[Register Your Interest] Product Compliance Placement - 2021 Intake at BAT

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
South East
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£18,000 - £19,999
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This role is suited to students who are looking to start their placement year in September 2021.

Product Compliance Placement

In the UK, we offer 12-months placement - starting 1st September 2021 - opportunities to undergraduate students looking to gain practical experience within a vibrant and innovative industrial setting. As part of the scheme, you will be partnered with a mentor, have regular reviews with your Line Manager and work on projects that impact the business.

Training and development is provided throughout the placement with successful applicants having multiple opportunities to develop transferable skills in addition to gaining ‘hands on’ experience in a technical discipline.

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. Cross functional/departmental working and participation in other research activities is also encouraged, where appropriate. Previous work experience in a practical ‘hands-on’ role would be useful but not essential.

Context / Environment

The drivers of growth, value and competitive advantage in the tobacco industry are changing due to increased regulation. The major challenge for BAT will be the ability to offer a portfolio of differentiated product experiences through innovations that enable BAT to compete successfully under any future market scenario. The Product Compliance Team specifically addresses this issue by providing product regulatory interpretations and validation, regulatory compliance assessments, and notifications and compliance reporting, as part of the technical compliance evaluation package which is relied upon by BAT for successful innovations.

The intern will learn to meet the challenges facing a global business and the product regulatory landscape. They will get experience of working and applying their knowledge within an international context and learn about global markets and international compliance.

This intern placement will be a springboard to take on a career with an international business in roles such as compliance management, regulatory affairs, product/business law, project management, compliance-data analysts and more.


  • Be undertaking an industrial sandwich degree course
  • A relevant undergraduate degree (Business, Law, Business and Management, Business Law), with a minimum predicted grade of 2:1
  • The right to live and work in the UK
  • IT skills e.g. use of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Proactive: self-driven with interpersonal, organisational, and multi-tasking skills

Job purpose:

The Regulatory/Product Compliance Intern will take responsibility for supporting process improvement across all Product Compliance department teams. The role will be equally split across all teams within the department over the course of the year internship.

Key work tasks may include:

  • Support delivery of product regulatory product compliance assessments, as part of the technical compliance evaluation package which is relied upon by BAT compliance and product/project delivery teams.
  • Support the development of state-of-the-art processes, systems, and operating procedures which aid continual improvement.
  • Support regulatory interpretation and technical validation, on product compliance.
  • Interact with multifunctional technical teams to support delivery and full compliance of all product portfolios.

Learning aims

  • Significant experience in supporting the regulatory compliance requirements of internal and external stakeholders and translating this into product compliance solutions.
  • Project management experience with the ability to manage own workload priorities and take initiatives for self and organisational improvements.
  • Enhanced written and verbal communication skills; especially the ability to explain regulatory compliance matters to non-experts.
  • Core understanding of nicotine products categories (both conventional and NGP).
  • A knowledge of the complexity of new emerging products and regulatory compliance trends.


  • BAT Business and Leadership Capabilities.
  • Directed assessments on the intern’s assigned tasks within Central Product Compliance (Regulatory Intelligence, Regulatory Impact, Compliance Assessment and Notification/Reporting) - delivered on schedule to the defined plan and expected governance.


  • Salary of £18,200 per annum
  • Subsidised gym membership (£15 per month)
  • Subsidised lunches
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Free on-site parking
  • Participation in the Discretionary Company Bonus Scheme
  • Participation in the Company Share Reward Scheme
  • Participation in the Company Pension Scheme
  • Private Healthcare Cover
  • Eligibility for Company Flexible Benefits Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme


The selection process involves:

  • Online application (including the uploading of a CV, completion of application form, questionnaire and cognitive tests)
  • A telephone interview
  • Face-to-face interview/Assessment Centre in Southampton

Applications for multiple roles will be accepted.

About BAT

BAT 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.