Job Title:  Internship (Undergraduate) - E-liquid Development

Job Number:  12421

Country: United Kingdom
Function: Next Generation Products
Level: Internship
Appointment Type: Fixed Term

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 matter to our consumers. All sides of the business is 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 R&D 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.
About the Placement Scheme
In the UK, we offer 12-months placement - starting 2nd September 2019 - opportunities to undergraduate students looking to gain practical experience within a vibrant and innovative industrial setting. As part of the scheme, you will be partnered with a mentor, have regular reviews with your Line Manager and work on projects that impact the business.
Training and development is provided throughout the placement with successful applicants having multiple opportunities to develop transferable skills in addition to gaining ‘hands on’ experience in a technical discipline.
As part of the scheme students get a chance to cultivate their independent thinking and problem solving skills in addition to working in and contributing to a team. Cross functional/department working and participation in other research activities is also encouraged, where appropriate. Previous work experience in a practical ‘hands-on’ role would be useful but not essential.
Job purpose
To support the development of vapour innovations focussing on innovation of e-liquid formulations and product science related to e-liquids and vaping products.
Key accountabilities:
Review of existing data and engage with key stakeholders in R&D (product development, analytical development centre, consumer product safety, sensory and consumer insights) to generate and deliver learning plans
- E-liquid design and prototyping with guidance from Product Developers
- prototype characterisation using best practices and applied chemistry
- collaborate with analytical subject matter experts and product developers to establish methods for prototype characterisation where needed
- collaborate with consumer insights managers to generate product performance learnings on new prototypes
Skills and experience
  • Professional/academic achievement in chemistry or other relevant subject area up to 1st degree level or equivalent
  • Relevant expertise in chemistry and physics to support e-liquid science & development projects
  • Problem-solving skills, analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Must be methodical; have excellent and accurate record keeping skills
  • Good at problem solving and have investigatory, scientific curious skills
  • Skilled user of Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Proficient in general laboratory tasks and procedures, such as solution preparation, handling chemicals and hazardous materials
  • Full awareness of laboratory safety procedures
  • Good communication, organisational and planning skills for effective liaison and teamwork
  • Proactively identifies opportunities for process improvements
  • Agile in fast-moving environment and flexibility in adapting to new tasks and changing priorities
  • Consumer-centric attitude and special interest in product design and development
• Salary of £17,000 per annum
• Subsidised gym membership (£15 per month)
• Subsidised lunches
• 25 days annual leave
• Free on-site parking
• Participation in the Discretionary Company Bonus Scheme
• Participation in the Company Share Reward Scheme
• Participation in the Company Pension Scheme
• Private Healthcare Cover
• Eligibility for Company Flexible Benefits Scheme
• Employee Assistance Programme

The selection process involves:
• Online application (including the uploading of a CV, completion of application form, questionnaire and cognitive tests)
• A telephone interview
• Face-to-face interview/Assessment Center in Southampton
Applications for multiple roles will be accepted.
If you wish to be considered for any of the roles please ensure that your application is in by at the very latest the 15th February 2019. Early applications are recommended and roles may be filled as suitable candidates are identified (potentially before the 15th February 2019 final closing date).
Further information on the science carried out at British American Tobacco can be seen at
Essential requirements
We are looking for undergraduates who are undertaking an industrial sandwich degree course.
Candidates will need to have:
• A relevant undergraduate degree (see individual placement opportunities), with a minimum predicted grade of 2:1
• The right to live and work in the UK
• IT skills e.g. use of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint


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.

Contractual Legal Entity: BAT (Investments) Limited (GBIN)

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