KTP Associate - Product Engineer
University of Sunderland 13 reviews - England

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University of Sunderland -and Franks Portlock Consulting Limited

Fixed Term for 18 months

Up to £24,000 pa (with the potential for an increase in salary, plus additional benefits including a significant personal development budget)

Established in 2006, Franks Portlock Consulting Limited (FPC) is an Environmental Consultancy providing the following services across the UK:

Asbestos surveys, sampling and testing

Asbestos management and regulatory advice

Bespoke asbestos awareness training courses

Environmental testing from air contaminates to soil and noise assessments

The company intends to expand through innovation into new product development, targeting new opportunities in complementary sectors. In order to support the new product development, the company have developed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Sunderland. The Associate will be employed initially for 18-months to work on a well defined project and will become an integral part of the company.

KTP projects are designed to produce the business leaders of tomorrow, and through the project the Associate will receive a wide range of benefits and opportunities. See http://www.ktponline.org.uk for more information.

This is an important and challenging project which will require a flexible approach and the opportunity to significantly enhance your CV whilst developing your technical and managerial skills. The likelihood is that the role will become permanent on completion of the KTP project.

This KTP project aims to develop new and innovative ultra-portable air sampling products with sophisticated data capture capabilities. Specifically, the project will be to:

Investigate, understand, design and implement the development of the new product

Develop and embed a new product development function into the organisation

You will have a first degree or higher in a relevant field (Electrical/Electronic and/or Mechanical Engineering, or one of the Physical Sciences), which includes design methodologies. In addition, you should also have sound experience of electronics development and integration, along with a good practical understanding of prototyping. Experience of product design and manufacturing would be useful.

You will be self-motivating, able to work effectively in a team but also a self-starter. Other skills include being organised and focused, excellent at problem solving with a good attention to detail. Research and empirical skills are essential and you will have the ability to collect and analyse data. The ability to communicate at all levels of an organisation and interact with customers and other stakeholders is essential. Effective project management skills are required.

You will also benefit from university and company support. KTP projects provide excellent experience for Graduates and the package of benefits includes a good basic salary, a personal development budget and access to University expertise. There may be an opportunity to take an MSc in Professional Practice. Specific managerial and technical competencies that you will develop by taking part in this KTP include:

Development of a portfolio of R&D and management skills.

Experience of R&D at the forefront of innovative approaches to air sampling, developing competences relevant to the air quality monitoring sector, including product development and introduction techniques, sensor technologies and integration, and data analysis.

Improve communication and interaction skills through user consultation, training and customer facing activities.

Develop a wide set of managerial skills through overall project management, including:
o managing the product development from concept to launch
o commercial and communication skills
o managing the product testing and marketing
o user consultation, training and customer facing activities

If you have any questions about the post please contact Peter Chalder-Wood, Business Development Manager at the University on 0191 5153528 or e-mail peter.chalder-wood@sunderland.ac.uk

Ref No: KTPA48/2231

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Closing date: 18 th November 2012

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Date placed: Thursday, 8 November 2012

Closing date: Sunday, 18 November 2012

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Professional or Managerial

Subject Area:
Engineering and Technology

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Production Engineering and Manufacturing


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