[Register Your Interest] New Categories Science Placement - 2021 Intake at BAT

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
South East
Salary Band
£18,000 - £19,999
Role May Involve
Biology Engineering Product Design/Industrial Design Science/Research

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This role is suited to students who are looking to start their placement year in September 2021.

New Categories Science 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/department 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.

Job Purpose

BATs purpose is to build a Better Tomorrow by reducing the health impact of our business through offering a greater choice of enjoyable and less risky products for our consumers.

The role of Potentially Reduced Risk Product (PRRP) Science is evolving beyond the assessment of the risk profile of non-combustible tobacco and nicotine products relative to smoking. The group now leads the science efficacy assessment of compounds beyond nicotine to build internal scientific knowledge, support regulatory engagement and compliance and consumer claims across BATs Potentially Reduced Risk Products (PRRPs) and new product categories. This is achieved through a weight of evidence approach to support internal company positions, external claims and scientific publications. The approach includes the delivery of the efficacy science from pre-clinical, ‘in-use’ human behaviour and clinical studies to substantiate claims and support regulatory submissions for product launches.

Essential requirements:

  • Must be undertaking an industrial sandwich degree course
  • Studying for a degree in a relevant subject (Science/Engineering) with a minimum predicted grade of 2:1
  • Has the right to live and work in the UK
  • IT skills e.g. use of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Further requirements:

  • Acts commercially and is consumer-centric – this project will provide the intern with an opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of consumers, customers, opportunities and risks to drive business growth.
  • Drives and owns results
  • Leads change and innovates – challenge the status quo to improve and continuously innovate.

Specific work/aims/tasks

Please see individual role adverts on our careers site for more information. Responsibilities may include:

  • Project planning and execution
  • Playing a key technical role, working on real products and solving real problems
  • Working in collaboration with internal stakeholders and external suppliers
  • Product testing
  • Analysis of data and making recommendations


  • 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.