Job Title:  Innovation Technology Manager - Automation

Job Number:  14993

Country: United Kingdom
Function: Operations
Level: Experienced Professional
Appointment Type: Permanent


BAT is seeking a senior resource, with experience in the development of Automation Machinery and process for high speed manufacture of combustible and Next Generation Products (NGP). The location for this role is London or Southampton, with international travel.


BAT’s consumable products are manufactured to meet the exacting requirements of stake holders, be it consumers, shareholders, regulators or society.  We make cigarettes at up to speeds of 20,000 cigarettes per minute, so this is a high precision business that requires exceptionally talented Engineers. We are looking for Engineers with experience in bringing FMGC products to market, who can work as part of a wider Technical team and develop the commercial manufacturing process from Design for Automation (DFA) to deployment in our manufacturing locations.


What we offer

  • A truly international experience (people, projects, opportunities);
  • A rich and diverse environment (Global presence, Global reach of your work, multicultural);
  • Be part of a successful winning business and team;
  • Be part of a dynamic, changing environment - constantly striving to achieve great things - we constantly push ourselves;
  • Opportunities for professional stretch and challenge - achieve the remarkable;
  • Personal attention - we invest as much in our people as our brands;
  • Opportunity to develop as a commercial business leader;
  • Open minded people and business;
  • Very attractive compensation package. 


This agile, fast-moving environment feels like a start-up with the backing of an established multinational business. It’s your chance to push the boundaries in a new sector of consumer tech. There’s also the opportunity to network and be seen, and grow a career that could take you all over the world.


Key accountabilities

  • Ensure commercial manufacturing capability for Vaping / Tobacco Heating Devices Consumables & Conventional cigarette innovations via high speed automation processes.
  • Accountable for sign off in the design phase that products can meet the consumer, commercial and business objectives regarding the manufacture and supply.  This would include Design for Manufacture (DFM), Design for Assembly (DFA) and agreeing budgets timelines and resource allocation
  • Providing input from a manufacturing perspective to Procurement in Supplier Selection – including identifying key technical requirements and Ways of Working (process’) for machinery suppliers / system integrators.
  • Managing external supplier to provide service or complete solutions for manufacturing capability, this includes Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP), supply of User Requirement Specification (URS), sign off Function Design Specification (FDS) and setting out validation criteria for Vendor Acceptance Testing (VAT) and Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT).
  • Accountable for integration into BAT operations which would cover planning, installation and training, spare parts management, CE certification and providing Supply Chain capacity offers for commissioning, qualification and verification of the manufacturing capability.


Essential requirements

  • Experience in  senior positions in FMCG, automation machinery supplier or systems integrators.  
  • BSc Engineering degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Manufacturing.
  • Experience in the design, development and deployment of new products.
  • Strong analytical skills in design problem solving for both process and products.
  • Strong and demonstrable network of external prototyping partners in machinery design and process development.
  • Experience in supplier product validation systems and processes.
  • Experience of regulatory compliance requirements for electronic consumer products.
  • Ability to manage relationships with internal customers/stakeholders (e.g. R&D, Marketing, Operations, Quality).
  • High degree of personal resilience, drive and flexibility.


Desirable requirements

  • Chartered Engineer
  • Experience in working with cross functional teams in a global organisation.


British American Tobacco is one of the world’s leading multinational companies, with brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries.

We are proud that we are consistently among the top 5 companies on the London Stock Exchange.

Our portfolio includes our world-famous Global Drive Brands – Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans – along with many other leading international brands, such as Vogue, Peter Stuyvesant and State Express 555.

Alongside our traditional tobacco business, we are also developing products that offer consumers potentially less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes. Our Next Generation Products are already leading the way in the Industry of vapour and tobacco heating devices. We continue to develop a solid portfolio of consumer solutions which already include well known global brands like Vype, glo and Voke.

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