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Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) Senior Scientist Vapor Product Development in Winston Salem, North Carolina

Senior Scientist Vapor Product Development

Date:Oct 9, 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.

Job Summary:

With solid leadership, technical, and creative problem solving skills, this position supports and drives fast-paced product development initiatives for a growing market in support of strategic initiatives.

The position offers the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of challenging and engaging tasks ranging from hands-on design and fabrication of prototype systems and experiments, to co-developing product platforms in collaboration with internal and external engineering/design resources, to establishing wide-reaching project plans and driving timelines and action items. Strong consideration is given to each individual’s strengths and preferences when distributing responsibilities between team members to ensure the best outcomes.

The position involves quickly coming to speed on state-of-the-art technologies and design features related to vapor or other Next Generation Products (NGP), furthering the development or vetting of emerging technologies, and selecting/applying the appropriate technologies and design features to new and/or improved products on the development timeline.

The position relies on collaborating within own function and cross functionally, developing solutions to complex scientific and engineering problems and building technical credibility and influence inside and outside the organization. Creativity and innovative techniques are encouraged to support development and implementation of improved and/or new innovative product platforms, while maintaining high standards of integrity and adhering to all applicable regulations and procedures.

At full potential, the Sr. Scientist will have established a broad perspective on the scope of work required to successfully and efficiently complete the development of new and/or improved product platforms. This perspective will allow autonomy and self-direction to predominate as necessary workstreams and proper prioritization become apparent.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead product development activities including concept development, feasibility analysis, scope definition, cost estimating, requirements development, component/system design, prototype evaluation, product risk/hazard review, specifications development, vendor evaluation, resource allocation, design for manufacturing, design verification, and manufacturing transfer

  • Identify and partner with external suppliers, vendors, and engineering service providers to develop new products and/or components

  • Responsible for identification, vetting, development, and/or application of new technologies, processes, and scientific methods

  • Identifies, develops, and implements initiatives and may act as project lead or project manager

  • May lead or coordinate the work of others

  • Drives continuous process improvement through the ability to recognize unnecessary complexities and process gaps and recommends/implements solutions

  • Develops recommendations and influences stakeholders

  • Leverages broad understanding of Company objectives to derive most applicable project plans or workstreams to support NGP strategies

  • Develops solutions to complex problems

  • Works efficiently in a fast-paced environment

  • Works independently in a mostly self-directed work environment

Job Requirements:


Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) school in a relevant discipline (Other engineering disciplines may be accepted based on experience)


2 or more years relevant design / development experience

2 or more years relevant project leadership experience

Required Skills:

  • Solid application of scientific and engineering principles

  • Project leadership, including prioritizing project workstreams and resources to ensure activities are aligned with timelines and deliverables

  • Ability to effectively coordinate the work of 3rd party support resources

  • Strong Computer skills, including Microsoft Office

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Skills:

  • Design/development of consumer products

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

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

  • Experience working in a regulated environment (food, drug, device, tobacco)

  • Hands-on ability to design/build/test prototype products, product sub-systems, test equipment, and/or specialized test fixtures

  • Working knowledge of product components such as injection molded parts, assembled circuit boards, metal stampings, and/or lithium-ion batteries

  • Ability to thrive in a predominantly self-directed work environment

  • Ability to mentor less experienced technical staff

  • Computer skills including Microsoft Project and SolidWorks CAD

Physical Requirements:

Regular attendance at work.


The above information on this job 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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