BAT Returner Programme – Building A Better Tomorrow™

About Us

BAT is a leading, multi-category consumer goods business. Our purpose is to build A Better Tomorrow™ by reducing the health impact of our business through offering adult consumers a greater choice of products that are enjoyable and carry less risk than continuing to smoke cigarettes.

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Returner Programme

We are firmly committed to the boldest transformation any industry has ever seen, making significant investments in research and development. Our work in creating innovative new products for our consumers, such as the Vuse ePod, named product of the year in 2020, is truly industry leading.

Sustainability is front and centre in all that we do, and we have a long and proud history of sustainability achievements. BAT is proud to be the only company in our industry to have been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices’ prestigious World Index in 2020.

In 2014, working with Mapp BioPharmaceuticals, in partnership with the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), we developed a treatment for Ebola based on the tobacco plant and today we are working on a potential Covid-19 vaccine.

We know that our success in building A Better Tomorrow™ requires us to tap into the broadest range of talent available. From the top down we believe in the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive workforce. Don’t just take our word for it.

In 2019 BAT was named Diversity Leader of the Year by the Financial Times in their inaugural Leaders in Diversity report. The report, which lists the top 700 companies across 10 European countries, recognises companies that have achieved a diverse and inclusive workforce across a number of criteria.

Why we’ve launched this programme

Following the success of our 2020 programme we are committed to providing more opportunities for returners to reignite their careers. We want you to know that you are valued for all of the skills you are bringing back to the workforce, and we are partnering with Inclusivity, return to work specialists, to ensure you get everything you need:

What you can expect:

  • A supportive line manager
  • An internal buddy and mentor
  • A cohort of returners joining at the same time as you
  • Support from Inclusivity with three one-to-one coaching sessions and a pre-commencement training day

Opportunities exist to join us in the following roles – please click on the link to read more about each opportunity:

  • Senior Blender
  • Product Developer (Device Electronics)
  • Senior Technologist
  • Analytical Scientist
  • Supply Chain Optimisation Project Manager
  • Logistics Executive
  • Senior Scientist Plant Biotechnology
  • Senior Business Analyst – IT/Social Media
  • Patent Lawyer
  • Insurance Accountant

There are a couple of boxes to tick to in order to be eligible—but it’s pretty straightforward: you will need to have been on your career break for 18 months or longer at the time of your application. These are UK-based across London, Chiswick and Southampton. We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome requests to work flexibly so please do submit your application. We welcome returners to commence working from September 2021 onwards.

About you

In addition to a relevant technical background in the above areas, we seek people who are:

  • Curious and keen to learn new skills
  • Strong communicators who are able to interact with people across our business
  • Bold and fast and enjoy being empowered and accountable
  • Big dreamers. Our future is bold, and we need your thoughts and ideas to transform our business

If you’re up for a new challenge and want to be a part of transforming an industry, then get in touch with our partners, Inclusivity, who will be supporting you with your returner application. Please include a cover letter in the same document as your CV. If successful you will be invited to a friendly interview with Inclusivity who will also advise you on your CV and provide coaching support for interviews.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

*Based on the weight of evidence and assuming a complete switch from cigarette smoking. These products are not risk free and are addictive

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