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Title:  Reduced Risk Products Development & Research Manager

Job ID:  19061
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 job holder will work as a member of the Research & Development (R&D) Reduced Risk Products (RRP) team driving creative innovation to meet current and future business requirements as well as wider business strategy. The role requires in depth knowledge and experience of aerosol generating processes and devices to enable technology development, supporting existing and new reduced risk products and processes development.


Included in the key tasks are:

  • Provide the necessary expertise in aerosol generating devices to develop principles, concepts and technical solutions that can be utilised to enhance current and develop future reduced risk products.
  • Assess feasibility of ideas to determine if they have merit in supporting technology strategy including risk reduction, taste, safety/reliability, social acceptability and manufacturability. Ideas can be generated internally (R&D, other functions) or externally from other industries, trade fairs or competitors.
  • Manage development of novel technology from research activities resulting in reports, experimental data, prototypes and Proof of Principle (PoP) models.
  • Work collaboratively with global R&D teams and other RRP team members to ensure that activities are aligned and prioritised and ensure that objectives are met within expected timelines through effective project management.
  • Build and maintain relationships with third party development partners including consultants, industry associations (CORESTA), external laboratories and universities. 
  • Support toxicological and clinical studies as required.
  • Work closely with Intellectual Property teams to maximise JTI Intellectual Property creation from technology development projects and initiatives.


Skills and Knowledge required

  • Advanced degree in a related scientific discipline (Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry or Pharmaceutical Sciences preferred) is required (or equivalent experience).
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience in an electronics, pharmaceutical, chemical or biotechnology R&D environment is required
  • Experience working with aerosol generating devices such as electronic cigarettes, dry powder inhalers, metered dose inhalers, nebulisers and sprays is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and across functional boundaries to complete projects within required timeframes
  • Must be able to provide technical assistance to others in a range of laboratory based activities/techniques
  • Exceptional communication skills; including the ability to effectively translate complex technical concepts to others
  • Highly organised with the ability to manage key projects efficiently and effectively
  • A track record of innovation and Intellectual Property generation and experience with consumer electronic devices is desirable
  • Excellent working knowledge of Windows, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • An aptitude for problem solving
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, prioritising and handling multiple tasks, whilst maintaining attention to detail
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Regular travel mainly within UK/EU, Geneva and Asia.



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