Job Title:  Product Developer II

Job Number:  5824

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


Function Overview 


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.


And that’s where we come in … this is a journey and one we are wholly committed to. Do you want to be part of it?


Job Purpose 


To support the development of New Generation Products (NGP) and generate new product design validation protocols and technical project plans based on stakeholder mandate and feedback. The job holder will build plans for continuous developments and improving our existing product and technology platforms and deliver these projects in close collaboration with cross-functional team and external suppliers.


Principal Accountabilities


  • Implements best practice to design and validation testing to ensure that products are sustainable, whilst meeting business case targets
  • Coordinates the internal and external validation testing process, ensuring visibility and timely activation and ensure risk mitigations opportunities are in place
  • Clearly identifies technical risks and ensures mitigation plans are in place, seeking support when needed from other R&D teams
  • Collaborates and maintains clear communication with external suppliers
  • Effectively leads the integration of supplier, consumer and business needs with required product developments
  • Continually seek opportunities to develop more effective and improved new products for our NGP platforms to address consumer and business needs as mandated


Skills and Experiences


  • Good knowledge of technical design principles of products, preferably in the e-cigarettes category or other electronic goods industries
  • Product design, manufacturing and/or engineering experience.
  • Good technical and project management competencies but also agility and ability to deliver to challenging timescales
  • Commercially awareness and ability to manage both cost and value of projects, including business cases
  • Good interpersonal skills and real drive towards action and delivery
  • Experience leading technical projects leveraging teams of people from diverse technical backgrounds, capabilities and geographies




  • 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.


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