Neuchatel, Switzerland





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Be a part of a revolutionary change! At PMI, we’ve chosen to do something incredible! We’re totally transforming our business, and building our future on smoke-free products with the power to improve the lives of a billion smokers worldwide. We’re also exploring new categories, looking beyond nicotine to develop a new portfolio of innovative products. With huge change, comes huge opportunity. So, wherever you join us, you’ll enjoy the freedom to dream up and deliver better, brighter solutions and the space to move your career forward in endlessly different directions. It’s so rare in R&D that everything aligns to create the ideal conditions for outstanding work. Right now, at PMI, that’s exactly what’s happening. R&D is the driving force for our bold new vision: to replace cigarettes with a revolutionary portfolio of alternative products. Join us and you’ll have the resources, support and technology you need to break new ground and see ideas come to life. You’ll be surrounded by some of the brightest scientists in their fields, with fast access to subject specialists and commercial decision-makers. If you’re creative, courageous and ready to take risks, you can make a huge impact and propel your career in an endless number of directions. Ultimately, by delivering our smoke-free future, your work could change the lives of a billion smokers. Your ‘day to day’ As a Manager Substrate Technology, you'll be accountable for leading a group of experienced scientists to achieve departmental objectives towards the development of substrates for RRPs (Reduced-Risk Products) and beyond nicotine products. You and your team will lead the exploration, characterization, and development of new substrates, ensuring focus and fast transition from innovation concepts to development. In our project-based organization you will work closely with other departments in the Product, Operations, and Life-Science functions to deliver technical solutions for a portfolio of sophisticated projects, stretching from innovation to development and commercialization. More specifically, you'll • Direct a group of scientists in executing sophisticated scientific research and development activities in a project-based organization and collaborate closely with internal and external customers and partners • Lead the definition and implementation of departmental strategies and development plan to drive quality, cost-effectiveness, speed, and compliance in our development processes • Ensure the continuous building of scientific product understanding to establish requirements based on risk assessment and performance, safety, and quality criteria • Ensure the timely release of design documents and specifications and that supporting data is generated, consolidated, and reviewed in line with scientific standard methodologies to maintain integrity and traceability in view of regulatory submission activities • Build an innovative culture to adapt and develop new products and processes. Keep abreast of consumer insights and industrial developments and propose new applications and procedures when necessary. • Provide recommendations for department related issues and interact with senior management during decision-making processes • Lead, staff and develop a motivated, skilled, and optimally resourced team to ensure that performance levels and professional development achieve or exceed business objectives not only for today, but also for the future • Maximize service quality through continuous improvement of processes and ensure adherence to PMI Standards and to regulatory compliance requirements for substrate formulations Who we're looking for • University degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Food Technology, or equivalent • 10+ years of relevant development experience within tobacco, food, or pharmaceutical industry • Previous experience in leading a scientific team in a line management or project organization setup with validated ability to generate results and align organizational resources to accomplish strategic objectives • Excellent interpersonal communication, organizational and leadership skills; ability to work independently and in a team • Ability to manage ambiguity and agility in problem solving • Ability to communicate effectively and express sophisticated concepts at all levels of the organization, encourage direct and open discussions • Proficient, well written and spoken English is vital, French is an asset What we offer Our success depends on the men and women who come to work every single day with a sense of purpose and an appetite for progress. Join PMI and you too can: • Seize the freedom to define your future and ours. We’ll empower you to take risks, experiment and explore. • Be part of an inclusive, diverse culture, where everyone’s contribution is respected; collaborate with some of the world’s best people and feel like you belong. • Pursue your ambitions and develop your skills with a global business – our staggering size and scale provides endless opportunities to progress. • Take pride in delivering our promise to society: to improve the lives of a billion smokers. PMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer As with many countries, Switzerland has immigration restrictions which will impact the possibility for non-nationals to work in the country. Profiles required for this position may not being specific enough to justify the recruitment of a person outside of Switzerland or countries having agreed upon free movement with Switzerland, please note that in this case a valid Swiss work permit or Swiss or EU-25 EFTA citizenship is required to apply for this position.