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Sr Staff Scientist - Consumer Perceptions

Date: Feb 9, 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.

This position is within Reynolds American Services Company—a subsidiary that provides support services, including compliance, HR, law, finance, information management, and more to all of the subsidiaries of RAI.


This position will assist in the development of enterprise-wide strategies and advocacy efforts as they relate to FDA engagement on regulatory science, in particular the social and behavioral sciences. Through leadership and technical expertise, this position supports projects and programs aligned with scientific strategies for regulatory submissions related to new and existing products.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Apply evidence-based, effective, and innovative scientific and/or statistical principles to address complex regulatory requirements for product submissions in the area of consumer perceptions and behavioral intentions.

Contribute to the existing departmental scientific and methodological expertise by identifying and assessing emerging theories and methodologies and applying gained expertise to meet research objectives that align with strategic goals.  

Assist in the development of tactical plans that support research strategies and advocacy efforts including collaborating with both internal and external stakeholders across a broad set of disciplines and contexts.

Support, develop, and execute consumer perceptions and behavioral intentions research efforts that support regulatory submissions for current and future products.


Job Requirements:


Graduate degree in public health, behavioral sciences, or related field required.  Advanced graduate degree preferred.



Minimum 2 years of relevant research experience


Required Skills: 

Experience in consumer perceptions and behavioral intentions research;

Broad understanding of the tobacco category;

Experience with the FDA regulatory environment and regulatory submissions;

Strong ability to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to both known and new information;

Ability to identify and analyze data aligned with regulatory strategies;

Demonstrated ability to manage and execute multiple projects, as well as to complete multiple projects efficiently and on schedule;

Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team;

Excellent verbal and written communication, including technical writing; and,

Ability to critically assess the scientific literature and provide written summaries.


Preferred Skills:

Relevant tobacco industry experience;

Expertise in both quantitative and qualitative study design and analytic methods; and, 

Experience in cognitive testing and survey item tracking.

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.

Telephone: 262-439-1893


Nearest Major Market: Winston-Salem

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