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Scientific & Regulatory Foresight Officer 

121 Winterstoke Road Head Office United Kingdom

Scientific & Regulatory Foresight Officer

121 Winterstoke Road | 121 Winterstoke Road Head Office | England | United Kingdom | BS3 2LL

About us

Imperial Brands PLC is a dynamic FTSE100 FMCG company headquartered in Bristol with a global workforce of around 32,000 people. Our ambition is to create Something Better for the world’s smokers through a wide portfolio of scientifically substantiated Next Generation Products (NGPs), which include the global e-vapour brand blu. 

The role

Location: Flexible across the North West or Bristol based

Permanent, Full time

Competitive Salary + Benefits 

Closing: 8th February 2020

The Scientific & Regulatory Foresight Officer (SRFO) is responsible for horizon scanning approaches to support resilient policy-making, ensuring our NGP scientific research programme is addressing policy makers’ needs and concerns regarding new issues and to identify opportunities enabling IMB to prepare and innovate where relevant. The SRFO is also responsible for identifying relevant scientific content and regulatory proposals which evolve over time and to pinpoint where relevant conversations are taking place to enable targeted Scientific & Regulatory and Corporate Affairs NGP engagement.

Key accountabilities

  • Develop future strategic and alternative scenario plans, identifying and mitigating emerging regulatory risks and seizing business opportunities, assessing the potential impacts on our NGP growth ambitions.
  • Co-ordinate and lead regulatory workstreams (including advising Corporate Affairs on future policy focus areas and Group Science on the required scientific research studies) to deliver on strategic plans.
  • Ensure knowledge of developing global NGP regulations and product standards; understanding and preparing for how these may impact the regulatory landscape in other NGP product categories and in other countries in the future.
  • Support the Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Manager in the development of regulatory impact assessments.
  • Drive business awareness of emerging scientific & regulatory issues and trends through internal cross-functional engagement and training so that the business can predict regulatory threats and implement plans to mitigate their impacts and/or adapt NGP business strategy as appropriate.
  • Preparation of frequent in-depth reviews and recommendations concerning key issues to internal stakeholders across business functions.
  • Represent the company externally at relevant forums to further enhance the reputation and scientific credibility of IMB, as required.

Skills & experience

  • Strategic perspective, able to assess and relate impacts of regulatory trends and initiatives on our business over short and long term
  • Understanding of the primary drivers of tobacco and NGP regulation at a global and local level
  • Strong interpersonal skills along with an ability to build and leverage strong and meaningful working relationships internally and externally across a diverse stakeholder network
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter who truly enjoys working in a fast-paced, innovative environment

Desirable

  • Familiarity with the latest NGP science research
  • An understanding of the differing NGP political and regulatory landscapes
  • Network of key opinion leaders
  • Social media analytics

What we offer

Imperial Brands offers 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).

Next steps

Interested applicants should apply with a letter of application highlighting their suitability for the role and current CV.

Opening date: 8th January 2020

Closing date: 8th February 2020

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