Work Placement / Internship

Internship (Undergraduate) - Innovations Team

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.

We have a requirement for on undergraduate student taking part in a year in industry placement, we require the suitable candidate to be studying for a Degree in Mechanical/Design/Process Engineering.

The Combustibles Innovation Team is focused on the proof of concept, proof of application, development and delivery of commercial solutions for new-to-world combustible products. This role covers all aspects of the product development lifecycle from ideation through to deployment. With a focus primarily on product and processing equipment design and development.

The successful candidate will assist in the delivery of new Technologies and products in line with BAT's requirements to provide consumer relevant innovations.

In addition, the candidate should:

  • Be a creative thinker and problem solver.
  • Be a intuitive designer.
  • Have strong communication and presentation/report writing skills.
  • Be self-motivated to work both independently and in a team.
  • Be able to work on multiple activities and deliver against agreed priorities.
  • Have experience with Microsoft Office, Project, Visio, Project management..
  • Have CAD experience (Solid Edge preferred).


  • Work on BAT’s Global Drive Brands and get to understand BAT’s diverse product portfolio
  • Play a key technical role, working on real products and solving real problems
  • The development of new to world prototype manufacturing machinery
  • Helping to define quality equipment designs for new commercial products
  • Working closely with product development teams
  • Co-ordination of activities within internal teams and external partners
  • Project planning and execution.


  • 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
  • IT skills e.g. use of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


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...

  • Mechanical
  • Process
  • Product Design

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