Process Analyst (KTP Associate)

Salary:  Up to £27k 
FTE:  1.0 
Term:  Fixed (2 years)
Closing Date: 08 October 2017

The Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (DMEM) at the University of Strathclyde in partnership with Johnstons of Elgin seek to appoint a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate. The KTP is a trilateral collaborative project between the Associate, the University and a company partner.

Based at Johnstons of Elgin in Elgin, Moray, Johnstons has over two hundred years of tradition and expertise in textile manufacturing. For Johnstons, luxury begins with outstanding craftsmanship, using the highest quality, natural fibres. Johnstons lead the world in cashmere and woollens, sourcing only the finest raw fibres available and supplying the world's top luxury brands. The experience and tradition rooted in their history have been passed down through generations to ensure they are preserved and represented in the products made today. A strong sense of continuous natural renewal and evolution courses through the Elgin and Hawick mills, expressed each season in accessories, knitwear, home interiors and apparel cloth collections. Johnstons are the only manufacturer in Scotland to maintain the capability to take natural fibres from their raw state, through every stage of the process, to perfectly finished products. Over the years they have expanded their business and extended the mill, but have also built a community, which, time and again, has proved to be their greatest asset. To date they employ just over 1000 employees. Johnstons commitment to their people is their pledge to the future – the Training Centre in Hawick offers apprenticeships to people of all ages and is central to Johnstons vision of supporting and developing a legacy. Johnstones are especially concerned with the preservation of traditional craft, doing their utmost to ensure the conservation of these special, increasingly rare, skills.

The focus of the project will be on controlling process variability whilst maintaining the core values of craftsmanship and the heritage brand. This will involve sensitive implementation of carefully designed six-sigma methodologies accompanied by data analytics and a novel expert knowledge capture method. Currently the business relies on tacit knowledge. The aim of the project is to quantify the tacit knowledge with a view to creating explicit understanding and surety around process variation and control. This is an exciting opportunity for an analytically minded, people-oriented individual to have a real impact on the Scottish textiles industry. 

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of 2:1 Degree level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Engineering Management, Management Science, Operations Management, Systems Engineering or a related discipline. You will have experience and/or knowledge of process improvement, data analysis, expert knowledge capture and implementation of new processes in industry. You will have excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to interact with a wide range of stakeholders and to disseminate research outcomes through publications and presentations.

* Following this 2 year fixed term appointment; there may be the opportunity for you to be offered future employment within Johnstons of Elgin. 

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Abigail Hird, Lecturer 0141 574 5288

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