Senior Product Developer

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Date: 28-Sep-2020

Location: Southampton, GB

Company: British American Tobacco

Country: United Kingdom
Function: Scientific Research & Development
Level: Experienced Professional
Appointment Type: Permanent

Job Purpose
To lead certain device product development activities within several Tobacco Heating Product (THP) projects towards 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 projects and activities within the NGP product development plan which requires the coordination of internal and external stakeholders in alignment with the Principal Development Managers (THP) and Manufacturing Managers (Supply Chain) to support delivery of the commercial vision for the product are key aspects of this role.
To integrate the THP R&D, Product Stewardship Commercial, Product, Quality and Supply Chain requirements for device and product development and then support those functions during commercialization.
Through the application of sound technical and scientific principals this role ensures that these products are delivered in line with best practices for new product development and are supported by robust science.
Principal Accountabilities

• Manage specific device development activities both within R&D, across the Supply Chain and Commercial functions and with nominated third party suppliers
• Promote relevant technical guidance to GR&D and the THP LT on tobacco heating product and technology developments to ensure that they have the appropriate level of support within the function
• Promote and integrate ways of working within the development team
• Work closely with the Product Development Manager and other core team members to implement project deliveries
• Lead the development activities for the assigned responsibilities within the team
• Support the Product Development Manager, where required
• Lead the engagement with third party test houses to ensure ultimate compliance of devices against required safety standards
• Support solid Intellectual Property (IP) to best protect the product
• With the support of Product/Quality support the implementation of a quality based approach to device design and development in support of the requirements for NPI
• With the support of THP Consumable Product Developers, Sensory team and SP&I lead activities to validate the product in terms of device design and system level performance using internal and external means (e.g. support consumer research panels)
• Ensure that activities supporting the Product Science Plan have been implemented to support the delivery of product into market
• 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 product and/or product modifications
• 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
• Delivery of Development priorities against the plan within assigned responsibility
• Activity/project budget accuracy within assigned responsibility
• Successful career and talent development for direct reports
• Technical understanding and solution implementation to ensure quality, cost and on time delivery
• NGP Management team
• Consumer Product Managers
• Global Procurement, IP, SP&I  and LEX
• Global, Regional & Local NPI teams
• R&D Services Team
• NGP Supply Chain Team
• NGP & Ops Quality teams
• 3rd Party suppliers of device design, materials and services
Skills and Experience

• Degree or equivalent in a science or engineering subject.
• Previous product development experience in a related field
• Ideally has proven experience in the development of mass produced electronic consumer goods
• Planning and implementation skills
• Ability to manage a portfolio of projects
• Knowledge of consumer-product insights and product research and interpretation of data

• Excellent Interpersonal and communication skills; ability to influence key stakeholders up to senior level


Note: at this moment, we are not looking to fill in this position, but, kindly encourage you to apply and, the moment we start recruiting again, you'll be contacted as soon as possible.


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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