Exploring a progressive career path

Having been with us since 2012, Ben is an established member of the BAT team. Working as a Capability Development Manager, he works in the Innovation Development Centre within R&D at HUB Southampton. This means taking on a lot of responsibility, looking at how we can continuously improve our global pilot plant. Starting his career with us straight out of university, he’s come a long way, working across different functions and rising to the management role he’s in now.

Not only has Ben become an established colleague here, and explored different roles across different functions, but he has also taken his career to an international scale. “My role involves a lot of travel – from St. Petersburg in Russia to Sancheon, our factory in South Korea, and to Germany, Romania and Sweden – travel increases as we build new working relationships with development partners. We’ve got 5 pilot plants across the world: here in Southampton, Winston-Salem in the USA, Malang in Indonesia, Catarina in Brazil, and Bayreuth in Germany. As we continually develop potentially reduced-risk products, ensuring relevant capabilities (technology, analytical methods, process and people) exist in the pilot plant has become increasingly important.”

Not only is Ben’s progression here pushing him forward, but he’s more qualified due to his experience. “BAT sponsored my Master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry. I learned about taking something all the way through from conceptualisation to commercialisation. That really enhanced my skills in terms of how we manage activities throughout development. I like to challenge the status quo. That passion for pushing boundaries has certainly led to a lot of the developments in my work – and has stemmed from my training here. But I wouldn’t be able to challenge the norm without my team. I push them but they absolutely push me as well.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring a progressive career path

Having been with us since 2012, Ben is an established member of the BAT team. Working as a Capability Development Manager, he works in the Innovation Development Centre within R&D at HUB Southampton. This means taking on a lot of responsibility, looking at how we can continuously improve our global pilot plant. Starting his career with us straight out of university, he’s come a long way, working across different functions and rising to the management role he’s in now.

Not only has Ben become an established colleague here, and explored different roles across different functions, but he has also taken his career to an international scale. “My role involves a lot of travel – from St. Petersburg in Russia to Sancheon, our factory in South Korea, and to Germany, Romania and Sweden – travel increases as we build new working relationships with development partners. We’ve got 5 pilot plants across the world: here in Southampton, Winston-Salem in the USA, Malang in Indonesia, Catarina in Brazil, and Bayreuth in Germany. As we continually develop potentially reduced-risk products, ensuring relevant capabilities (technology, analytical methods, process and people) exist in the pilot plant has become increasingly important.”

Not only is Ben’s progression here pushing him forward, but he’s more qualified due to his experience. “BAT sponsored my Master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry. I learned about taking something all the way through from conceptualisation to commercialisation. That really enhanced my skills in terms of how we manage activities throughout development. I like to challenge the status quo. That passion for pushing boundaries has certainly led to a lot of the developments in my work – and has stemmed from my training here. But I wouldn’t be able to challenge the norm without my team. I push them but they absolutely push me as well.”