Medicine Healthcare

Chief Science Officer


A Chief Science Officer (CSO) plays a critical role in shaping the strategic direction of scientific research and innovation within an organization. They are responsible for overseeing the development and execution of research programs that push the boundaries of biological science. By managing resources, guiding the research team, and securing funding, the CSO ensures that scientific endeavors align with the company’s goals and adhere to regulatory compliance. Their leadership fosters an environment of collaboration and creativity, propelling the advancement solutions and products. Through their vision, companies can navigate the complexities of the field, drive innovation, and contribute significantly to the improvement of health, environmental sustainability, and agricultural practices.

Common tasks 

    TaskRelated trait(s)
    Define and implement the scientific strategy and vision of the company Procedural orderliness Inquisitive Mindset Adaptability
    Oversee the R&D department, guiding the development of new products and technologies from concept through to commercialization Fairness Creativity and problem solving
    Foster an environment of innovation that encourages the exploration of novel ideas and approaches. Stay abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and scientific advancements to maintain and enhance the company’s competitive edge. Creativity and problem solving Procedural orderliness Inquisitive Mindset
    Experiment Design and Execution Analytical acumen
    Collaboration and Networking: Build and maintain relationships with academic institutions, industry partners, and other external organizations to promote collaboration, secure funding, and explore new technologies or research findings. Creativity and problem solving Constructive receptivity
    Compliance and Ethics: Ensure all scientific activities comply with regulatory standards and ethical guidelines. This includes overseeing clinical trials, regulatory submissions, and the ethical treatment of research subjects. Integrity
    Team Leadership and Development: Lead, mentor, and develop the scientific team, promoting a culture of high performance, continuous learning, and development. Effective Listening  Teamwork Fairness

    Soft skills measured by TraitForward

    TraitNo of QuestionsCronbach’s  alpha (α)
    Are they persistent?
    Are they humble and down-to-earth?
    Can they multitask? Can they handle demanding workloads?
    Can they multitask? Can they handle demanding workloads?
    Persuasive communication110.84
    Do they express themselves effectively?
    Effective Listening80.71
    Do they understand others?
    Building Effective Teams80.85
    Can they multitask? Can they handle demanding workloads?
    Creativity and problem solving80.77
    Are they creative problem solvers?
    Can they build and manage effective teams?
    Analytical acumen80.71
    Do they have math abilities?
    Emotional intelligence60.77
    Do they understand how people feel?
    Active engagement70.80
    Can they multitask? Can they handle demanding workloads?
    Are they biased against people and social groups?
    Are they adaptable?
    Do they have moral values?
    Inquisitive Mindset80.72
    Are they agile learners?
    Procedural orderliness100.74
    Are they organized?
    Constructive receptivity80.71
    Can they receive feedback positively and derive value from it?
    *Cronbach’s alpha coefficient (α) determines the extent to which the questions consistently measure each trait and it is expressed as a number ranging between 0 and 1 . Higher values indicate higher agreement between questions.  A value of α equal to greater than .7 indicates acceptable reliability or internal consistency.  For more information on the psychometric properties of the solution, please click here.

    Did you Know?

    Source: Payscale

    Median wage: 

    $202,479 / per year

    $118.50 / hour

    The median annual wage for this profession is $202,479. Nonetheless several professionals may not be paid in that rate. A relatively low salary the 10th percentile of the annual wage is $108,325, whilst a relatively high salary, the 90th percentile of the annual wage is $385,212.

    Expected employment growth:

    Number (in thousands in 2022): 5.876

    Number (in thousands in 2032): 6.826

    Employment percent change: 3

    Entry Education level:

    Chief science officers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in their respective scientific field, with many holding master’s or Ph.D.s. Higher education is often required for advanced research positions and roles that involve leading research projects.

    Find out the psychometric properties for the Chief Science Officer Traitforward questionnaire