Job Title:  Internship (Undergraduate) - Sensory Science

Job Number:  14342

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.
Background and reason for hire:
·         The sensory and technical insight team in Southampton is a core element delivering product insights needed to design and optimise cutting edge innovation in our industry,
·         With the continued focus of R&D being on the newest innovation and continued speed of innovation a crucial part of there is a huge need for the business to gain more of an early read of product design and function.
·         The sensory function will have a dedicated state of the art facility on the Southampton site, this will have 2 rooms available for product testing in a research mode with consumers, as well as a room which will be used for expert smoking sessions.
·         The responsibility of this role will be to be a member of a vibrant sensory and technical insight team, evaluating innovations and competition products across all nicotine subcategories (combustibles, vaping, Tobacco heating, oral).
·         Through our technical insight consumer database, we are targeting to deliver over 1 project per week, along with 1 online survey per month – this role will have responsibility for executing and reporting on these projects.
  • Openminded, inquisitive and questioning person, who is interested in finding out the ‘why’ to go with the ‘what’
  • Psychology degree or marketing degree with an interest in market research or Sensory scientist

  • Running product and concept research from writing the briefs, generating proposals, partnering with agencies, client meetings through to ensuring the delivery of the insight is accurate and compelling.
  • Executing sensory panels across the campus, across all product types – combustible, Vaping, tobacco heating products, and oral nicotine. This will include planning personnel, devices, consumables and writing questionnaires.
  • Report writing, using both qualitative and quantitative data to provide a descriptive and actionable story to product developers.
  • Presentation writing and delivery of findings to internal clients.
The intern will take away:
·         High levels of product knowledge across current and emerging product categories.
·         Sensory knowledge, best practice methodology, statistics and report writing.
·         Questionnaire design experience
·         Moderation and facilitation experience
·         Sensory panel management
  • Example: BAT’s Business and Leadership Capabilities
  • Successful execution of project (including the numbers and quality of projects)
  • Insights delivered to the business – which are actioned
  • Integration into the ExSense platform
  • Product knowledge – understanding and articulation
• 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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