Job Title:  Mechanical Engineer

Job Number:  4564

Country: United Kingdom

Location: Southampton 

Function: Group Research & Development 

Level: Experienced Professional 

Type: Permanent 

Contractual Legal Entity: BAT (GLP) Ltd (GBGL) 

Job purpose

Next Generation Products (NGP) is part of British American Tobacco Group, focused on developing and delivering high quality nicotine alternatives to adult smokers in the key areas of Vapour and Tobacco Heating Products. In NGPs, our aim is to provide consumers with a compelling range of inspiring products that drive change. This means developing products that meet consumer needs and, by driving change, will reduce the public health impact of tobacco.

The responsibility of this role is to lead the continuous improvement of THP devices to improve product quality and reduce product cost.
Principle accountabilities

  • Lead R&D continuous improvement projects such as:
    • Briefing device development to external partners
    • Project manage initiatives ensuring progress to plan / budget
    • Facilitate design reviews and manage relevant stage gate documentation
    • Communicate project status to stakeholders and Senior Management
    • Support commercialization stage
  • Conduct root cause analysis into device quality issues and product returns
  • Develop design solutions to address product quality and / or performance issues
  • Review and manage device engineering documentation including engineering drawings, test reports and technical manuals
  • Lead the development of design verification tests to ensure that new designs are robust and will prove reliable in the field
  • To influence and coordinate cross functional teams including internal and key external partnerships critical in the delivery of projects and initiatives so as to have most effective use of internal/external resource and expertise
  • To operate as an advisor and collaborator with the wider NGP space to build robustness and technical capability


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Equivalent to Beng Mechanical Engineering degree or Materials/Physics Degree.
  • Experience in the design of high volume consumer electronics products
  • Experience in designing injection moulded components
  • Experience in preparing engineering specifications
  • Good knowledge of manufacturing technologies and design for manufacture
  • Good knowledge of testing and measuring techniques for product quality and product performance
  • Good understanding of quality management including APQP
  • Experience in project management ideally Prince2 practitioner
  • Excellent problem solving skills and experience in using a variety of fault finding techniques
  • Good overall communication skills including report writing and presentations
  • Good leadership skills and an ability to produce clear and simple plans

Desired Skills

  • Experience in the use of CAD packages, specifically Solidworks but others also desirable
  • Experience in preparing engineering drawings
  • Knowledge of thermodynamics together with experience of using FEA for modelling would be beneficial
  • Good knowledge of materials science and experience in selecting materials for given applications
  • Knowledge of ISO 13485 is desirable
  • Knowledge of PCB designs and batteries would be desirable
  • V-model method for validation planning
  • The ability to setup production processes including scrap, rework and reclaim parameters



  • Base salary from £43,200 to £54,000 per year, depending of relevant experience
  • Bonus target 15% 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.

Contractual Legal Entity: BAT (GLP) Ltd (GBGL)

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