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Scientist II, Toxicological Evaluations (Smokeless)
Job purpose and key deliverables
To perform, and coach and manage others to perform legal and toxicological ingredient evaluations 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 Scientist II and a people manager within Toxicology, with responsibility for supporting the Smokeless product category e.g. Swedish style snus. Number of direct reports: 3
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 Centres and Central Product.
Prepare toxicological risk assessments from first principles for the assessment of new ingredients, materials, products or technologies. Approach to task is by selection of appropriate means learned from knowledge and training in the area of Product Knowledge, Applied Toxicology and Quantitative Risk Assessment.
Responsible for the toxicological and legislative evaluation of newly proposed ingredients, materials, products and technologies to ensure stewardship process for innovations is followed under the R&D Policy Framework.
Contribute to defining processes to ensure ‘Best Practice’ is followed and coach and train reports to follow correct process.
Contribute to the development of strategies for toxicological evaluation (including testing requirements) for new categories for review by the senior scientist within Product Stewardship and endorsement by the Product Stewardship Council.
Ensures the confidentiality of all supplier information is maintained to ensure their trust, support and co-operation.
Application of formal project management where required
Plans short-medium term workload for self and team, based on business priorities, and responds to rapid changes in priorities dependent on business need
Allocates resources to ensure that business needs are met
Contributes to the long-term Product Stewardship plan via the CoPlan process.
Understands, promotes and applies their responsibilities under the EH&S policy.
Budget – forecast, plan & track spend for self and team. Adheres to financial process and controls
Provides appropriate technical training, coaching and supervision of team members to enable them to perform their technical roles.
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.
Initiator and lead representative in interactions with specific stakeholder groups, particularly innovation project managers and technical leads.
Initiator or key representative in interactions with external experts advising on matters relating to evaluations
Writes technical reports, publications and presentations for relevant external forums.
Authors and delivers GR&D reports and presentations.
Provides technical training and coaching for team on topics such as Product Stewardship processes and Toxicology.
Identify and suggest changes to operating and stakeholder management procedures for subsequent approval.
Contribute to the development of new working procedures/ methods by objective evidence and validation for Management/ Technical Review
Maintains awareness of Technical developments for business or self-improvements.
Actively monitors regulatory and toxicological status of ingredients used in BAT products.
Support global reformulation exercises if the status of an ingredient changes.
Develops new working procedures by compiling objective evidence and validation for Management/Technical Review.
Relevant science background equivalent to 2nd Degree
The role holder should hold a science degree, most likely in a biological or chemical discipline and an MSc in Toxicology (or other relevant subject) or equivalent.
Active member of a relevant professional body or Technical Institution
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
Strong 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
Evidence of successful team leadership and people management & development skills.
Evidence of success in leading change
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
Some 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
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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