Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) Sr. Product Management Engineer in NC, North Carolina

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Date:Mar 18, 2017

Location:Winston-Salem, NC, US


Reynolds American Incorporated (NYSE: RAI) 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 RAI, 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.

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

This position is the specification owner and primary point of contact for in-market vapor products. The position also works with cross functional teams on the development of new / improved vapor products, also known as e-cigarettes or Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). ENDS products are electro-mechanical consumer devices that produce vapor from e-liquids. Design of ENDS products require integrated systems engineering from a team of multiple engineering disciplines (electrical, mechanical, software, chemical, and materials engineering). Product Management Engineers work with a team in the understanding of current ENDS products and development of future ENDS products. RAII intends to be the leader in this category of products.

ENDS products are regulated by the FDA since August 2016. This position will work with RAI’s Scientific and Regulatory Affairs group to ensure compliance with regulations.

This position will report to a Director in Innovations Product Development and will work with others on this team to drive continuous improvement in current products and in designing and developing new products.

Accountabilities/Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Project / program management, development of use cases, test plans & strategies, product requirements and specifications.

  • Ability to work cross functionally and lead project teams to execute new product and packaging solutions.

  • This position will work with RAI’s Scientific and Regulatory Affairs group to develop necessary documentation and reporting required by regulation.

  • Act as project manager for product development activities including concept development, feasibility analysis, scope definition, cost estimating, specification and drawing development, prototype evaluation, product risk/hazard review, vendor evaluation, resource allocation, development of manufacturing options, transition and commercialization testing, and implementation.

  • Provide technical product support during the start-up and qualification of new equipment, processes, vendors, and suppliers.

  • Drive continuous process improvement through the ability to recognize unnecessary complexities and process gaps, and proactively drive implementation of strategies to execute effective solutions.

Job Requirements:

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) school in a relevant discipline (Chemical, Electrical, Materials, Mechanical, or other disciplines may be accepted based on experience).

Required Skills:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and ability to learn application specific software for Product Data Management (PDM)

  • Excellent project management, time management, team collaboration, and organizational skills

  • Ability to engage with stakeholders and external partners

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

  • Ability to quickly develop credibility and begin influencing within an organization

  • Ability to work and thrive in an environment of uncertainty and quickly adapt to change

  • Excellent people and communication skills

  • Ability to travel internationally

Relevant Experience and Preferred Skills:

  • Familiarity with Risk/Hazards Assessment, FMEA, FMECA, HACCP, Validation, or other assessment tools/methods

  • Prior experience with consumer product development

  • Prior work in a FDA regulated environment (food, drug, device, tobacco)

The Ideal Candidate will possess:

  • Ability to work and make decisions with minimal supervision

  • Ability to develop and drive key strategies

  • Effective oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills of dependability and credibility

  • Effectively communicate with peers and management

  • Broad engineering expertise to design and commercialize complex electro-mechanical ENDS products

  • Ability to drive collaborative efforts cross-functionally

Compensation/Targeted Bonus

  • Competitive Annual Salary

  • Targeted Annual Bonus

  • Relocation assistance available for those who qualify.

Benefit Summary

Our company offers very competitive compensation and 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

  • 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. (NYSE: RAI) is the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; American Snuff Company, LLC; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; Niconovum USA, Inc.; Niconovum AB; and R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company.

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.

Onlyapplicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly.



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