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Regulatory Program Leaders - Science & Advocacy

Altria Client Services is currently seeking high-performing Regulatory Program Leaders – Science and Advocacy to join our Regulatory Affairs organization in Richmond, VA.

Altria aspires to be the U.S. leader in authorized, non-combustible, reduced risk products. (Learn more at Our approach to regulatory advocacy relies on deep scientific expertise, understanding of consumers and effective engagement and collaboration with regulatory agencies. Fueled by our strong core tobacco business, we've been concentrating on new product platforms. These include oral nicotine containing products, E-Vapor​​, and heated tobacco products.​

We believe these platforms have potential to drive adult smoker conversion. We can only compete in the marketplace with products authorized by the FDA and we can only communicate reduced risk claims with FDA authorization. We plan to file a number of regulatory applications in the coming years.​

As existing products continue to improve, new products become available, and the FDA authorizes manufacturers to communicate accurate risk information, we believe adult smoker conversion will accelerate. This will be a win for adult tobacco consumers, for public health and for our long-term commercial success.

The Regulatory Program Leaders are key members of our Regulatory Affairs leadership team, providing scientific expertise and strategic guidance to a broad spectrum of internal and external stakeholders charged with fulfilling our reduced-risk product strategies.

Specific accountabilities include:
  • Developing strategies for successful authorization by FDA of new reduced risk tobacco products
  • Serving as the lead science advocate for specific pre-market applications and modified risk tobacco product applications leading to FDA authorization for product introduction and reduced-risk communications
  • Providing strategic advice and leadership to multidisciplinary teams
  • Providing strategic counsel in design of clinical studies, developing related protocols and providing solutions to overcome challenges and resolve conflicts
  • Authoring written materials that translate complex scientific information into sound and persuasive communications
  • Applying deep scientific expertise and broad understanding of regulatory and business processes, goals and strategies to advance reduced-risk product offerings
  • Applying understanding and knowledge of (FDA) regulatory framework based on public health standards in development of Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications (MRTPA) and Premarket Review of New Tobacco Product Applications (PMTA)
  • Conceptualization and defense of scientific strategy in support of MRTP/PMTA submissions in front of Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC)
  • Participating in meetings with Center for Tobacco Product (CTP) scientists at FDA for discussions related to the science and evidence for product applications
  • Collaboratively developing study designs and strategies to establish scientific evidence for regulatory submissions in collaboration with cross-functional teams of experts from various disciplines - clinical research, behavioral research, epidemiology, toxicological sciences, analytical sciences and product development
  • Independently developing and delivering presentations to other scientists as well as senior management
  • Coaching and mentoring technical talent
  • Identifying key opinion leaders in the field and building a network of experts to assure that our approach and execution is accepted within the FDA, public health and scientific communities
  • Maintaining a high level of technical knowledge within in order to educate and positively influence research requirements within the agreed upon framework
Desired skills and experience include:

  • Terminal Degree (Ph.D, MD) in a related science discipline, such as, but not limited to Human Biology, Chemistry, Aerosol Science, Behavioral Pharmacology, or Neuroscience/addiction
  • 10+ years related professional work experience with a record of achievement and career development
  • Widely recognized credibility and expertise in a related science discipline, supported by research, publications and presentations to scientific communities
  • Highly advanced communication skills, both written and verbal, including demonstrated interest and proficiency in public speaking to both large and small groups. The ability to clearly, concisely and confidently explain complex scientific concepts to audiences with deep technical expertise and to those without
  • Regulatory knowledge and experience, including direct engagement with legislative bodies and regulatory agencies (ideally with FDA, CTP)
  • General knowledge of regulatory requirements for various industries (e.g., tobacco, chemical, etc.
  • Aptitude and willingness to learn the tobacco industry and applicable regulations
  • Experience in a consumer products industry, ideally pharma or tobacco
  • Versatility including knowledge and experience in the following key disciplines: Consumer perception and behavior research, clinical trial design and execution, Toxicology/epidemiology, Population modeling, and Consumer product development
  • Innovation and inclusion – uses innovation skills and processes to discover new insights, proactively seeks diverse perspectives and encourages others’ ideas
  • Advocacy – Skilled in effectively influencing with and more often without direct authority, pushing back appropriately and offering compelling strategies supported by relevant facts and supporting data
  • Experience heading diverse teams, collaboratively planning and executing large scale initiatives, setting goals, developing and motivating direct and indirect reports, and resolving conflicts
  • Ability to occasionally travel domestically and internationally

Each Altria company is an equal opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other protected class.

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