Project Co-ordinator Placement (Mechatronic Engineer) at British American Tobacco

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Application Deadline
7th June 2019
South East
Salary Band
£20,000 - £21,999
£20,000 per annum
Role May Involve
Electronic and Electrical Engineering Engineering Manufacturing Mechanical Engineering

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Project Co-ordinator Placement (Mechatronic Engineer)

The Innovation Technology Group is focussed on developing and delivering commercial manufacturing solutions for new-to-world or new-to-group technologies and products. At any point, there will be 10+ major projects live within the department. The current programme of projects covers innovations across the potentially reduced risk spectrum, including vapour devices and tobacco heating products (THP). Recent successful deployments include the launch of Glo in Japan, a THP that offers consumers a choice over conventional smoking.

As well as many opportunities to develop engineering skills in a professional environment, the multi-faceted nature of the Organisation will offer the student opportunities to hone many other professional skills that will be useful throughout their career.

The student will have the opportunity to take part in many of the group’s live projects and will take part in all aspects of a project’s lifecycle from Ideation to Delivery. The student will be required to visit suppliers in Europe and may be required to visit factories around the world, including travel within the UK.

Successful applicants will gain a variety of skills/experiences including working in an industrial setting, report writing and presentation skills. Cross functional/department working and participation in other research activities will be encouraged, where appropriate. The undergraduate placement scheme enables students to develop their transferable skills in addition to gaining practical and technical experience in a scientific discipline. Training and development will be provided throughout the placement.

Skills Required

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a working knowledge of Solid Edge CAD and its applications
  • Experience with programming in VBA or MATLAB is desirable
  • Be self-motivated to work both independently and in a team
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Be an intuitive designer
  • Have strong presentation and report writing skills
  • Knowledge of project planning tools
  • Be able to work on multiple activities and deliver against agreed priorities

The successful candidate will work with a range of internal and external stakeholders:

  • Next Generation Products
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Machinery & Technology Department
  • Procurement
  • Operating Factories
  • Patents Department
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Material Suppliers
  • External Consultants

Previous work experience in a practical ‘hands-on’ role would be useful but not essential. IT skills (e.g. use of Excel and PowerPoint) will be important as well as the ability to be flexible and adaptable within a team environment.

We are offering

  • Salary of £20,000 per annum
  • Subsidised gym membership (£15 per month)
  • Subsidised lunches
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Free on-site parking
  • Participation in Discretionary Company Bonus Scheme
  • Participation in Company Share Reward Scheme
  • Access to Company Pension Scheme
  • Personal Accident Insurance
  • Private Healthcare Cover
  • Eligibility for Company Flexible Benefits Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Annual Health Check

About British American Tobacco

British American Tobacco is the world’s most international tobacco company, with products sold in almost every country. We produce a wide range of tobacco products, mainly cigarettes, but also cigars, roll-your-own, pipe tobacco as well as smokeless tobacco products.

An unprecedented confluence of technology, societal change and public health awareness has created a unique opportunity: the opportunity to make a substantial leap forward in our long-held ambition to provide our consumers with potentially reduced-risk tobacco and nicotine choices. These include Next Generation Products (NGPs), comprising vapour and tobacco heating products (THPs), as well as oral tobacco and nicotine products such as snus and moist snuff.

The Global Manufacturing function encompasses over 20,000 people worldwide delivering high quality products to our consumers on a daily basis. More recently the demand has been for increased innovation within our products, with more than 25% of the global cigarette volume incorporating an innovative format or feature.

How to apply

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