140,000
Director of R&D and Formulations Reliance Private Label Supplements Edison, NJ Jul 03, 2016 $140,000
Director, R&D Technology Continental Mills, Inc. Tukwila, WA Dec 23, 2016 $140,000 -
$165,000
Director, US Research & Development Trustwave Holdings, Inc. Irvine, CA Jul 15, 2014 $139,110 -
$145,000
R&D Director (Chemist) Benefit Cosmetics, LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 06, 2014 $113,908
R&D Director Teawolf LLC Brookfield, NJ Sep 16, 2016 $111,426 -
$114,000
Director of Research & Development, Chemistry Glycomine, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 12, 2016 $110,000
Director, External R&D Slayback Pharma LLC Princeton, NJ Sep 09, 2014 $110,000
Plant Manager-Research & Development Director Piana Nonwovens LLC Cartersville, GA Jan 05, 2015 $110,000
Director of Research and Development Adama Materials Minneapolis, MN Sep 12, 2015 $110,000
Research & Development Director First Quality Nonwovens, Inc. Hazle, PA Jan 19, 2013 $108,992 -
$195,600

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  • Directed research and new product development from concept through initial commercial production for contract manufacturing organization.
  • Served on leadership team determining future product development and strategic direction.
  • Revitalized product line to improve flavor, shelf life and operational efficiency by implementing new ingredient systems including cutting-edge enzymes.
  • Developed guidelines, procedures and internal controls to ensure proper and continuing compliance of sponsor policies and Federal regulations.
  • Develop company intellectual property through patent filing of designs and product ideas.

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