Product/process development scientist?
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Companies which manufacture products typically need development scientists who understand and control the processes used to make the final product.
Development scientists work across the manufacturing industry, on products as diverse as foods, medicines, cosmetics and paints.
Process development scientists aim to optimise the performance of manufacturing systems. They are responsible for identifying and developing new processes for product manufacture, as well implementing process controls to make sure the products are of a high quality and are manufactured in a reproducible manner.
Product development scientists work with research scientists to develop new ideas and scientific discoveries, which can be used in the manufacture of new products. They also develop and improve existing products.
Product and process development scientists are concerned with improving the efficiency and profitability of the manufactured product.
Exact job roles differ depending on whether you choose to work in process or product development.
Tasks carried out by process development scientists include:
In comparison, activities carried out by product development scientists include:
Both job roles may involve presenting ideas to senior staff, training and supervising new team members or more junior staff, and reading trade press or attending conferences to keep up to date with industry developments.
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