A senior product development scientist oversees the development of a product from start to finish, ensuring that the product is able to pass through every step of the process from the drawing table until shipment. Senior product development scientists are usually responsible for leading development teams, designing new products or developments, maintaining quality standards with testing, and compiling and organizing data necessary for product release. During production and development, the senior product development scientist must uphold any rules and regulations that apply them to their work, as well as follow safety protocols. They should also touch with other departments from the same company, such as quality assurance and production, as well as outside consultants. Many types of organizations hire senior product development scientists, such as food and consumer retail companies investigating new products and pharmaceutical companies developing or improving drugs.
This position requires at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field with several years of related experience in a laboratory setting and/or product development. A master's degree is preferred by most companies, with at least five years of experience. Experience relevant to the prospective position or company is also generally required or preferred.
Senior Product Development Scientist Tasks
Plan and perform laboratory experiments to test processes used in materials production .
Prepare reports on results of experimentations and create methods to evaluate processes to strengthen and or combine materials.
Conducts research on the structures and properties of applicable materials.