Development manager

Research, plan and lead initiatives to further the development of companies and organisations.

Duties and tasks

  • Analyse needs of the organisation to create research and development strategies and allocate appropriate tasks for staff
  • Implement research projects for the enhancement of particular field and document or publish results for internal or external use
  • Manage a team of researchers and development officers and supervise work output
  • Use research findings to advise on product or service adjustments and policy changes
  • Work with other departmental staff to identify greatest research and development targets and priorities
  • Work within a budget to decide which research and development projects are most worthwhile for the overall benefit to be gained by the organisation

Skills required

  • Critical Thinking
  • Organisational Skills
  • Strong Leadership Qualities
  • Strong Writing and Communication Skills
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Development Managers typically work regular Monday to Friday hours but may be required to work evenings or weekends to complete deadlines on research projects. They typically work in an indoor office setting and may need to travel lightly for research publications or meeting with stakeholders.

Professional associations / Industry information

Service Skills Australia 

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