Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) Scientist IV Product Development Research in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Date:Oct 19, 2016

Location:Winston-Salem, NC, US


R.J. Reynolds is the second-largest tobacco company in the United States-making many of the nation's best-selling cigarette brands Camel and Newport.

Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE: RAI) is the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; American Snuff Company LLC.; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; Niconovum USA, Inc.; Niconovum AB; and R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company.

The employees of RAI and its subsidiaries are committed to innovation with purpose: transforming the tobacco industry.

Our employees are invited and expected to think and act boldly - and are rewarded for it. Our people drive the innovation and ignite the thought leadership that is transforming an entire industry.

We offer employment opportunities with a meaningful purpose, and employees are empowered to make a difference as soon as they join the team. It's an exciting, creative and fast-paced environment.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is seeking a research and development scientist to support the development of products consistent with RJRT’s vision of transforming tobacco and its strategic market objectives, growth, innovation, and harm reduction platforms.


Position reports to the Lead Manager, Product Research and performs work focused on product research and development. The scientist develops a clear understanding of consumer needs and converts those needs into product concepts, technical product specifications, innovations, and/or product renovations. The scientist will work on both traditional and non-traditional tobacco research programs and projects requiring creative thinking, independent research, and interaction with other R&D scientists, product developers, toxicologists, external academic collaborators, vendors, and research contractors.


  • Design and develop product concepts/formulations in laboratory and pilot plant, leading to scale-up.

  • Leverage innovative technologies and materials that enhance performance, stability, and usability of our products.

  • Translate consumer needs and market trends into strategic and tactical product innovation and/or renovation projects.

  • Perform basic economic evaluations on ingredients, materials, suppliers, and products.

  • Design and execute experiments, analyze and interpret data to make sound technical recommendations.

  • Develop complete product attribute specifications for new products.

  • Participate as an active member of cross-functional business development teams.



BS/MS or higher degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, Engineering Technology or other science related disciplines; or 5+ years of relevant tobacco industry experience


  • Experience operating in a FDA or government regulated environment preferred

  • Strong computer skills, with proficiency in MS Office software including Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook

Special Skills/Attributes:

  • Strong project management skills

  • Strong multi-tasking, organizational, and time management skills

  • Critical Thinking skills

  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)

  • The ability and interest to work in laboratory, pilot plant and manufacturing scale environments

  • Knowledgeable of GLP, GMP and lab safety

  • Partner externally to source ingredients and/or materials and leverage vendor expertise in ingredient/material functionality

  • Strong work ethic, self-motivated, drive for results

  • Flexible and adaptable to change

  • Willing to grow within this specific role

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. (NYSE: RAI) is the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; American Snuff Company, LLC; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; Niconovum USA, Inc.; Niconovum AB; and R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company.

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.

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



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