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Scientist - Vapor Liquid Product Development

Date: Aug 16, 2019

Location: Winston Salem, NC, US

Company: RAI

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.

Job Summary: 

A primary responsibility of the Scientist – E-liquid Product Development will be to provide scientific support to facilitate development of a range of e-liquids. It is expected that research will encompass a broad range of applicability, including, but not limited to the tobacco product category, most specifically Next Generation Products with the increasingly established harm-reduction potential.  Such products will range from glycerin/propylene glycol-based systems to water-based systems. Products may include tobacco, tobacco extracts including pharmaceutical grade nicotine, as well as non-tobacco and non-nicotine designs. Research and development of e-liquids requires a strong fundamental science background, e.g. Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Food Science and the ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.  RAI is a leader in this category of products.

This position will report through Vapor Product Development (E-liquids) management and will work with others on the team to drive continuous improvement in current products and in designing and developing new products. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


The Scientist – E-liquid Product Development must exhibit strong project management and technical leadership skills. The scientist will be expected to support the execution of multiple projects with changing priorities and aggressive timelines. He/she must be a self-starter, demonstrate competency in creative Discovery and Development and possess excellent communication skills as he/she must be able to work in a diverse, multi-functional project team to accomplish the goals. The incumbent will collaborate across numerous internal functions, as well as with external vendors, in order to deliver successful outcomes within specified timelines.

  • Provide fundamental scientific support to ensure that RAI and associated entities’ brands have a robust pipeline of break-through, consumer-centric products
  • Provide scientific support to advance development across multiple product formats (glycerin, propylene glycol, water-based systems).
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and support project teams to execute new solutions.
  • Provide technical support for commercialization.
  • Ability to engage with stakeholders and external partners.

Job Requirements: 

Education         4 year undergraduate degree plus 3 years’ experience or 6 years relevant progressive experience


  • Prior experience in a consumer goods industry e.g. tobacco, nutraceutical, strongly preferred but not required.
  • Familiarity or experience with some of the following: formulation, manufacturing scale-up, solubility testing
  • Experience with stability/shelf-life studies, microbial challenge studies, solubility studies
  • Experience with calibration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of laboratory instruments and equipment


Required Skills:


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software.
  • Excellent project management, time management, team collaboration, organizational skills
  • Ability to engage with stakeholders and external partners
  • Ability to actively participate in a Team-based environment and collaboratively work in cross functional teams
  • Ability to quickly develop credibility and begin influencing within an organization
  • Ability to travel internationally
  • Strong business and technical writing skills, presentation skills and attention to detail


Preferred Skills:

  • Ability to work and make decisions with minimal supervision
  • Ability to develop and drive key strategies
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills of dependability and credibility
  • Effectively communicate with peers and management
  • Ability to drive collaborative efforts cross-functionally


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.


Only applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly.


Nearest Major Market: Winston-Salem

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