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.
They aim to optimise the performance of manufacturing systems. They are responsible for identifying and developing new processes for product manufacture, as well as putting in place process controls to make sure the products are of a high quality and are manufactured in a reproducible manner.
Product and process development scientists are concerned with improving the efficiency and profitability of the manufactured product.