Top Research & Development Executive plans and directs all aspects of an organization's research and development policies, objectives, and initiatives. Maintains an organization's competitive position and profitability by formulating research and development programs, policies, and procedures. Being a Top Research & Development Executive investigates and identifies new technologies that align the organization development. May require a master's degree. Additionally, Top Research & Development Executive typically reports to top management. The Top Research & Development Executive manages a business unit, division, or corporate function with major organizational impact. Establishes overall direction and strategic initiatives for the given major function or line of business. Has acquired the business acumen and leadership experience to become a top function or division head.