currently, I've been employed for a few years as R&D-Engineer in a medium to large company. Pay is decent, work is mostly interesting, the colleagues are great and the hours are ok (leaving me enough time for my family). Unfortunately, my boss and his boss (and that's about the hierarchy in our company) are both unable and unwilling to organize anything but rather tinker with technical details of our work. Deadlines, budgets and people-hours are completely meaningless, if we can just do another revision to squeeze the final .1% out of any design. Needless to say, nothing much gets done and always our department is to blame. This is so frustrating to me that I consider quitting any day now.
And now to the question - what is supposed to come after? From school over my PhD to my current work, I have always tried not to focus too much on any single field of competence. And so today I'll probably write some lines of program code, design, assemble and test a mechanical device tomorrow and yesterday I might just have rendered a beautiful animation of one of our products. (Note that while I can do all those things and more, I am necessarily a lot slower than any specialist in the respective field!)
All standard career advice seems to point me into the direction of seeking an entry-level (or higher) management position next. Unfortunately, I know myself to be as bad in organizing as my current boss and I really don't like being responsible for other peoples' work.
Other suggested career-paths appear to be specialist or consulting positions, which don't really seem to fit my profile either.
My concern is, that for a position that is somewhat comparable to what I am doing now, at nearly 40 I might already be viewed as slightly too old (read: inflexible) and my pay expectations may be too high.
So, where should I look for a job that gives me the freedom to make use of all my talents but is hopefully better organized (and paid!) than the current one? Or more specifically: What keywords or position designations in job offers should I look for?
I know, I know, I'm having a bit of a luxury problem here, but still I'd be grateful for any advice!