Job Title:  Analytical Scientist

Job Number:  16241

Country: United Kingdom
Function: Group Research & Development
Level: Experienced Professional
Appointment Type: Permanent




British American Tobacco is a global business going through a hugely dynamic period in our 100+ year history. With consumers seeking more choice with expectations above traditional cigarettes, now is an exciting time to have a real say in what we do - a chance to feel the international impact of your work and the responsibility to own what really matters to our consumers. All sides of the business are fully thriving, from our traditional tobacco roots, which we have proudly grown into a market-leading enterprise, to our business in developing brand-new products that promote choice, where innovation thrives.


What’s best about our evolution is that science is at the heart of all of it. Our global Research and Development teams uncover the facts and drive us forward using the most cutting-edge technologies. We have over 200 different scientific methods – from analytical chemistry and toxicological profiling to future casting and battery design.


Why work here? Because we’re not just any FMCG company: we’re industry leaders, game changers, world shapers.


Job Purpose


We are looking for an Analytical Scientist I to join our Analytical and Development Centre (ADC) in Southampton. This role is responsible for undertaking analytical studies in support of projects that are delivered and reported in compliance with agreed technical and quality standards. Also, the Analytical Scientist I will support the interpretation of results in respect of internal and external reporting and project decision making.


Principal Accountabilities


  • Lead interactions with peers in identification of analytical requirements at project level
  • Keep stakeholders informed of progress thorough formal and informal communication
  • Support the development of novel analytical technologies and approaches as part of an internal ADC project team
  • Provide expert input on analytical science and evaluation of resulting scientific data
  • Select appropriate means and address new problems
  • Provides appropriate information into operational planning process
  • Promotes and applies compliance with quality systems and requirements to ensure robust analytical processes
  • Provides appropriate leadership to project teams on analytical science
  • Provides coaching to external peers on analytical data to ensure that all scientists within ADC deliver scientific output of appropriate integrity
  • Interprets output of stakeholder engagement, makes technical recommendations and evaluates implementation.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Professional/academic achievement in Chemistry or a related physical science up to 1st degree level or equivalent
  • Skilled use and understanding of preparative and instrumental techniques applicable to the isolation and measurement of the physical properties of, or trace level analytes in complex matrices
  • Relevant technical experience resulting in thorough knowledge and application of best analytical method development and validation using complex instrumental analysis techniques (GC/MS, GC/MS/MS, HPLC/MS, HPLC/MS/MS, ICP/MS)
  • Experience of working in an ISO accredited and/or GLP compliant laboratory
  • Good communication and planning skills




  • Base salary from £33,600 to £42,000 per year, depending of relevant experience
  • Bonus target 12.5% of annual base salary
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Participation in Discretionary Company Bonus Scheme
  • Participation in Company Share Reward Scheme
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Private Healthcare Cover
  • Eligibility for Company Flexible Benefits Scheme.


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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