British American Tobacco

8.1 /10 62 reviews
Opportunities Offered:
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Science/Research Engineering Product Design/Industrial Design Consumer Products/FMCG

About British American Tobacco

British American Tobacco is a global tobacco and Next Generation Products company with brands sold in over 200 markets. We have offices all around the world and have long played a significant role in the local communities where we operate across the globe. We are proud that we are frequently rated in many countries as a top employer. Our employees come from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and our business benefits from the breadth of ideas and experiences they bring.

Traditional tobacco products are our core business. However, we are also committed to developing and selling potentially less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes. These Next Generation Products (NGPs) include Vapour Products, like e-cigarettes, and Tobacco Heating Products.

Research and Development

We make significant investments in research and development to deliver innovations that satisfy or anticipate consumer needs and generate growth for the business. We also have an extensive scientific research programme in a broad spectrum of scientific fields including Molecular Biology, Toxicology and Chemistry.

Traditionally our research efforts have focused on conventional cigarettes, understanding the chemistry of cigarette smoke, identifying toxic constituents (toxicants), understanding smoking behaviour and developing prototype products and technologies with the aim of reducing levels of smoke toxicants. In recent years, we have expanded our focus to emerging product categories, such as e-cigarettes and Tobacco Heating Products, gaining new expertise and experiences in areas such as materials science, formulation chemistry and engineering.

Our placement scheme

In the UK, we offer 12-month placement opportunities to undergraduate students looking to gain practical experience within a vibrant and innovative industrial setting. As part of the scheme students get a chance to cultivate their independent thinking and problem solving skills in addition to working in and contributing to a team.

We are looking for undergraduates who are undertaking an industrial sandwich degree course across a range of disciplines including: Chemistry, Biological and Life Sciences, Psychology, Forensic Science, Materials Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Product Design, Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

Placement applications have opened. Our closing date is 5th January 2018.
Applications for multiple roles will be accepted.

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British American Tobacco Latest Reviews

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    The placement has been brilliant. I have gained so much practical experience and confidence in myself and my abilities in the lab....


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    I thoroughly enjoyed my year at BAT where I was treated as a proper employee and given very important research to do with the next generation products. I wouldn't hesitate recommending working for BAT...


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