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Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) Master Scientist - Electrical Engineer - Vapor Product Discovery in Winston Salem, North Carolina

Master Scientist - Electrical Engineer - Vapor Product Discovery

Date:Oct 12, 2019

Location:Winston Salem, NC, US


Reynolds American Incorporated 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 with RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company—the second-largest U.S. tobacco company. The company's brands include Newport, Camel and Pall Mall.

Position Description:

With strong leadership and technical expertise, this position supports Company and R&D strategies within the Vapor Systems Discovery group by driving execution and providing electrical engineering guidance to internal and external partners, on both domestic and global projects. This individual will be required to independently evaluate and recommend solutions to complex electromechanical and consumer electronics engineering problems/issues in situations where no direct precedent exists. This individual will execute non-traditional tobacco research programs and projects requiring creative thinking, independent research, and collaboration with other R&D scientists, external academic partners, vendors, and research contractors. This individual will be required to exhibit strong project management, communication, and organizational skills. This individual will be expected to execute technology assessment, proof of concept, and proof of application projects with changing priorities and demanding timelines. This individual must possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to establish collaborative relationships across various functional groups of the global company.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Drive technical progress of new vapor systems in the areas of power control, battery management, and user interaction – particularly leveraging expertise in circuit design, component selection, and software control methodologies.

  • Clearly communicate status, barriers, and direction to project stakeholders and leadership with data-based recommendations in alignment with company and R&D objectives.

  • Clearly communicate technical concepts to non-technical colleagues to aid decision-making.

  • Lead activities including concept development, feasibility analysis, scope definition, cost estimating, prototype evaluation, and performance characterization.

  • Independently evaluate, select, and apply standard engineering techniques, methods, and criteria using good judgment to make recommendations on project direction.

  • Identify and partner with external suppliers, vendors, and engineering service providers to drive test platform development and characterization.

  • Drive improvement through the ability to recognize unnecessary complexities and capability gaps. Proactively drive implementation of strategies to execute resolution.

  • Guides and influences working relationships with suppliers, professional organizations, academia, consultants, etc.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) school in a relevant discipline (Electrical, Electronics, Electromechanical Systems, or other engineering disciplines may be accepted based on experience) plus a minimum of 5 years relevant experience.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience designing and developing complex electromechanical consumer products.

  • Demonstrated technical experience in industry, particularly in consumer electronics.

  • Experience translating User Requirements into Product Requirements and Technical Specifications and developing test plans

  • Project Management skills, including prioritizing project workstreams and resources to ensure activities are aligned with project timeline and business needs.

  • Ability to provide technical coaching/training and feedback.

  • Broad perspective and forward-vision on principles, theories and concepts in scientific function.

  • Ability to work and make decisions with minimal supervision.

  • Understanding of statistical methods for data analysis and measurement system analysis.

  • Strong Computer skills, including Microsoft Office Professional Suite.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Relevant experience may include;

  • Design/development/testing of consumer product goods

  • Electrical circuit and component design, analysis, and evaluation

  • Lithium-ion batteries

  • Small device assembly

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. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of British American Tobacco p.l.c., and the U.S. parent company of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; American Snuff Company, LLC; Niconovum USA, Inc.; Niconovum AB; R. J. Reynolds Vapor Company; Lorillard Licensing Company, LLC; and Reynolds Brands, Inc..

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.

Email: TalentAcquisition@RJRT.com

Nearest Major Market:Winston-Salem

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