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Date: 23-Oct-2020
Location:Southampton, GB
Company: British American Tobacco
Country: United Kingdom
Location: Southampton
Function: Scientific 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 1st of September 2021 - 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.

Job purpose

An intern is required to support/manage a number of key science activities/projects, which will build product science understanding to underpin and enable the development and continuous improvement of New Category products. The responsibility of this role would be to scope and define studies, conduct/support testing, analyse data, write reports providing recommendations and outcomes to support product development. Additionally, you will be responsible for generating data that will support the assessment of new technologies and products to support commercialisation.


An undergraduate/graduate degree course in chemistry or material science related disciplines with the ability to conduct experiments and investigate science from first principles.

Key skills required

  • To have understanding on designing and conducting scientific experimental studies which are robust, while building technical capability and fundamental product knowledge.
  • To be able to deliver technical reviews (presenting), focused on key outcomes that enable advancements in product development, in a challenging development focused environment.
  • To have skills in reviewing scientific challenges from first principles, resulting in proposing the ways to address, in a time pressured environment.
  • To have experience in writing scientific reports.
  • To have skills in project management, time management which can be transferred to an R&D environment.


  • Salary of £18,200 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

If you wish to be considered for any of the roles please ensure that your application is in by at the very latest the 14th of November 2020. Early applications are recommended and roles may be filled as suitable candidates are identified (potentially before the 14th of November final closing date).
Further information on the science carried out at British American Tobacco can be seen at
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)
Job Segment: Chemistry, Toxicology, Intern, Product Development, Science, Entry Level, Research
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