Scientist II - Toxicological Evaluations

Competitive Salary Dependent on Experience
08 Sep 2017
08 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

We have an excellent opportunity for a Scientist II - Toxicological Evaluations to join our Scientific Product Stewardship Department within our Research & Development function in Southampton.

The main purpose of this role is to perform, and coach and manage others to perform legal and toxicological ingredient evaluations in accordance with guidelines from the Product Stewardship Council (PSC in line with the R&D Policy Framework, Corporate Positions and specific legislation


  • Prepare toxicological risk assessments from first principles for the assessment of new ingredients, materials, products or technologies.  Approach to task is by selection of appropriate means learned from knowledge and training in the area of Product Knowledge, Applied Toxicology and Quantitative Risk Assessment.
  • Responsible for the toxicological and legislative evaluation of newly proposed ingredients, materials, products and technologies to ensure stewardship process for innovations is followed under the R&D Policy Framework.
  • Contribute to defining processes to ensure ‘Best Practice’ is followed and coach and train reports to follow correct process.
  • Contribute to the development of strategies for toxicological evaluation (including testing requirements) for new categories for review by the senior scientist within Product Stewardship and endorsement by the Product Stewardship Council.
  • Ensures the confidentiality of all supplier information is maintained to ensure their trust, support and co-operation.
  • Application of formal project management where required
  • Plans short-medium term workload for self and team, based on business priorities, and responds to rapid changes in priorities dependent on business need  
  • Allocates resources to ensure that business needs are met
  • Contributes to the long-term Product Stewardship plan via the CoPlan process.
  • Understands, promotes and applies their responsibilities under the EH&S policy.
  • Budget – forecast, plan & track spend for self and team.  Adheres to financial process and controls.
  • Provides appropriate technical training, coaching and supervision of team members to enable them to perform their technical roles.
  • Champions the continuing professional development of team members, and supports the Product Stewardship talent pipeline.
  • Identifies and improves working practices to meet organisational changes and business needs.
  • Initiator and lead representative in interactions with specific stakeholder groups, particularly innovation project managers and technical leads.
  • Initiator or key representative in interactions with external experts advising on matters relating to evaluations
  • Writes technical reports, publications and presentations for relevant external forums.
  • Authors and delivers GR&D reports and presentations.
  • Provides technical training and coaching for team on topics such as Product Stewardship processes and Toxicology.
  • Identify and suggest changes to operating and stakeholder management procedures for subsequent approval.
  • Contribute to the development of new working procedures/ methods by objective evidence and validation for Management/ Technical Review
  • Maintains awareness of Technical developments for business or self-improvements.
  • Actively monitors regulatory and toxicological status of ingredients used in BAT products.
  • Support global reformulation exercises if the status of an ingredient changes.
  • Develops new working procedures by compiling objective evidence and validation for Management/Technical Review.

 About You

  • In depth understanding of the principles of Toxicology
  • Sound technical background in toxicological assessment of tobacco ingredients, food products, cosmetics or other relevant industry sector.
  • Maintains active awareness and understanding of technical developments in the areas relevant to evaluations, including changing toxicological guidance and legislation relating to tobacco, food, pharmaceuticals and other consumer goods
  • Knowledge of tobacco ingredients legislation
  • Strong understanding of internal Product Stewardship processes
  • Strong knowledge of BAT’s product development processes and how they link with Product Stewardship
  • Strong experience in quantitative toxicological risk assessment
  • Product knowledge gained from working in the Tobacco, Food, Cosmetics and/or Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Expert knowledge of the product design features for at least 1 category of products in the BAT portfolio
  • Maintains awareness of innovation projects in at least one product category and  timelines in order to direct work priorities
  • Awareness of consumer trends and insights and how they influence and drive new product development
  • Evidence of  successful team leadership and people management & development skills.
  • Evidence of  success in leading change
  • Stakeholder engagement and networking skills
  • Strong written, oral and presentation communication skills
  • Strong team player who collaborates with peers to share resource to support critical projects and deliverables
  • Pro-active engagement with Product Stewardship managers and Project managers, particularly on projects risks and issues.
  • Positive ‘can do’ attitude and effective problem solver
  • Some regulatory experience gained from working in the Tobacco, Food, Cosmetics and/or Pharmaceutical Industry (Desirable)

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