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Working As A Senior Manager Of Research And Development

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $120,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Manager Of Research And Development 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 Senior Manager Of Research And Development

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
Consultant 5.5%
Manager 5.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.5%
Director 5.4%

Senior Manager Of Research And Development Demographics

Gender

Male

72.4%

Female

24.2%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

70.0%

Asian

18.1%

Hispanic or Latino

7.4%

Unknown

3.8%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

French

25.0%

Portuguese

8.3%

Danish

8.3%

German

8.3%

Italian

8.3%
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Senior Manager Of Research And Development Education

Schools

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

7.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

7.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

6.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.3%

Stanford University

6.3%

University of Phoenix

6.3%

Michigan State University

6.3%

Northwestern University

6.3%

University of Florida

4.7%

Southern Methodist University

4.7%

Boston University

4.7%

Villanova University

4.7%

Wayne State University

4.7%

University of Cincinnati

4.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

University of California - Berkeley

3.1%

University of Washington

3.1%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.1%

University of Rochester

3.1%

Santa Clara University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

23.2%

Mechanical Engineering

10.6%

Electrical Engineering

10.6%

Computer Science

8.1%

Chemical Engineering

5.6%

Chemistry

5.6%

Management

5.1%

Project Management

4.0%

Finance

3.5%

Computer Engineering

3.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.0%

Biomedical Engineering

2.5%

Biology

2.0%

Information Systems

2.0%

Food Science

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

Psychology

1.5%

Microbiology

1.5%

Engineering Science

1.5%
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Degrees

Masters

39.8%

Bachelors

32.8%

Doctorate

14.6%

Other

8.4%

Certificate

2.6%

Associate

1.5%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Senior Manager Of Research And Development Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager R&D Broadcom Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Sep 13, 2016 $193,975
SR. Manager, R&D Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 01, 2015 $179,952
SR. Manager Engineering, Concept Structures, Vehicle R&D Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 10, 2015 $177,000 -
$187,000
Senior Manager, R&D Chemical & Metallurgical Processes Bloom Energy Corporation Sunnyvale, CA May 09, 2016 $168,000
Senior Manager, R&D Avago Technologies Us Inc. San Jose, CA May 07, 2011 $168,000
Senior WW R&D Manager for Infosphere Guardium IBM Corporation Littleton, MA Mar 06, 2013 $164,602 -
$178,013
Senior Manager, R&D Chemical and Metallurgical Processes Bloom Energy Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Sep 07, 2015 $162,100
Senior R&D Manager Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 01, 2011 $157,600
Senior Manager, R&D Emulex Corporation, An Avago Technologies Company San Jose, CA Sep 10, 2015 $152,131 -
$170,295
Senior Manager, R&D Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA May 23, 2011 $148,351
Senior Program Manager-Windows R&D or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 08, 2015 $137,972 -
$157,972
Senior Project Manager R&D BMC Software, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 25, 2014 $137,141
Senior Program Manager-Windows R&D or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Dec 17, 2014 $133,904 -
$153,904
Senior R&D Manager Praxair, Inc. Tonawanda, NY Feb 10, 2016 $127,923
Senior Manager-Analytical R&D TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Pomona, NY Jun 09, 2011 $125,000 -
$150,000
SR. Manager R&D Information Systems Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Jun 04, 2015 $123,850 -
$160,745
SR. Manager, R&D Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. Malvern, PA Jan 07, 2014 $115,702
Web Infra Development Senior Manager, Solidworks R&D Dassault Systemes Americas Corp. Waltham, MA Feb 12, 2016 $115,162
Senior Manager, Analytical Research & Development Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. Cranbury, NJ Jul 14, 2014 $115,000
SR. Project Manager-R&D BMC Software, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 10, 2010 $113,500
SR. Project Manager-R&D BMC Software, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 07, 2010 $113,500
SR. Manager, Process R&D Controller Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 29, 2016 $113,000
SR. Manager, R&D Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. Malvern, PA Jan 07, 2014 $112,770
Senior Manager, Research & Development One Lambda, Inc. Simi Valley, CA Nov 04, 2016 $111,700 -
$207,500
Senior Manager of Research and Development Lofthouse Bakery Products, Inc. Ogden, UT Jun 01, 2010 $110,000
Senior Manager, R & D Campbell Soup Company Ferndale, MI Jul 25, 2016 $108,451 -
$127,500

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Top Skills for A Senior Manager Of Research And Development

RNewProductDevelopmentMedicalDeviceProjectManagementStrategyRegulatoryComplianceProjectPortfolioFDAProductLineSafetyBusinessUnitsISOProjectPlansSoftwareDevelopmentManagementSystemWebLaboratoryPMODirectReportsRiskManagement

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Top Senior Manager Of Research And Development Skills

  1. R
  2. New Product Development
  3. Medical Device
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed a highly-effective technical organization to meet the unique challenges of globally distributed customers, technical teams, and support infrastructure.
  • Created the team's 1st research process for new product development that was aligned to the goals of the business teams.
  • Supported the effort to improve longevity of implantable medical device through an improved primary Li/MnO2 battery.
  • Trained staff on Project Management and Design Control procedures to ensure efficient and compliant new product development activities.
  • Led cross functional team to set strategy for core packaging in 63 countries.

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