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12 months Undergraduate - Sensory Science
Job purpose and key deliverables
British American Tobacco
is a global tobacco and Next Generation Products company with brands sold in over 200 markets. We have offices all around the world and have long played a significant role in the local communities where we operate across the globe. We are proud that we are frequently rated in many countries as a top employer. Our employees come from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and our business benefits from the breadth of ideas and experiences they bring.
Traditional tobacco products are our core business. However, we are also committed to developing and selling potentially less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes. These Next Generation Products (NGPs) include Vapour Products, like e-cigarettes, and Tobacco Heating Products.
Research and Development
We make significant investments in research and development to deliver innovations that satisfy or anticipate consumer needs and generate growth for the business. We also have an extensive scientific research programme in a broad spectrum of scientific fields including molecular biology, toxicology and chemistry.
Traditionally our research efforts have focused on conventional cigarettes, understanding the chemistry of cigarette smoke, identifying toxic constituents (toxicants), understanding smoking behaviour and developing prototype products and technologies with the aim of reducing levels of smoke toxicants. In recent years, we have expanded our focus to emerging product categories, such as e-cigarettes and Tobacco Heating Products, gaining new expertise and experiences in areas such as materials science, formulation chemistry and engineering.
About the Placement Scheme
In the UK, we offer 12-months placement - starting 3rd September 2018 - 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 responsibilities may include:
Planning and executing sensory research experiments
Working with sensory panelists
Use of statistics to analyze and evaluate data
Presenting and reporting updates and recommendations to the team and senior project stakeholders and coordinating the implementation of agreed actions.
Enhancing transferable skills, such as communication, organisation and time management
Salary of £16,000 per annum
Subsidised gym membership (£15 per month)
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 in Southampton
Applications will open in November. A list of the placement opportunities and links to apply can be found at our website:
Applications for multiple roles will be accepted.
If you wish to be considered for any of the roles please ensure that you application is in by at the very latest the 5th January 2018. Early applications are recommended and roles may be filled as suitable candidates are identified (potentially before the 5th January 2018 final closing date).
Further information on the science carried out at British American Tobacco can be seen at
We are looking for an undergraduate in Food Science, Nutrition, Chemosensory, Psychology, Natural Sciences or related subjects with a keen interest in sensory science and consumer research to support the team in developing new sensory methods and techniques for driving consumer understanding.
Additionally, candidates will need to have:
Current attendance on 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
Working at BAT
British American Tobacco
is all about freedom of choice — whether it’s our people or our products. Combined with our entrepreneurial spirit, it’s what’s driven our phenomenal success. We started trading tobacco over a hundred years ago. Today, we’re a multibillion dollar company with more than 200 brands in our portfolio. With robust positions in each of our regional markets, our future looks equally bright too.
There’s no doubt our industry is controversial — we’re the first to admit that. But rest assured, we take a responsible approach to our trade. In each of our markets, we observe every local law regarding tobacco (in many cases going further through our own voluntary code). Not only that, we treat our farmers fairly, invest in the environment and help to sustain local communities.
We also excel at developing our own people into leaders of the future. As a firm with a high-performance culture, we’ll expect a lot from you. But we’ll support you every step of the way to help you deliver. If you’re passionate and ambitious, rapid career progression is a reality here. And because we’re such a large firm (we employ more than 55,000 people worldwide), there are plenty of exciting opportunities for you to develop a truly extraordinary career.
British American Tobacco (Investments) Ltd
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