Research & Development (R&D) Manager, Pharmaceuticals Salary
Men make up the majority of Pharmaceuticals Research & Development Managers in the United States, bringing in about $100K annually. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Job Description for Research & Development (R&D) Manager, Pharmaceuticals
A research & development (R&D) manager for pharmaceuticals supervises the work of teams developing new drugs and/or improving existing drugs. The R&D manager carefully directs team members in working toward various research goals, as well as compiling data regarding the team's findings. As the manager, this person typically uses this data to issue progress reports to a director or vice president of R&D; these reports help the company accurately forecast when theoretical research or trials may result in practical application in marketable drug therapies. It also allows the manager and the executives to whom he or she reports to direct or refocus research as needed.Read More...
Much of the work done in R&D for pharmaceuticals involves studying the reactions that various compounds have on organic molecules and structures. Typically researchers on an R&D team are assigned a specific set of materials on which to focus, and the R&D manager ensures that this focus is maintained. R&D team members use research to draw potential conclusions; throughout this process, the R&D manager works to direct research and reports on results. As a potential drug's development progresses, the R&D manager for pharmaceuticals provides input to director-level scientists on implementing the clinical trial process. Typically, the R&D manager works closely with clinical researchers and testers, providing information from within the company to researchers and medical professionals participating in the clinical trial process.
An R&D manager for pharmaceuticals typically has extensive education in biochemistry or a related applied biology or chemistry field. Typically, managers are persons who have worked as team leaders within an R&D department as well. Most R&D managers for pharmaceuticals work in a clinical laboratory environment during regular business hours. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)