Scientist, Smokeless Product Development

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Apr 20, 2021
May 05, 2021
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Reynolds American Incorporated is positively transforming the tobacco industry. We're a family of companies that strives for success in everything we do. The future inspires us because our people are igniting the breakthroughs that are redefining the ways adult tobacco consumers enjoy tobacco in the 21st century.

When other companies talk about growth, they only talk about size. At Reynolds American, we focus on the growth of our people. We take pride in each other's growth and well-being throughout our careers. We invest in your career and total well-being because we know our companies succeed when our people thrive.


Reynolds American Inc. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of British American Tobacco p.l.c., and the U.S. parent company of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; American Snuff Company, LLC; Modoral Brands, Inc.; R. J. Reynolds Vapor Company; Lorillard Licensing Company, LLC; Reynolds Brands, Inc.; and Vuse Stores LLC. This position is with [[custContractualLE]].

Here, you'll have the opportunity to work on iconic brands and revolutionary products by collaborating with visionary, principled and passionate people every day.

RJRT R&D - Scientist - Next Generation Oral Products

Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE: RAI) is the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; American Snuff Company LLC.; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc., and R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company. RAI is a wholly owned subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT).

The employees of RAI and its subsidiaries are committed to innovation with purpose: transforming the tobacco industry. Our employees are invited and expected to think and act boldly - and are rewarded for it. Our people drive the innovation and ignite the thought leadership that is transforming an entire industry.

We offer employment opportunities with a meaningful purpose, and employees are empowered to make a difference as soon as they join the team. It's an exciting, creative, and fast-paced environment.

Job Summary:

This position utilizes creativity and technical knowledge to support the development and implementation of improved and / or new innovative products. The Scientist role collaborates within sub-function as well as with internal and global cross-functional teams on project assignments, establishing relationships and building technical knowledge.

Position Description:

The primary responsibility of a Scientist in the Global Next Generation Oral Product Development Group will be to support development activities for a range of oral use products. It is expected that development will encompass a broad range of product offerings, more specifically Next Generation Oral Products with increasingly established harm-reduction potential. Such products will range from modern variants of pouched products through completely new to world oral products. Development of oral use products requires a strong fundamental science background (e.g. Food Science, Applied Materials, Chemistry, Technology) and the ability to work in a fast-paced team environment including strong project management skills.

This position will report through the Next Generation Oral Product Development management and will work with others on the global team to support and drive development of new and improved characteristics in current products as well as the development of new to world concepts.

Accountabilities/Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The Scientist - must exhibit strong project management and technical skills. The scientist will be expected to support the execution of multiple projects with changing priorities and aggressive timelines. He/she must be a self-starter, demonstrate competency in creative developmental processes and possess excellent communication skills as he/she must be able to work in diverse, multi-functional project teams. The incumbent will collaborate across numerous internal functional groups (both domestically and globally), as well as with external vendors, to deliver successful outcomes within specified timelines.

  • Supports the science-based design and development activities across multiple product formats

  • Collaborates, identifies, develops and supports the implementation of new technologies, processes and associated science

  • Ability to work cross-functionally and support diverse project teams to execute new solutions

  • Provide technical support for commercialization

  • Ability to engage with stakeholders and external partners

Job Requirements:

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Food Chemistry / Science / Technology / Applied Materials or similar experience.

Relevant Experience and Preferred Skills:

  • Prior experience in the consumer goods industry (e.g. food, nutraceutical, pharma) strongly preferred but not required

  • Familiarity or experience with some of the following: flavoring, blending / mixing / processing of powder, formulations, emulsions, encapsulation, delivery technologies and other product forms as well as reaction chemistry and functional ingredients.

Required Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

  • Excellent project management skills including prioritizing and managing assignments to ensure activities are aligned with project timelines

  • Ability to actively participate in a global team-based environment and collaboratively work in cross functional teams

  • Is dependable and possesses the ability to quickly develop product understanding, credibility and influencing skills

  • Possesses strong writing and presentation skills as well as attention to detail

The Ideal Candidate will possess:

  • Ability to work independently and with collaborative teams

  • Make decisions and take the appropriate action with minimal supervision

  • Ability to support and drive initiatives and key strategies

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills of dependability and credibility

Compensation/Targeted Bonus

  • Competitive Annual Salary

  • Targeted Annual Bonus

  • Relocation assistance available for those who qualify.

Benefit Summary

Our company offers very competitive benefit plans, including:

  • 401(k) plan that offers opportunity to save on pre- and post-tax basis up to 50 percent of eligible compensation. Company matches 100 percent of employee pre-tax/Roth (401k) contributions up to six percent

  • Comprehensive health- and welfare-benefits package

  • Eleven paid company holidays annually, plus a generous paid vacation plan based on length of service

  • Company-paid sick and personal days, funeral leave and jury duty leave; Also Parental leave/Reduced Work Schedule

  • Confidential personal financial counseling service

  • On-site health clinics and fitness centers

  • A matching grants program that enables employees to direct and double their donations to qualifying charitable organizations of their choice

  • Health-care advocacy service

  • Volunteer service opportunities

  • Federal credit union membership through Allegacy Federal Credit Union

  • Extensive training opportunities

Reynolds American Inc. and its affiliated companies is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Our organization offers a level of challenge, responsibility and creativity for motivated employees that stands apart from the crowd.

We are also committed to employing a diverse workforce and valuing different perspectives, experiences and talents to maximize the company's potential for successfully achieving its business objectives.

Only applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly via email at

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