Scientist IV - Product Innovations

RAI Innovations Company Winston-Salem, NC

About the Job

Reynolds American Incorporated (NYSE: RAI) is positively transforming the tobacco industry. We’re a family of companies that strives for success in everything we do. The future inspires us because our people are igniting the breakthroughs that are redefining the ways adult tobacco consumers enjoy tobacco in the 21st century.

When other companies talk about growth, they only talk about size. At RAI, we focus on the growth of our people. We take pride in each other’s growth and well-being throughout our careers. We invest in your career and total well-being because we know our companies succeed when our people thrive.

At the RAI companies you’ll have the opportunity to work on iconic brands and revolutionary products by collaborating with visionary, principled and passionate people every day.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The scientist must exhibit strong project management and technical skills with minimal guidance.  The scientist will be expected to execute projects with changing priorities and aggressive timelines.  He/she must be a self-starter, demonstrate competency in vapor product development and possess excellent communication skills as he/she must be able to lead a diverse, multi-functional project team to accomplish the goals. The candidate will collaborate across numerous internal functions including Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Marketing, Procurement, Supply Chain, Engineering, Quality Assurance and Manufacturing, as well as external vendors, in order to deliver successful outcomes within specified timelines.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Develop vapor product ideas and concepts for future product development initiatives
  • Lead multiple projects while maintaining appropriate and required project documentation
  • Develop and execute test plans that support product development initiatives
  • Identify data and information requirements to support product submissions
  • Develop product specifications / material requirements
  • Provide technical support for commercialization
  • Understands Company and R&D strategies and ensures alignment of work streams
  • Provide technical leadership in corporate initiatives, including subject matter expertise, product ownership and related issues


Position Qualifications:

  • BS or higher in science field such as Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Pharmaceutical Science with 3-5 years of experience in Product Development, preferably at a Consumer Products or Pharmaceutical company
  • Working knowledge of analytical methodologies and techniques
  • Working knowledge of vapor products, their design and performance
  • Ability to interpret and assess data in order to provide recommendations to the business
  • Strong project management and team leadership skills
  • Advanced technical writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, written/oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software

Compensation/Targeted Bonus

  • Competitive Annual Salary
  • Targeted Annual Bonus
  • Relocation assistance available for those who qualify.


Benefit Summary

Our company offers very competitive compensation and benefit plans, including:

  • 401(k) plan that offers opportunity to save on pre- and post-tax basis up to 50 percent of eligible compensation. Company matches 100 percent of employee pre-tax/Roth (401k) contributions up to six percent
  • Comprehensive health- and welfare-benefits package
  • Eleven paid company holidays annually, plus a generous paid vacation plan based on length of service
  • Company-paid sick and personal days, funeral leave and jury duty leave
  • Confidential personal financial counseling service
  • On-site health clinics and fitness centers
  • A matching grants program that enables employees to direct and double their donations to qualifying charitable organizations of their choice
  • Health-care advocacy service
  • Volunteer service opportunities
  • Federal credit union membership through Allegacy Federal Credit Union
  • Extensive training opportunities  


Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE: RAI) is the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; American Snuff Company, LLC; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; Niconovum USA, Inc.; Niconovum AB; and R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company.

Reynolds American Inc. and its affiliated companies is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Our organization offers a level of challenge, responsibility and creativity for motivated employees that stands apart from the crowd.

We are also committed to employing a diverse workforce and valuing different perspectives, experiences and talents to maximize the company's potential for successfully achieving its business objectives.


Only applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly.

Telephone: 262-439-1893