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Senior Scientist, Toxicological Evaluations (Smokeless)
Job purpose and key deliverables
To provide leadership and direction for the functional work programme to support the delivery of multiple scientific (toxicological) and legal projects in accordance with guidelines from the Product Stewardship Council (PSC) in line with the R&D Policy Framework, Corporate Positions and specific legislation.
The role is both a Senior Scientist and a people manager within Toxicology, with responsibility for supporting the Smokeless product category e.g. Swedish style snus. Number of direct reports is 1, who has a further 3 direct reports
The role holder must actively monitor the budgetary spend within the team, predominantly for travel, continuing professional development and consultancy on Toxicology topics (approx. £50,000), and contribute towards planning and managing the departmental budget.
The role holder interacts with R&D project managers and technical leads, all manufacturing sites (>60) as well as our suppliers (on confidential recipe information) and consultant Toxicologists
The role holder is expected to be a Product Stewardship champion in the wider business and specifically when representing Product Stewardship in project meetings with R&D functions, Regional Product Centers and Central Product.
The role holder will manage the team and the different requests coming for the Smokeless category. The role holder will also provide guidance in the prioritisation process and manage the communication with the different stakeholders
Prepare risk assessments as part of the toxicological evaluation of new ingredients, technologies and materials in support of smokeless projects.
Generate toxicological risk assessment to support Consumer studies as required.
Support the creation and development of strategies for maximising the value of potential products and technologies (potentially through acquisitions) through early assessment of their compatibility with BAT stewardship approaches and standards.
Support the development of strategies for toxicological evaluation for new categories of smokeless products or challenging existing processes and procedures for endorsement by the PSC.
Ensures the confidentiality of all supplier information is maintained to ensure their trust, support and co-operation.
Applies knowledge in a broad range of key technical areas to determine direction.
Ensures due process is followed under the R&D Policy Framework.
Prioritises work and manages Team resources to deliver on key business as usual and innovation activities
Application of formal project management.
Planning –long term work streams.
Understands, promotes and applies their responsibilities under the EH&S policy.
Budget –Budget Responsibility. Adheres to all financial processes and controls.
Provide technical training and coaching for members of Product Stewardship
Recognised as internal expert to BAT in the stewardship assessment of new projects including potential acquisitions.
Recognised as an internal expert to BAT in the toxicological risk assessment products across all categories and the processes required to align newly developed technologies to BAT stewardship best practices and governance
Provide consultancy on technical issues.
Champions the continuing professional development of team members, and supports the Product Stewardship talent pipeline.
Identifies and improves working practices to meet organisational changes and business needs.
Provides consultancy on technical issues both externally and internally to R&D.
Internal and external peer review of technical reports, publications and presentations.
Author and deliver R&D and PSC reports and presentations.
May participate in BAT engagement with the scientific and regulatory communities.
The role holder will regularly interact with BAT managers and scientists, as well as our suppliers (on confidential recipe information), Contract Research Organizations, Tobacco Industry Toxicologists along with Toxicologists working in other industries and fields of expertise.
Propose process improvements based on awareness of business needs, toxicology and operational requirements
Relevant science background equivalent to 2nd Degree
Professional/academic achievement in the area of Toxicology and related sciences equivalent to 2nd Degree (e.g. biology, chemistry or related discipline) and a 2nd Degree in Toxicology or equivalent.
In depth understanding of the principles of Toxicology and Risk Assessment
Sound technical background in toxicological assessment of Tobacco, Nicotine Products, food products, cosmetics or other relevant industry sector of consumer goods.
Maintains active awareness and understanding of technical developments in the areas relevant to evaluations, including changing toxicological guidance and legislation relating to tobacco, nicotine products, food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and other consumer goods
Strong understanding of Product Stewardship/Consumer safety processes
Experience of managing business critical processes.
Extensive experience in quantitative toxicological risk assessment
Product knowledge gained from working in the Tobacco, Nicotine products, Food, Cosmetics, Consumer goods and/or Pharmaceutical Industry
Maintains awareness of innovation projects in at least one product category and timelines in order to direct work priorities
Awareness of consumer trends and insights and how they influence and drive new product development
Proven team leadership and people management & development skills.
Demonstrated success in leading change
Strong stakeholder engagement and networking skills
Strong written, oral and presentation communication skills
Strong team player who collaborates with peers to share resource to support critical projects and deliverables
Pro-active engagement with Product Stewardship managers and Project managers, particularly on projects risks and issues.
Positive ‘can do’ attitude and effective problem solver
Regulatory experience gained from working in the Tobacco, Food, Cosmetics and/or Pharmaceutical Industry
Knowledge of tobacco ingredients legislation
Strong knowledge of BAT’s product development processes and how they link with Product Stewardship
Expert knowledge of the product design features for at least 1 category of products in the BAT portfolio
Strategy and planning skills
Working at BAT
British American Tobacco (www.bat.com) is a market leading, global organisation with a long, established history and a bright and dynamic future. Thanks to our people we have continued to deliver growth and exceed expectations in an increasingly complex and challenging marketplace.
Our aim is to become the leading tobacco company in each of our markets by providing excellent products with confidence and responsibility expected of global consumer brands.
If you have the talent and motivation to help us succeed you’ll find we are equally committed to helping you reach your full potential too.
British-American Tobacco (Holdings) Ltd
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