Sr Staff Scientist - Scientific & Reg. Affairs Submissions and Engagement

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Oct 16, 2018
Nov 15, 2018
Field of specialization
Analytical, Health & Safety
Job Type
Full time

Reynolds American Incorporated 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.

This position is within Reynolds American Services Company—a subsidiary that provides support services, including compliance, HR, law, finance, information management, and more to all of the subsidiaries of RAI.


This Sr. Staff Scientist role supports enterprise-wide regulatory strategies and advocacy efforts, particularly as they relate to regulatory clearance of provisional tobacco products by FDA. Through strong leadership and technical expertise, this role supports Scientific & Regulatory Affairs by assisting, developing and/or leading projects and scientific programs aligned with product and process-related strategies.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead key chemistry-related work streams critical to the development or defense of pre-market clearance applications (i.e., Substantial Equivalence submissions) under review by regulatory agencies (e.g., FDA);
  • Lead the development and assembly of chemistry-related sections of Substantial Equivalence submissions and work with stakeholders to ensure the creation, review, and completion of scientific documentation is fit for purpose;
  • Contribute scientific and regulatory expertise to the development of chemistry components of regulatory submissions and associated amendments;
  • Provide support for product and process-related regulatory strategies and advocacy efforts, associated regulatory applications, and engagement for new product introductions;
  • Utilize technical principles and theories, ingenuity, and creativity to assist, develop, and/or recommend solutions to complex problems;
  • Develop, refine, and advance company positions on various issues (e.g., product-related, manufacturing processes, etc.) within the context of regulatory submissions;
  • Partner/collaborate with various stakeholder groups (e.g., Product Development, Consumer Marketing, Product Services, and Manufacturing Operations) to develop regulatory submissions and associated amendments;
  • Assist Sr. Director of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs in developing, refining, and ultimately driving tactical plans in support of the strategic overall product-related regulatory strategy and objectives;
  • Coordinate and participate in preparation and revision of presentations and documents for interactions with regulatory agencies (e.g., FDA) and other relevant external stakeholders.




  • Four year degree required - preferred background in chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical, analytical; materials, combustion, or theoretical chemistry also accepted) but other disciplines (physics, engineering, or other technical discipline) will be considered, plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D. or Postdoc) preferred but not required.
  • Candidates not meeting the above degree requirements will be considered if they have 7 years of direct experience in tobacco product development, combustion science, and/or preparation of pre-market clearance submissions to regulatory agencies.


  • Preferred experience with analytical chemistry methodology and its strengths and limitations, analytical and product variability, experimental design, and statistical analysis.
  • Basic understanding of the tobacco category.

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated capacity to quickly accumulate and apply broad, cross-functional business knowledge
  • Ability to conceive, plan and conduct work streams aligned with, and in support of, strategy
  • Strong business and/or technical writing skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and execute multiple projects often under heightened time constraints
  • Ability to apply critical thinking & problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills

Preferred Skills:

  • Self-motivated and works with a sense of urgency; orientation to creativity, innovation, and action
  • Ability to anticipate emerging issues and getting results in a complex multi-functional environment
  • Ability to successfully navigate an ambiguous work environment with evolving priorities
  • Demonstrated ability in engaging, influencing, and collaborating with internal and external resources in order to meet regulatory and business objectives
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects reflecting various timeframes simultaneously
  • Ability to apply and balance strategic and tactical thinking
  • In-depth knowledge of cigarette design features (e.g., tobacco blends, materials) and their impact on cigarette smoke composition



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. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of British American Tobacco p.l.c., and the U.S. parent company of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; American Snuff Company, LLC; Niconovum USA, Inc.; Niconovum AB; R. J. Reynolds Vapor Company; Lorillard Licensing Company, LLC; and Reynolds Brands, Inc..

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