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Senior Associate Blender

Job Description

Altria Group is a FORTUNE 200 company that owns the premier tobacco companies in the United States including Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton and Nu Mark. The companies' brands include Marlboro, Copenhagen, Skoal, Black & Mild, MarkTen and VERVE. Altria also owns Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, one of the country's top premium wine producers, and Philip Morris Capital Corporation, an investment company. Altria's mission is to own and develop financially disciplined businesses that are leaders in responsibly providing adult tobacco and wine consumers with superior branded products.

Altria Client Services' role is to help Altria Group and its operating companies responsibly meet their business goals by providing the high quality services they require in a financially disciplined way. We are currently seeking a Senior Associate Blender to join our Smokeable Product Development Department in Richmond, VA. The successful candidate will work with Leaf Blenders and Flavorists to develop and maintain our portfolio of cigarette and cigar products.

Specific accountabilities include:
  • Managing the Leaf Blending Subjective Panel, which includes training panel members, scheduling products, subjective analysis methodology determination, recording & reporting of subjective results, and ensuring all laboratory requirements are met.
  • Managing the business functions of the Leaf Blending Group which includes, but is not limited to compiling & reporting business results and assisting in budget preparation & analysis.
  • Developing, implementing, and administering Protocol, Policies, Procedures & Instructions to manage & monitor dissemination of all blend formulas, blend simulation modeling results, tobacco and finished product inventory information for prototype production, and administrative records of the department which are in compliance with records management.
  • Responsible for coordinating the development of new product blends & tobacco processes in the Blending Services Lab in order that they may be subjectively evaluated prior to large scale production for market introduction. This includes the analysis & breakdown of competitor's products to generate prototypes which are similar in nature but provide an improvement subjectively in order to meet marketing demands.
  • Providing Blending technical assistance to departments outside of Leaf Blending to assist the production of new brands, and qualification of new processes and/or modifications to current products/processes.
  • Managing extremely sensitive information such as blend formulas and subjective smoking results. Assuming responsibility for technical accuracy of results, provides written interpretations of results and makes recommendations based on those results.

Specific Skills

Qualifications include:
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience, training and certification required.
  • Knowledge and experience in leaf grading, leaf processing, blend formulation, subjective smoking of leaf blends and grades, primary/make-pack manufacturing, and leaf operations.
  • Must be willing to participate in the sensory evaluation of tobacco grades and blends.
  • Must be able to perform the duties of a general office environment, however, on occasion may need to climb ladders and wear protective equipment required of manufacturing environment.
  • Strong verbal communication, interpersonal skills, and project planning
  • Ability to influence others without authority
  • Capability to work collaboratively with cross functional partners and suppliers
  • Self-motivation and direction, high initiative and flexibility
  • Knowledge of computer software such as Microsoft Office, SAP
  • Capability to effectively present and communicate complex technical information to cross functional groups and management
  • Willingness to travel domestically and/or internationally to support business objectives

At Altria Client Services, we recognize that our people are the reason we achieve our business goals. We believe in developing the leadership potential of our employees by providing them with opportunities for training, development and advancement.

In addition to the opportunity to apply and develop your skills toward key business objectives, we offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive base salary, comprehensive health/vision/dental insurance, and participation in our deferred profit sharing programs as well as a relocation assistance package.


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.