Scientist - R&D ASC

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Date: Apr 28, 2021

Location: Memphis, TN, US

Company: British American Tobacco

Job Number: 31115

Reynolds American Incorporated is positively transforming the tobacco industry. We’re a family of companies that strives for success in everything we do. The future inspires us because our people are igniting the breakthroughs that are redefining the ways adult tobacco consumers enjoy tobacco in the 21st century.

When other companies talk about growth, they only talk about size. At Reynolds American, we focus on the growth of our people. We take pride in each other’s growth and well-being throughout our careers. We invest in your career and total well-being because we know our companies succeed when our people thrive.


Reynolds American Inc. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of British American Tobacco p.l.c., and the U.S. parent company of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; American Snuff Company, LLC; Modoral Brands, Inc.; R. J. Reynolds Vapor Company; Lorillard Licensing Company, LLC; Reynolds Brands, Inc.; and Vuse Stores LLC.  This position is with American Snuff Company, LLC (4040).

Here, you’ll have the opportunity to work on iconic brands and revolutionary products by collaborating with visionary, principled and passionate people every day.



Scientist – R&D, American Snuff Company is seeking to fill a Scientist position to support the research and development of traditional smokeless tobacco products.  The position will be intimately involved in research spanning the product realization continuum, ranging from agronomic trials through fermentation and traditional smokeless tobacco prototypes.  Analytical techniques to be employed in support of research efforts include Gas Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry, and NIR.  Previous quantitation experience with mass spectrometry using multiple-reaction-monitoring (MRM) is a plus. The Scientist-R&D role requires a strong fundamental science background and use of project management fundamentals to work in a fast-paced team environment with U.S. and global colleagues.     

This position will report through Product Development management and will work with others on the team to provide analytical data and scientific support to aid product development across the traditional smokeless platform.


Accountabilities/Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Scientist – The scientist must exhibit strong analytical and technical leadership skills. He/she must conduct routine and non-routine assays of tobacco products. The scientist will be expected to support the execution of multiple projects with changing priorities and aggressive timelines. He/she must be a self-starter, demonstrate competency across multiple analytical techniques and possess excellent communication skills as he/she must be able to work in a diverse, multi-functional project team to accomplish the goals. The scientist must be able to manage technical projects and write research reports. The incumbent will collaborate across numerous internal functions to deliver successful outcomes within specified timelines. 


Job Requirements: 



  • Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) or Master of Science (M.S.) in Food Science, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Material Science or equivalent experience.


Required Skills:

  • Proficient with operating and maintaining High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, Near-infrared Spectrometer, and Mass Spectrometers (GC-MS & HPLC-MS),
  • Sound knowledge of basic lab equipment (analytical balances, pipettes, etc)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and various Analytical Software experience
  • Excellent project management, time management, team collaboration, and organizational skills
  • Ability to engage with stakeholders
  • Ability to actively participate in a Team-based environment and collaboratively work in cross functional teams
  • Ability to quickly develop credibility and begin influencing within an organization
  • Strong business and technical writing skills, presentation skills and attention to detail 


Relevant Experience and Preferred Skills:

  • Relevant Industry experience
  • Experience in Analytical Method Development
  • Proficient skills in other analytical techniques such as: Mass Spectrometry using Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM)
  • Basic knowledge of general lab safety practices and understanding of chemical SDS’s.
  • Experience with calibration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of laboratory instruments and equipment


The Ideal Candidate will possess:

  • An understanding of tobacco chemistry and fermentation
  • Experience working in an FDA or government regulated business
  • A background in Product Development formulation
  • Project Management background and skills  
  • Ability to work and make decisions with minimal supervision
  • Ability to develop and drive key strategies
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills of dependability and credibility
  • Effectively communicate with peers and management
  • Ability to drive collaborative efforts cross-functionally




Compensation/Targeted Bonus

  • Competitive Annual Salary
  • Targeted Annual Bonus
  • Relocation assistance available for those who qualify.

Benefit Summary

Our company offers very competitive benefit plans, including:

  • 401(k) plan that offers opportunity to save on pre- and post-tax basis up to 50 percent of eligible compensation. Company matches 100 percent of employee pre-tax/Roth (401k) contributions up to six percent
  • Comprehensive health- and welfare-benefits package
  • Eleven paid company holidays annually, plus a generous paid vacation plan based on length of service
  • Company-paid sick and personal days, funeral leave and jury duty leave; Also Parental leave/Reduced Work Schedule
  • Confidential personal financial counseling service
  • On-site health clinics and fitness centers
  • A matching grants program that enables employees to direct and double their donations to qualifying charitable organizations of their choice
  • Health-care advocacy service
  • Volunteer service opportunities
  • Federal credit union membership through Allegacy Federal Credit Union
  • Extensive training opportunities  

Reynolds American Inc. and its affiliated companies is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Our organization offers a level of challenge, responsibility and creativity for motivated employees that stands apart from the crowd.

We are also committed to employing a diverse workforce and valuing different perspectives, experiences and talents to maximize the company's potential for successfully achieving its business objectives.


Only applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly via email at

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