Oversees applied research or advanced development of new products, materials, or processes. Uses leading-edge and broad knowledge of other disciplines, principles, concepts and practices and/or techniques to champion highly complex projects or programs involving multi-disciplinary. Recognized as the highest scientific leader/authority within and outside the organization.

Degree of Independent Judgement

Directs and develops strategy, direction and activities necessary to complete major projects, requiring a wide variety of technical skills that impacts the business. Erroneous decisions or unsound recommendations could risk achievement of critical organizational objectives and affect the organization’s public image or  value. Is recognized as a leader and an expert in the scientific arena, both nationally and typically internationally as well.


Consults, interacts with and provides guidance to executive management and several departments on advanced technical issues. Influences policy making efforts, consistent with governing practices and regulations.

Education & Experience

Typically requires a PhD in a scientific discipline and 17+ years of experience.