British American Tobacco Company Profile

British American Tobacco Company Profile

British American Tobacco Company Profile About us

Our aim is to make the most positive contribution to Nigeria’s society and economy while achieving our goal of sustaining our leadership of the Nigerian tobacco industry.

Who we are

British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of the British American Tobacco Group.

British American Tobacco has had an operational presence in Nigeria since 1912. The Group held a 60% shareholding value in the Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) while a 40% shareholding value was held by the Nigerian Government.  By 1978, there were three operating factories located at Ibadan, Port-Harcourt and Zaria.

However, the domestic industry experienced a decline when an influx of illicit trade and the deteriorating infrastructure created an uncertain business environment and investment slowed. This led to closures of the Port Harcourt and Ibadan factories and a downscaling of the Zaria operations.

The election of the 1999 civilian administration brought a renewed focus on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) which led to the incorporation of British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited.

British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited was incorporated on July 11, 2000 and subsequently merged with the Nigerian Tobacco Company on November 6 of the same year. The company is a fully owned subsidiary of the British American Tobacco Group.

On September 24, 2001 the Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Government of Nigeria for an investment of $150 million to build a state-of-the-art-factory in Ibadan, Oyo State. The investment started a process that has impacted all aspects of the tobacco industry, from leaf growing, through to the manufacture and distribution of tobacco products.

Under the terms of the MoU, British American Tobacco Nigeria made a committment to work with the Nigerian government in the following areas;

  • Regularising the tobacco sector
  • Building potential for regional exports
  • Significantly increasing both the quality and quantity of tobacco grown
  • Establishing an independent Foundation to address rural socio economic development

On June 17, 2003, British American Tobacco Nigeria completed and commissioned its state-of-the-art factory in Ibadan.

The factory is staffed by first class Nigerian engineers and technicians, and research shows that products manufactured in the factory are of the highest international quality. This resulted in the certification of the factory to NIS ISO 9001:2000 by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria on May 18, 2005 with recertification in February 2009.


Our people are the key to maintaining our competitive advantage and ensuring sustainable growth. We employ the best talent and provide a great place to work, to grow and to develop.

Why Choose Us?

British American Tobacco Nigeria is a thriving, dynamic and exciting and a great place to work because we bring our difference to work everyday and have excellent prospects for the future.  Our standards are uncompromising and we prefer to leave an opening unfilled than to recruit someone who does not meet our criteria.

Our business strategy is to attract and retain only the very best talent who can really bring and make the difference in our vibrant business.  We are committed to making this happen.  New people bring fresh ideas, different approaches and individual flair.  The synergy created between new and experienced managers, who know our business inside out, is one of our unique strengths.

At British American Tobacco Nigeria there is no stereotype to conform to.  We look for people who will not only excel in the target job but who have the ability to develop further.

We however know that recruitment is a two way street, just as it is a big thing for us, we recognise that making the right career move is important for you.  Our commitment to getting it right is reflected in the time, rigour and energy we invest.  We are determined to make the experience itself worthwhile for you.





  1. ABIDOYE Opeyemi Rasak

    Good morning, i want to know when British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) would start shortlisting the concerned students for (SIWES) internship…
    These students have submitted their (SIWES) letters/files to u and waiting for your shortlist..

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