What does a Research Director do?

Research managers lead the execution of research projects by drafting proposals, selecting methods, supervising teams, managing budgets, and presenting findings. A market research firm may employ them, where they hold meetings with clients to discuss project objectives and agree on a budget; or in a university where they initiate specific research projects. Research managers identify potential ideas to pitch to directors of research and innovation, or they may submit a proposal to be approved.

Research managers select appropriate methodologies and techniques for assigned projects, acquire supplies and equipment from vendors, put together an effective team, and ensure completion of the project on time and on budget. They are responsible for planning and supervising research projects, monitoring project progress, supporting team members, implementing new methodologies, and writing reports. When a project has concluded, they present research findings. Research managers need a bachelor's degree in an occupation-specific field and vast research experience.

What responsibilities are common for Research Director jobs?
  • Ensure research programs are transparent, accountable, and scientifically sound.
  • Supervise and participate in the integration, design and development of new reporting software.
  • Serve as a liaison with internal and external operations teams.
  • Work toward team goals and participate actively and supportively in team decisions.
  • Provide protection and care for the money and valuables of each resident.
  • Mentor and provide best practices with more junior members of the research team.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with research leaders and organizations in the field.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of appropriate physical plant regulations.
  • Conduct client presentations, workshops and data discussions to ensure project success.
  • Responsible for the accuracy, thoroughness, quality, and timeliness of projects.
  • Ensure hands-on QC throughout the entire project process, including financial management, so that projects/accounts are profitable.
  • Work with project teams to integrate change management activities into overall project plans.
  • Ability to design studies, write questionnaires and plan/ create insightful and actionable reports.
  • Develop, evaluate, recommend, and implement procedures for performance improvement and QC.
  • Understand the appropriate use of advanced analytics, various sampling approaches and weighting.
  • Liaison with external research partners including media, consulting firms, and academia.
What are the typical qualifications for Research Director jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, computer science, information systems, or information technology or equivalent experience.
  • Prior experience in a consulting position.
  • Demonstrated experience with SPSS, cloud, machine learning, and R language software and systems.
  • Experience with writing protocols and frameworks.
  • A leader who also turns to creative thinking during decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated sound work ethic and attention to details.
  • Demonstrated experience with math assessment and statistics.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Research Director Salaries

Average Base Pay

$10,725 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$8K
Median: $11K
$13K
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Research Director Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
3%
2 - 4
16%
5 - 7
60%
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21%
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Research Director Insights

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HCL TechnologiesHCL Technologies
Change Manager
3 Feb 2020

“HCL Technology is one of the best IT industry which have good environment to work and can enhance learning”

StreetbeesStreetbees
Research Manager
22 Apr 2022

“The product has lots of great potential and I am really excited to see where Streetbees goes.”

MetrixLabMetrixLab
Research Manager
28 Sept 2021

“There are plenty of learning opportunities here and is a great place to start your career.”

Integrated Marketing SystemsIntegrated Marketing Systems
Research Manager
14 Aug 2020

“Supervisors fail to communicate new changes and rarely provide resources to deal with new responsibilities.”

Post OfficePost Office
Change Manager
18 Feb 2022

“Great bonus scheme where you achieve 10% of your salary if you reached targets.”

KantarKantar
Research Director
13 Feb 2021

“Salary not bad but have to ask for it or would be way below average.”

DocereeDoceree
Manager, Research Services
6 Jun 2022

“Great and excellent place to work.”

Weill Cornell Medical CollegeWeill Cornell Medical College
Research Manager
15 Apr 2021

“Doctors were absolutely amazing and kind and hardworking and really make your time worth learning”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Research Director

When working as a Research Director, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Leadership, Statistics, Writing, Strategic Thinking and Conducting.

The most similar professions to Research Director are:
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Fellow
  • Researcher
  • Research Scholar

The most common qualifications to become a Research Director is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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Research Analyst
$52,000
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Research Fellow
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Researcher
$50,000
13% skills overlap
Research Scholar
$30,000

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