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internship (Undergraduate) - NGP Discovery

Duration: 12 months

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British American Tobacco is a global business going through a hugely dynamic period in our 100+ year history. With consumers seeking more choice with expectations above traditional cigarettes, now is an exciting time to have a real say in what we do – a chance to feel the international impact of your work and the responsibility to own what really matter to our consumers. All sides of the business is fully thriving, from our traditional tobacco roots, which we have proudly grown into a market-leading enterprise, to our business in developing brand-new products that promote choice, where innovation thrives.

What’s best about our evolution is that science is at the heart of all of it. Our global R&D teams uncover the facts and drive us forward using the most cutting-edge technologies. We have over 200 different scientific methods – from analytical chemistry and toxicological profiling to future casting and battery design. Why work here? Because we’re not just any FMCG company: we’re industry leaders, game changers, world shapers.

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About the Placement Scheme

In the UK, we offer 12-months placement – starting 31st August 2020 – 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

The responsibility of this role is to support the NGP (Next Generation Products) Discovery Team in product development of novel THP materials and technologies.


  • Formulation development work
  • Device engineering and electronics development
  • Consumer insights activity, behaviour analysis and consumer study analysis to drive product designs.
  • Carrying out experiments to optimise how to heat materials for use in future tobacco heating products.
  • Scouting for front end innovation technologies appropriate for use in tobacco heating products
  • Testing prototypes with sensory panellists or consumers
  • Test method development for novel products
  • Working in collaboration with internal stakeholders and external suppliers/experts
  • Presenting findings to wider teams
  • Making recommendations to the Project Team based on results.


  • Required Undergraduate Degree course: Degrees relating to the following fields: Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence, Physics, Biomedical electronics.

What the Intern will take away from experience:

  • An understanding of R&D in a fast-moving consumer goods company
  • An understanding of how new materials/products are developed and optimised.
  • An understanding of how success criteria are established for a new material/product and how development work needs to aim for this.
  • An understanding of project management within R&D and how to achieve project goals
  • Opportunities to take ownership of project workstreams, and take responsibility for deliverables
  • Exposure to different areas of the business
  • Understanding the importance of stewardship and robust research and reporting
  • Understanding that technical roles in R&D can involve a lot of creativity.


  • Salary of £17,000 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:

  • An online application (including the uploading of a CV, completion of application form)
  • A telephone interview
  • A face-to-face interview/Assessment Centre in Southampton.

Applications for multiple roles will be accepted.


Early applications are recommended and roles may be filled as suitable candidates are identified (potentially before the final closing date).

Essential requirements

We are looking for undergraduates who are undertaking an industrial sandwich degree course.

Candidates will need to have:

  • A relevant undergraduate degree (see individual placement opportunities), with a minimum predicted grade of 2:1.
  • The right to live and work in the UK.


How to Apply

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Opportunity Overview

  • March 30th, 2020
  • £17,000 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • Year-long
  • Southampton
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Bioengineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electronic
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Systems

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