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Title:  Reduced Risk Products Project Manager

Job ID:  21450
Country:  United Kingdom
City:  Weybridge
Professional area:  Research & Development
Contract type:  Permanent
Professional level:  Experienced

JTI is a leading international tobacco company with operations in more than 120 countries. We’re the global owner of world-renowned brands such as Winston, the number two cigarette brand in the world, and Camel (outside the US). Our global brands also include Mevius, LD and Natural American Spirit, and we manufacture the internationally recognized Logic e-cigarette brand and Ploom Tech, a major brand in the heated tobacco category. 
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, we employ over 40’000 people across the globe. We were recently awarded Global Top Employer for the fourth consecutive year with regional Top Employer Certification in Europe #1, Asia #1, North America #1, Africa #2 and Middle East #3. This is recognition of our outstanding talent strategy, energizing culture and commitment to learning and development. 
We are a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies. For more information visit  

Job Requirements


The successful applicant will work as a member of the Research & Development (R&D) Reduced Risks Products (RRP) team providing technical leadership to the design, development, and optimisation of products to meet current and future business requirements as well as wider business strategy. This role requires the generation and implementation of proprietary designs in the development of novel products from concept to final commercialisation.


Included in the key tasks are:


  • Lead the design, validation, specification and implementation of new product development collaborating with cross functional teams
  • Provide the necessary expertise to develop acceptable products/prototypes in line with project objectives and business requirements
  • Assess industrial design of product features for manufacturability and recommend suitable processes, equipment, etc.
  • Work with suppliers to define and refine tooling, fixtures and establish capability
  • Develop product design controls and perform to meet schedule milestone commitments
  • Support transfer of new products into live manufacture
  • Support continuous product improvement, including root cause analysis, corrective action plans, cost optimisation, implementation of new manufacturing techniques, etc.
  • Seek to maximise Intellectual Property creation


Skills and Knowledge required


  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Design Engineering, Electrical Engineering or closely related major engineering disciplines
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience preferably working in development roles in the consumer electronics industry
  • Proven product design experience in consumer electronic products within a Quality Management System framework
  • Communicate and collaborate well with cross-functional team members and external partners, be able to efficiently collaborate with team members to achieve project goals and timelines, and contribute positively to the R&D community
  • Exceptional communication skills; including the ability to effectively translate complex technical concepts to others
  • Work effectively under high levels of pressure and demanding time lines
  • Highly organised with the ability to manage key projects efficiently and effectively
  • Experience developing manufacturing processes with Far East suppliers is highly desirable
  • A track record of innovation and Intellectual Property generation and experience with consumer electronic devices is desirable
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, other languages especially Mandarin/Cantonese or Japanese are desirable
  • The role will require regular travel and in particular to Geneva, China and Japan



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