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Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) Senior Manager Procurement - Research & Development and Scientific & Regulatory Affairs in Winston Salem, North Carolina

Senior Manager Procurement - Research & Development and Scientific & Regulatory Affairs

Date:Dec 7, 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.


This position reports to the Director of Strategic Sourcing – Indirect Materials and Services for R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJRTC) and is accountable for the end-to-end Procurement process within the assigned functional areas including Research & Development and Scientific & Regulatory Affairs (R&D and S&RA) for one or more operating companies of Reynolds American Inc. (RAI.) This Manager position will lead key strategic sourcing events and lead a team of buyers to manage the Procurement sourcing and supplier relationship management (SRM) activities supporting the assigned functional areas within RAI group.


  • Accountable to lead key sourcing events in addition to managing a team of Procurement buyers.

  • Manages a team of Procurement buyers facilitating the acquisition of materials and services in support of the Procurement sourcing activities within the assigned area of responsibility.

  • Provides leadership and direction to Procurement personnel responsible for the acquisition of materials and services in support of the sourcing requirements related to assigned business functions and categories.

  • Responsible for the leadership, coaching and development of personnel with focus on obtaining individual, departmental, and RAI performance goals.

  • Ensures personnel are adequately trained, developed, motivated, and held accountable for their performance; develops strategies to manage the knowledge base and ensure that the workforce is prepared for future challenges and requirements.

  • Evaluates staff requirements and plans/prepares for needs related to personnel development, training, attrition and succession planning, etc.

  • Ensures compliance with all corporate policies and procedures that are applicable to Procurement and the assigned functional areas along with oversight of outsourced supplier relationships.

  • Conducts business process analysis and prepares documentation, performs internal and external benchmarking efforts to ensure the development and implementation of Procurement best practices.

  • Evaluates Procurement processes, tools and applications to enhance the overall effectiveness of the Procurement organization supporting the RAI group.

  • Develops and implements metrics designed to measure organizational effectiveness and supply base performance, as well as the development of effective tracking and reporting against these metrics.

  • Acts as a liaison with heads of assigned functional areas and internal client departments to develop strategies which support their sourcing requirements for various scientific research projects and product submission timelines and objectives of the RAI group.

  • Maintain appropriate supply base and conducts periodic performance reviews with critical suppliers.

  • Support and contribute to Total Product Cost (TPC) and Enterprise Spend Management (ESM) programs and the identification of cost savings opportunities, effective project management, and tracking of realized savings from these initiatives.

  • Develops advanced sourcing strategies and leads the implementation across the assigned area of responsibility and the related categories and commodities and leads the deployment of sourcing strategies.

  • Manages and participates in leading cross-functional projects and initiatives designed to deliver step changes in the overall effectiveness and efficiencies of the Procurement organization at RJRTC.

  • Ensure that appropriate strategies are applied to mitigate risk through Supplier Risk Assessments and FDA Relevant Assessments of the supply base.



Bachelor’s Degree in Business, or Science related field and 12+ years of relevant work experience in the sourcing of varisous types of scientific studies and regulated product reaearch and development. Experience with processes related to FDA prodcut submissions preferred.


Post Graduate Degree in Business, or Science related field and 9+ years of relevant work experience in the sourcing of various types of scientific studies and regulated product research. Experience with processes related to FDA product submissions preferred.


MBA preferred with less than 8 years relevant experience


  • Minimum 8+ years sourcing experience, relevant scientific knowledge and experience and related education and experience

  • Demonstrated ability to work as a value-added team member

  • Demontrated project management experience

  • Knowledge of RAI Operating Companies and (R&D and S&RA) related regulated processes and strategies


  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to set strategy and direction

  • Demonstrated ability to build effective teams and foster collaboration across business functions and cross-functional teams

  • Ability to make sound and timely decisions in a fast-paced environment

  • Excellent and proven managerial skills with the ability to resolve conflict, provide coaching, direction, feedback, and develop a vision

  • Demonstrated and proven negotiating skills

  • Demonstrated experience negotiating various types of contractual agreements including but not limited to:

    Confidentiality (Non-Disclosure) Agreements Master Services Agreements Job Assignments Discount Agreements Joint Technology Agreements Development Agreements
  • Broad understanding of Procurement categories and/or commodities

  • Strong organizational, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Strong functional knowledge of computers and information systems

  • Self-motivated, energetic, flexible, and adaptable to change


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the sourcing and sourcing strategy of various scientific studies and regulatory projects including but not limited to:

    Non-Clinical Studies Clinical Studies Analytical Chemistry Product Development Agronomy Product Stability Studies Behavioral Research
  • SAP Knowledge ERP

  • Experience with Ariba or Coupa sourcing solutions

  • Experience with Contracting systems

  • Knowledge of overall RAI business and corporate strategies

  • Knowledge of corporate product submissions strategy

  • Knowledge or understanding of FDA regulatory rules regulating tobacco products

  • CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management)


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. The Company reserves the right to change or modify job descriptions and employee job duties.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.

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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