Job Title:  Internship (Undergraduate)- Combustibles Innovation

Job Number:  15739

Country: United Kingdom
Function: Group Research & Development
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.
We have a requirement for on undergraduate student taking part in a year in industry placement, we require the suitable candidate to be studying for a Degree in Product Design.
The Combustibles Innovation Team is focused on the proof of concept, proof of application, development and delivery of commercial solutions for new-to-world combustible products. This role covers all aspects of the product development lifecycle from ideation through to deployment. With a focus primarily on product and processing equipment design and development. 
The successful candidate will assist in the delivery of new Technologies and products in line with BAT's requirements to provide consumer relevant innovations.
In addition, the candidate should be a:
·         Creative thinker and problem solver.
·         Intuitive designer. 
·         Strong communication and presentation/report writing skills.
·         Be self-motivated to work both independently and in a team.
·         Able to work on multiple activities and deliver against agreed priorities.
·         Experience with Microsoft Office, Project, Visio, Prince2.
·         Have CAD experience (Solid Edge).
Responsibilities / aims include:
  • Work on BAT’s Global Drive Brands and get to understand BAT’s diverse product portfolio.
  • Play a key technical role, working on real products and solving real problems. 
  • The development of new to world prototype manufacturing machinery.
  • Helping to define quality equipment designs for new commercial products.
  • Working closely with product development teams.
  • Co-ordination of activities within internal teams and external partners.
  • Project planning and execution.
What the Intern will take away from experience:
  • Develop real world experience of new to world product / machinery development.
  • Develop understanding on how to create design solutions to address product quality and / or performance issues.
  • Understand how to operate as a collaborator with the wider R&D space to build robustness and technical capability.
  • Gain understanding of Patents / IP protection.
  • Exposure to wider technical teams within the BAT community.
  • Gain understanding of BAT best practive regarding product / machinery development.
The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate sustained high performance in the following areas:
  • Collaboration and inclusive behaviours within the team and wider BAT community.
  • Able to work under own initiative and constantly driving for results.
  • Proactive outlook, continuously raising the bar.
  • Strive to meet agreed timelines and delivers on tasks.
  • Regularly reviews performance against targets to deliver stretch results. 
  • Identifies product development opportunities.
• 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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