Research and development managers


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Managers in this unit group plan, organise, co-ordinate and manage resources to undertake the systematic investigation necessary for the development of new, or to enhance the performance of existing, products and services.


Entrants usually possess a relevant degree or equivalent qualification. Training is usually provided on-the-job, although support may be provided for postgraduate study. Professional qualifications are available.

Typical tasks

  • establishes product design and performance objectives in consultation with other business functions;
  • liaises with production departments to investigate and resolve manufacturing problems;
  • develops research methodology, implements and reports upon research investigations undertaken;
  • plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities to the research and development team;
  • monitors the standards of scientific and technical research undertaken by the research team.

Common job titles

Manager, services, forensic
Manager, insights
Manager, research (printing and publishing)
Manager, creative (research and development)
Manager, link, passenger (government)
Manager, research
Manager, insights, consumer
Manager, project (research and development)
Manager, trials, clinical
Manager (research and development)
Manager, analytics
Manager, technical (research and development)
Manager, information (research and development)
Manager, product (research and development)
Manager, research, market
Manager, study, clinical
Manager, trial, clinical
Manager, research and development
Manager, development (research and development)
Manager, RM&G
Manager, tunnel, wind
Manager, research (broadcasting)
Manager, laboratory
Manager, research (government)
Manager of field trials (NIAB)
Manager, research (journalism)
Manager, development, process (manufacturing)
Manager, design
Head (research and development)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.