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Working As A Research And Development Project Manager

  • 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

  • $119,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research And Development Project Manager 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 Project Manager

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 Careers Before Research And Development Project Manager
Internship 6.2%
Manager 4.4%
Consultant 4.0%
Top Careers After Research And Development Project Manager
Consultant 4.8%
Director 3.9%
Manager 3.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$119,000
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$87,000
Min 10%
$119,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Median 50%
$161,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Cambridge, MA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Research And Development Project Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research And Development Project Manager in the United States is $119,322 per year or $57 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $88,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $161,000.

Real Research And Development Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
R&D Project Manager Ericsson Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 03, 2016 $152,901 -
$168,000
Project Manager, Research and Development, Generics TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Pomona, NY Aug 24, 2015 $140,800
Project Manager-R&D Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $135,000
R&D Project Manager Ericsson Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 17, 2015 $132,038 -
$168,000
R&D Project/Program MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 23, 2013 $125,751 -
$145,751
R&D Project Manager Ericsson Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 12, 2015 $123,053 -
$144,000
R & D Project Manager Ericsson Inc. El Segundo, CA Jan 18, 2016 $122,429 -
$155,116
R&D Project Manager Ericsson Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 02, 2015 $121,909 -
$168,000
Research and Development Project Manager Robert Bosch LLC Palo Alto, CA Jun 01, 2011 $121,068
R&D Project/Program MGR 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 14, 2014 $113,027 -
$148,400
Project Manager, Research & Development Avinger, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 18, 2011 $112,800
R&D Project Manager Ericsson Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 24, 2014 $112,745 -
$168,000
R & D Project Manager Ericsson Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 29, 2014 $112,000 -
$168,000
R&D Project Manager TYCO Healthcare Group LP Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2011 $108,187
R&D Project Manager Stryker Medical, A Division of Stryker Corporation Portage, MI Sep 09, 2015 $95,950
R&D Project Manager (Generics) Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Westbury, NY Sep 20, 2010 $95,000
R&D Project Manager Reckitt Benckiser LLC Montvale, NJ Jan 03, 2016 $93,636
R&D Project Manager Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Jun 09, 2016 $93,428
R&D Technical Project Manager SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC. San Mateo, CA Aug 29, 2013 $90,000
Global R&D Project Manager Alpha Metals, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $89,602
Project Manager, CMF R&D Stryker Corporation Mahwah, NJ Jan 01, 2015 $86,896
Project Manager, R&D Aurolife Pharma LLC Dayton, NJ Sep 09, 2014 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Research And Development Project Manager

  1. Project Management
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  3. New Product Development
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  • Transitioned to Project Management Competency Center in 2/10 where acquired specialized skills in Agile Scrum Project Management being currently leveraged.
  • Execute capital equipment procurement and labor contracts relevant to construction of chemical Research and Development process plants.
  • Managed new product development and commercialization process.
  • Develop new formulations and manufacturing procedures for all new products.
  • Manage overall software strategy across product lines to have effective software feature that differentiates from competition.

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  6. Massachusetts
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Research And Development Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

63.7%

Female

24.8%

Unknown

11.5%
Ethnicity

White

57.6%

Asian

14.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

23.5%

French

13.7%

Mandarin

11.8%

German

9.8%

Japanese

7.8%

Chinese

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Portuguese

3.9%

Korean

3.9%

Bulgarian

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Greek

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Polish

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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Research And Development Project Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.6%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5.7%

Michigan State University

4.9%

George Washington University

4.9%

University of Cincinnati

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.9%

University of Houston

4.9%

University of California - San Diego

4.9%

Temple University

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

University of Florida

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

DePaul University

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

Cleveland State University

4.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.1%

Syracuse University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

21.9%

Mechanical Engineering

12.5%

Electrical Engineering

10.1%

Computer Science

8.2%

Chemistry

6.7%

Project Management

6.2%

Management

3.7%

Biomedical Engineering

3.4%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Chemical Engineering

3.2%

Finance

3.0%

Food Science

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Biology

2.1%

Psychology

2.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.1%

Physics

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

Plastics Engineering

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

39.1%

Bachelors

34.2%

Other

10.8%

Doctorate

10.0%

Certificate

3.3%

Associate

2.4%

Diploma

0.2%
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