Research and Development Manager

Research and development (R&D) managers lead a team of researchers for research activities and develop new agricultural products and processes for a company. This involves performing in-depth research on scientific principles and techniques then using the information to development experiments that test research questions.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Develop research projects that build on current company manufacturing processes
  • Oversee all aspects of research programs and experiments
  • Report to senior management on technical issues and developments
  • Lead a team of research associates and technicians
  • Present at industry conferences on research topics of interest
  • Establish and maintain testing procedures
  • Manage and mentor a team of research staff
  • Work closely with manufacturing employees to troubleshoot manufacturing processes
  • Ensure that experimental equipment is maintained and calibrated
  • Work with other departments to develop new processes
  • Oversee the budgeting and cost forecasting of research programs

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • business
  • computer skills

Education/Training Required:

A master’s or doctorate degree in the field in which you are applying your knowledge (e.g., agriculture, food science, chemistry, biology, agronomy, etc.) is required.

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