Reports to: General Manager/Engineering Manager

Main objectives: Plans, organises and controls research and development work, in an industrial or other establishment, to improve technical processes, develop new and improved products and uses of different materials.

Typical functions and responsibilities:

  • Determine, implement and monitor research and development strategies, policies and plans.
  • Develop and implement research projects, priorities and targets to support commercial and policy developments
  • Lead major research projects and coordinate activities of other research workers.
  • Assess the benefits and monitor the costs and effectiveness of research and development activities.
  • Interpret results of research projects and recommend associated product and service development innovations.
  • Provide advice on research and development options available to the organisation.
  • Monitor leading-edge developments in relevant disciplines and assess implications for the organisation.
  • May publish results of significant research projects.

Typical qualifications and experience: Three to four year degree and five to ten years related experience. Technical, planning, research, analytical and organisational skills.