As one of the market leaders in the tobacco industry with seed-to-smoke operation, Operations function at BAT Vietnam presents a full range of opportunities and rewarding challenges for those who want upgrade their knowledge and expertise in supply chain to another level.

At BAT Vietnam, you will be one of the first to get hands-on experience with the most modern production machinery and apply international supply chain process and standards in Vietnam. With BAT Vietnam’s unique joint-venture business model, working in Operations allows you to develop not only your functional skills, but also a commercial mind-set, engagement skills and the ability to convey your expertise and ideas to various stakeholders. You will also interact with international colleagues on a constant basis to share with and learn from the best.

Operations team

Operations at BAT Vietnam is divided into:

  • Supply Planning & Procurement
  • Primary Manufacturing Division (British American Tobacco – Vinataba (JV) Limited)
  • Secondary Manufacturing Division (Vina – BAT Joint Venture Company Limited)

The Supply Planning and Procurement team is in charge of supply-demand planning, new product planning, procurement and logistics services.

The Primary Manufacturing Division (PMD) – British American Tobacco – Vinataba (JV) Limited – operates on its own like an independent manufacturing company. In partnership with Vinataba, PMD covers the whole supply chain from leaf growing and raw materials supply planning to cut rag processing. From here, the cut rag is supplied to our licensed factories to produce the finished goods.

The Secondary Manufacturing Division (SMD) – Vina – BAT Joint Venture Company Limited – completes the road to our market by producing the premium finished products to deliver to our consumers. It also makes up a full supply chain from materials planning and logistics to procurement and manufacturing.

Pham Hung Anh Tuan
I joined BAT in 2000 as a mid-career professional, making a switch from a local company to a multinational. In my 17 years at BAT I have been in various positions across two functions -- Operations and Human Resources -- such as Technical Specialist, Technical Manager, Head of Technical Services at BAT – Vinataba, HR Director at BAT – Vinataba, etc., and currently as Head of Supply Planning. Along the way, BAT has provided me with plenty of functional and leadership training to prepare me for the new job. On my part, I always seek to equip myself with all-round skills so that whenever a potential vacancy arises, I will be the first name that comes to their mind.

Rotation and promotion flexibly applied in one’s career aspiration is what makes my BAT journey unique and full of challenges. My time as Operation Lead of the TaO project (a programme meant to create an integrated global enterprise) in East Asia has given me international exposure and awareness of BAT Vietnam’s current role, scope of development and contribution vis-a-vis other BAT entities in various countries in the region. Personally, it was a chance for me to hone my relationship building, leadership and communications skills.

So, trust me, even if your background is in Technical, Operations or Manufacturing, there are no limits to your career opportunities at British American Tobacco.
Pham Hung Anh Tuan – Planning Liaison Director

To succeed in Operations, you need to have the ability to handle multiple tasks and a flexible attitude to change, and work as a part of a team. Out-of-the-box thinking and the desire to learn are also key elements in going further in Operations at BAT.