Job Title:  R&D Product Development Engineer

Job Number:  6625

Country: United Kingdom

Location: Southampton 

Function: Next Generation Products 

Level: Experienced Professional 

Job Type: Permanent 


Job purpose
To manage the device development activities within the Tobacco Heating Product (THP) team in the development and delivery of high potential inhalable non-combustible tobacco products. This is done through translation of the commercial needs for the product into an effective technological brief that is then delivered with the support of internal and external resources. The role is responsible for the delivery of an assigned portfolio of work streams and activities within the NGP product development plan which requires the coordination of internal and external stakeholders in alignment with the Product Development Managers (THP) and Quality and Manufacturing Manager (SC) to support delivery of the commercial vision for the products.
To integrate the THP, R&D, Commercial, Product, Quality and Supply Chain requirements for device and product development and then support those functions during commercialization.
Leading the development activities to fulfil the required quality and consistency (in line with development requirements).
  • Manage specific device development activities both within R&D, across the Supply Chain and Commercial functions and with nominated third party suppliers
  • Show technical experience and able to communicate and solve highly technical problems related to mechanics, PCB, thermal management, batteries and heating systems
  • Promote and integrate ways of working within the development team
  • Work closely with the Senior product developer to implement project delivery
  • Lead the development activities for the assigned responsibilities within the team
  • Support the Product Development Manager, where required
  • Review third party design, development, quality/compliance and manufacturing documentation
  • Support solid Intellectual Property (IP) to best protect the product development.
  • Support the development and implementation of third party manufacturer scale up plans
  • Develop devices based on a clear scientific understanding of the base technology which are ultimately scalable and address commercial requirements.
  • Lead analytical testing to ensure product performance meets product requirements. Analyse data and distil down and present to management team concepts, root causes, solutions, matrices and planning
  • Ensure accurate budget management and tracking for development activities within the assigned responsibilities/projects in the team
  • Ensure on time and in full delivery of device specifications for new products
  • Escalate risks and issues in a timely and appropriate manner
Key Success Factors:
  • Proactive and willing to go outside comfort zone to further enhance technical and soft skills
  • Activity/project budget accuracy within assigned responsibility
  • Technical understanding and solution implementation to ensure quality, cost and on time delivery
Skills and Experience:
  • Degree or equivalent in a science, engineering or related subject. Preferable in Electronics or Mechanical engineering.
  • Knowledge of mechanical / electronic device design and evaluation of device hardware to meet consumer and commercial needs within legislative and operational constraints.
  • Experience of managing suppliers to deliver new products from concept to production ideally in consumer electronics or wireless devices
  • Experience in prototyping of proof of concepts/minimal viable product in PCB’s, mechanical and electro mechanical parts and sub-assemblies.
  • Ability to manage a portfolio of projects.
  • Knowledge in CAD an advantage (Solidworks, ProE, Autodesk)
  • Excellent Interpersonal and communication skills; ability to influence key stakeholders up to senior level.


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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