RJ Reynolds Tobacco Jobs

Mobile RJ Reynolds Logo

Job Information

Reynolds American Director Strategic Public Health Stakeholder Management in Washington, District Of Columbia

Director Strategic Public Health Stakeholder Management

Reynolds American is evolving at a pace - truly like no other organization.

To achieve the ambition, we have set for ourselves, we are looking for colleagues who are ready to live our ethos every day. Come be a part of this journey!



FUNCTION: Scientific & Public Health Affairs, Scientific Research & Development

LOCATION: Washington DC


Reports to

SVPScientific & Public Health Affairs

Number of Direct Reports


Core Relationships

Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Global Life Sciences, Product Development, Marketing, Legal and External Affairs

Geographic Scope

US - local

Travel Required


The Director for Strategic Stakeholder Managementwill contribute to building a newly created US Scientific and Public Health Affairs programwith the aim of advancing Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR).The primary responsibilities of this role are to (1) independently evaluate, assess, and summarize the current environment, science, public health policies and goals, and help develop evidence-based strategic initiatives (2) build, strengthen and manage relationships with external stakeholders focused on engagements related to THR and reduced risk product-related science and impact (3) execute multiple initiatives and track them against clear objectives and department goals.This role will establish cross-functional partnerships and build relationships with internal and external partners to help drive alignment on key issues and the scientific & public health function’s strategy and plans. This person will maintain high scientific standards and integrity, while adhering to all applicable regulations and procedures. This is an opportunity to be a part of a new team and help build a new strategy and program, during an exciting transformative time at the company whose new mission is focused on a future smokeless world. It is a chance to make a difference in a significant way.


  • Help build a strategic and impactful public health affairs program focused on THR and non-combustible reduced risk products.

  • Drive and manage the execution of US scientific & public health affairs’ engagement program and plans on THR.

  • Help build stakeholder relationships and engagement programs that reach critical stakeholder communities and thought leaders in the healthcare/medical, scientific, and public health communities.

  • Identify and work with academics and a variety of stakeholders and thought leaders to bring critical knowledge and feedback into the public health and policy programs.

  • Identify and build strategic partnerships and opportunities with relevant external NGOs and potential public health community groups.

  • Work with third party vendors to develop tools and ways to analyse and understand knowledge gaps and stakeholder misperceptions and, develop evidence-based outreach to address these.

  • Develop initiatives, plans, activities, and engagements that take ground-breaking science and transform it into education that advances new understanding on THR among key public health, medical and scientific audiences externally.

  • Author and/or co-author science, public health and policy articles that help educate key stakeholder audiences via multiple communication platforms.

  • Use data analytics and insights tools to inform, develop and track strategies, plans, initiatives and stakeholders.

  • Forecast and manage program budgets and negotiate contracts and vendor budgets in collaboration with procurement.

  • Establish cross-functional partnerships internally and collaborate withGlobal Life Sciences, Corporate Communications, Regulatory Affairs, Legal and External Affairs, and other relevant functions.

  • Represent the company at various forums, events, committees, and other relevant engagements.


  • MD or, PhD in public health, health & allied sciences, biology or other relevant science disciplines with a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience in a in a public health organization, relevant NGO or regulated industry.

  • Expertise and experience in translating science into impactful communications for different external and internal audiences.

  • Strong engagement, verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interface with other functions within and external to the Company.

  • Demonstrated capacity to quickly accumulate and apply broad, cross-functional scientific and business knowledge.

  • Good influencing skills, project management skills, with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Strong ability to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to ambiguous or complex scientific challenges.

  • Excellent organizational and presentation skills, with the ability to interface with senior level management and other functions within and external to the Company.

  • Experience working with and managing third party strategic and tactical vendors specific to this sub-function.

  • Knowledge of tobacco harm reduction public health research and nicotine science is a plus.

  • Experience working in a regulated industry, such as tobacco/nicotine, food/supplements/ingredients or pharmaceuticals is a plus.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and execute multiple projects often under heightened time constraints.

  • Responsiveness to time-sensitive deliverables and versatility in a fast-paced environment


At Reynolds American, we are committed to our Purpose of creating A Better Tomorrow. This is what drives our people and our passion for innovation. See what is possible for you at REYNOLDS AMERICAN.

  • Global Top Employer with 53,000 British American Tobacco employees across more than 180 markets

  • Great Place to Work Certified

  • Brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries

  • Newly established Tech Hubs building world-class capabilities for innovation in four strategic locations

  • Diversity leader in the Financial Times and International Women’s Day Best Practice winner

  • Seal Award winner – one of 50 most sustainable companies


Have you been on a career break for 18 months or longer? Are you ready to return to your career? If your answers to these questions is yes, we would love to hear from you. Regardless of why you took a break, we value you for all the skills you can bring to the workforce. Reignite your career, work flexibly, be part of a dynamic team and upskill yourself with on-the-job training and development support.

Collaboration, diversity and teamwork underpin everything we do here at Reynolds American. We know that collaborating with colleagues from different backgrounds is what makes us stronger and best prepared to meet our business goals. Come bring your difference!


Benefit Information

The following is a general summary of the competitive compensation and benefit plans we offer:

  • 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

  • Company contributes an additional three percent to 401(k) whether employee participates or not

  • Comprehensive health- and welfare-benefits package (including medical, dental, vision, and prescription drugs)

  • Health Savings Account start-up contribution for employees who elect the high deductible health plan

  • Flexible spending accounts for both Health Care and Dependent Care allowing employee to use pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified expenses during the calendar year

  • Employee assistance program offering 8 free counselling sessions, per issue, each calendar year for employees and their dependents

  • Company paid life insurance of 1x annual base pay ($50,000 minimum)

  • Company paid accidental death or dismemberment insurance of 2x annual base pay ($50,000 minimum)

  • Voluntary insurances offered at group rates: employee and dependent life insurance, AD&D insurance, critical illness, accident coverage, disability buy-up, and auto & home insurance

  • Tuition reimbursement and student loan support

  • Dependent Scholarship Programs

  • Free confidential personal financial counselling service

  • On-site health centers and 24/7 fitness centers at certain company locations

  • A charitable giving matching grants program that enables employees to direct and double their donations to qualifying charitable organizations of their choice

  • Health-care concierge service

  • Volunteer service opportunities

  • Extensive training opportunities

  • Company vehicle for eligible employees

  • Mobile phone allowance for eligible employees

  • Paid Leave:

  • Sick and Personal Time (exempt employees may be excused with pay for brief absences; non-exempt employees receive up to 6 days)

  • Vacation (levels Below Senior Director receive 15 days (pro-rated during first year of service); Senior Director and Officers receive 25 days (pro-rated during first year of service)).

  • Holidays (Nine company recognized and two annual personal holidays to be used at the employee’s discretion)

  • Paid Parental Leave + temporary reduced work schedule opportunity

  • Funeral Leave

  • Short-Term Disability Leave

  • Long-Term Disability Leave

  • Jury Duty Leave

  • Military Leave

  • Released Time for Children’s Education

  • Community Outreach Leave

  • Other paid leave benefits, as required by state or local law

Our organization offers a level of challenge, responsibility, and creativity for motivated employees who want to grow their careers. We are also committed to employing a diverse workforce and valuing different perspectives, experiences, and talents to improve the company's potential for optimally achieving its business objectives!

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 age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Only applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly via email at TalentAcquisition@RJRT.com.