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Reynolds American Lead Manager Leaf in Winston Salem, North Carolina

Lead Manager Leaf

Reynolds American is evolving at a pace 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 the change!



FUNCTION: Operations

LOCATION: Winston Salem, NC


Reports to

Director Regional Leaf Sourcing

Number of Direct Reports


Core Relationships

InternalSR&D, QA, ESG

External – Farmer contractors

Geographic Scope


Travel Required

50 to 75%

The Leaf Station Manager position is responsible for the daily operations of assigned flue-cured and burley tobacco receiving warehouses in North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and/or Tennessee. Extensive leaf tobacco knowledge is required. Position accountabilities include the following: working with warehouse operators to schedule daily tobacco deliveries, visiting farms to engage contract tobacco growers on industry issues, operating our proprietary tobacco buying systems, and learning internal standard operating procedures. Assessing grower tobacco quality against internal standards and grading tobacco farmer tobacco, assessing overall crop quality, and projecting remaining season receipts. This position also assists Leaf Agronomy on implementation and development of leaf projects.


  • Schedule and supervise farmer leaf deliveries leadingng leaf sampling, and all leaf buying in assigned stations.

  • Identify, evaluate, and contract growers to fill RAI leaf requirements.

  • Communicate daily crop conditions, grade projections and volumes to Area Leaf Directors to improve and handle crop utilization. Communicate market trends, driven tendencies, and grower feedback to Leaf Directors.

  • Negotiate and arbitrate grower price disputes.

  • Guarantee accurate grading and pricing of leaf tobacco to achieve uniformity with other receiving stations.

  • Handle contract receiving station under applicable laws governing contracting of agricultural products.

  • Participate on special projects with the Sr. Manager Contract Programs, Leaf Agronomy, Research and Development and Area Directors.

  • Implement strategies to optimize leaf quality and minimize total costs in assigned areas.

  • Lead contract receiving station personnel and communicate relevant business information and instructions to them.

  • Complete implementation of initiatives built by Leaf Management that transform and convey RAI Total Tobacco Concept within grower supply base.

  • Supervise crop trends to assist in strategically leveraging crop/grade conditions.

  • Assist Area Directors in deployment of offshore buying programs (as applicable).

  • Support implementation of programs to ensure compliance with Company EHS polices, Company Safety Rules and regulatory requirements.

  • Implement programs to support achieving Company EHS and ESG objectives.


  • Do you have tobacco leaf knowledge and/or leaf buying experience?

  • Do you have strong people management and partner leadership skills?

  • Are you open to working a large majority of your time in different locations?


  • 4 to 7 years of experience in leaf buying/grading/packing leaf tobacco.

  • High school diploma or associate degree in agriculture or BS in business or agronomy field.

  • Possess a working knowledge of agronomic aspects of growing tobacco.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

  • Proficiency with basic computer programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

  • Knowledge of multiple tobacco types: flue-cured, burley, oriental, dark and dark-fired tobaccos.

  • Working knowledge of leaf blending and processing.

  • Adaptability, flexible nature, and willingness to work in a constantly changing environment.

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Excel & Power Point).

  • Responsible for operational integration of EHS programs that result in reduction of health & safety risk and environmental impacts.

  • Understand responsibilities for compliance with regulatory requirements and Company standards.

  • Complete EHS-required training. Participate in EHS programs as required by assigned site/role (e.g., PULSAR safety observation program, Safety Triggers).

  • Leaf sensory skill.

  • International leaf buying/leaf packing.


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.