Analytical Chemist

Altria Group is a FORTUNE 200 company that owns the premier tobacco companies in the United States including Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton and Nu Mark. The companies' brands include Marlboro, Copenhagen, Skoal, Black & Mild, MarkTen and VERVE. Altria also owns Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, one of the country's top premium wine producers, and Philip Morris Capital Corporation, an investment company. Altria's mission is to own and develop financially disciplined businesses that are leaders in responsibly providing adult tobacco and wine consumers with superior branded products.

Altria Client Services' role is to help Altria Group and its operating companies responsibly meet their business goals by providing the high quality services they require in a financially disciplined way. We are currently seeking a highly qualified Analytical Chemist to join our Analytical Sciences department located in our Center for Research and Technology in Richmond, VA.

The successful candidate will be responsible for performing high-quality laboratory assessments to support e-vapor stability studies. The candidate must have a strong understanding of HPLC chromatography, LC/MS- QToF, sample preparation and the ability to troubleshoot problems as they arise. The candidate must be able to work independently with minimal supervision to manage workloads and report data.

Specific accountabilities include:

  • Independently preparing and analyzing samples for analysis of e-vapor stability studies using UPLC-UV and QToF.

  • Analyzing samples using the Waters AutoPurification System for collection and isolation of compounds.

  • Tracking samples for stability projects, organizing work and documenting results in an electronic laboratory notebook.

  • Organizing and reporting results from LC-Profiling in a clear and concise manner to meet the needs of our customers.

  • Delivering high quality data to our customers.

  • Collaborating with other scientists to provide additional insights to stability.

  • Maintaining and managing the appropriate documentation for Analytical Sciences to be compliant with ISO 17025 Accreditation, Altria Quality System and Records Management policies.

  • Participating in internal and external scientific meetings to maintain and expand scientific expertise.

Specific Skills

Qualifications include:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Forensic Science or closely related field with demonstrated experience in an analytical testing laboratory.

  • Demonstrated experience with UPLC-UV, UPLC-MS and with prep LC collections.

  • Demonstrated experience working with Waters AutoPurification System and FractionLynx for collection and isolation of compounds.

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience working with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry for the analysis of compounds in complex matrices.

  • Experience working in a regulated environment under ISO 17025 Accredited laboratory or other regulated laboratory environment is preferred.

  • Experience with sample preparation and extraction techniques (LL, SPE, etc.) for the quantitative analysis of target compounds in complex matrices.

  • Proficiency with chromatography and mass spectrometry data analysis software such as MassLynx, Empower, ChemStation and MassHunter.

  • Ability to work independently, to multi-task, and to be a strong team player.

  • Excellent attention to detail, verbal and written communication skills.

At Altria Client Services, we recognize that our people are the reason we achieve our business goals. We believe in developing the leadership potential of our employees by providing them with opportunities for training, development and advancement.

In addition to the opportunity to apply and develop your skills toward key business objectives, we offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive base salary, comprehensive health/vision/dental insurance, participation in our deferred profit sharing program as well as a relocation assistance package.


Each Altria company is an equal opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other protected class.


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