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The role of Formulation Technologist is to develop next generation formulation and product technologies which are required for the company’s ambitious innovation programme and growth plans. They will be responsible for also managing small teams of technicians.Additional InformationThe Imperial Brands business is going through a major transformation, with a new CEO setting an ambitious and exciting vision for the future. One major change is the creation of a new Chief Consumer Office (CCO) – a central function which covers Innovation, Insight, Marketing and Portfolio Management and Imperial’s next-generation propositions (NGP).The Innovation function forms a critical part of this CCO structure. The department will be organised around key innovation capabilities, with one Innovation team delivering across all categories (Combustibles, EVP, HTP and OND). The role of Innovation will be to enable Imperial to deliver consumer-centric, commercially viable innovations that are aligned with the business strategy. Innovation will achieve this through:Delivering R&D activities: End-to-end technical design and delivery of innovation products and packs, leveraging both in-house capabilities and external parties to facilitate the launch of category-led, consumer-centric innovations into market.Developing partnerships: The Innovation function will collaborate closely with Procurement to build strong relationships with partners and third parties to underpin a lean and agile delivery model that enables speed to market.Facilitating development of the innovation funnel: Guide Imperial to make the right business decisions about innovation projects through identifying future technical solutions and supporting cross-category generation, qualification and prioritisation of solution opportunity areas based on consumer, competitor and market insights.Stewarding the innovation pipeline and process: The Innovation function oversees Imperial’s innovation process, from Ideation to Launch. The Process and Governance pillar of the Innovation function owns this enterprise-wide process and drives continuous improvement to ensure more efficient and effective delivery of innovation. The team will also manage the portfolio of projects through the stage gates, ensure adherence to the relevant branches of the process and run the governance forums to ensure timely, insight-led decision making and OTIF delivery.To have impact on the innovation programme, the Technologist needs to demonstrate curiosity, broad and deep technical skill-set, collaborative mindset, excellent influencing and team building skills.
Design formulations to meet project and category requirements, using tools such DoE.Planning work, leading project work streams, reporting and communicating to Formulation Lead, Process Lead and other stakeholders as requiredSupport the process technologist with formulation design, testing and manufacturing processes for production of intermediate and finished materials and productsLead the preparation of samples for a range of formulation types (e.g. slurries, liquids, granules, powders) using development scale equipment.Lead the preparation of prototypes for assessment analytically, via sensory, employee panels or consumer studies, including oral products e.g pouches, HTP products e.g. sticks and EVP products e.g liquids and pods or any other Novel prototypesEnsure IP and commercially sensitive information is protectedRaise A-forms for new and novel ideas, support IP team around technical requirementsRaise, review and approve documentation required to produce and formulations and prototypes e.g. pre and post approval of manufacturing or testing protocolsCreate, review, and/or approve documentation within the quality management systems (ARAS/PLM & local) to ensure work is performed safely and to the appropriate quality standards, this includes, policies, standards, SOPs, work instruction, etcCollaborate with and support project stake holders to improve project outcomes; reduce costs, anticipate challenges, provide solutions and make decisionsDevelop strong relationships within Innovation & Nerudia teams, globally across Imperial and externally with partners and suppliersProvide ongoing support across the categories as required e.g. EVP, HTP, OND.Ensure all work conducted is documented in laboratory notebooks and/or protocols, approve work prior to start and review work upon completionContribute ideas and opinions to project discussions and team meetings, lead and organise meetings as requiredManage the process for raising COSHH and risk assessment for new materials and processes prior to undertaking any workEnsure staff undertaking the project work have read and understand COSHH and risk assessment prior to undertaking any work Manage, prepare and/or approve the preparation of protocols for routine and/or complex activities e.g. pod filling, prototype preparation, design of experiments as requiredManage, prepare and/or approve the preparation of technical reports to document and record findings of work completed. Conclude and summarise work performed and make recommendation for next steps. Publish /present work to project teams and stakeholdersManage, prepare and/or approve the preparation of larger pilot production studies in preparation for full scale manufacture.
InternalMechanical & Physics, Electronics & Firmware, Discovery, CTI, Design and Formulations TeamsInnovationProject ManagersInsightsProcurementMSC RealisationLegal/IPCategoriesMSC, Quality and Regulatory teamsPackaging Development TeamsProduct DevelopmentProject Teams as requiredExternalPartnersSuppliersFlavour housesEquipment suppliersAnalytical services
EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
EssentialBSc in Chemistry or Equivalent ORExperience in product formulationExperience in laboratory scale synthesis, purification and reaction mechanismsPlanning and completing scientific work to agreed standardsTime management, excellent report writing skills, problem solving communication and team working skillsAbility to breakdown complex problems into achievable goals and provide effective solutionsDesirableLine Management Experience
What we offer
Imperial Brands offer a competitive package of salary, bonus scheme, pension and 25 days holiday (with an additional 4 days on top to cover the Christmas period and bank holidays) and hybrid work.Next stepsInterested applicants should apply with their CV highlighting their suitability for the role.