KTP Associate - W.H. Tildesley Ltd


Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) (www.afrc.org.uk/), Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (www.strath.ac.uk/dmem/)


Faculty of Engineering (www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/)

Staff Category

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

Reference No


Reports To

Professor William Ion, Projects Director



Salary Range:

Up to £28,000 depending on experience

Contract Type:

Fixed Term (24 months)


1 (35 hours/week)

Closing Date

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Job Advert

The Advanced Forming Research Centre at the University of Strathclyde in partnership with W.H.Tildesley Ltd seek to appoint a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate. The KTP is a trilateral collaborative project between the associate, the university and an industrial partner (see www.ktponline.org.uk). The main objective of this position is to enhance the Company’s capability to expand into high-value-adding markets through the transfer and embedding of knowledge of high performance materials and the development of enhanced manufacturing processes.

The successful candidate will be employed by the University to work within the company, W.H.Tildesley in Willenhall, Wolverhampton and will be fully supported by a team of academics based at the University of Strathclyde. The Associate will act as a conduit to deliver academic expertise into the company. Support includes an individual development plan, structured personal training, and registration for a PhD (free of charge) is expected if appropriate. The Associate will work with the Company’s Senior Management Team and will be involved in strategic business planning and development processes.

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow has an internationally-rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. It is now home to the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) a £30 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners to establish the UK’s leading research facility for forging and forming technologies. The AFRC has state-of-the-art industrial-scale metalforming equipment for the purposes of research and development supported by a full suite of material testing, component evaluation, and simulation tools. 

W.H.Tildesley Ltd is a one-stop shop for small-batch production of complex forged components in a wide range of materials for customers from a variety of industries. The company already uses integrated CAD-CAM systems linked to state-of-the-art CNC Milling machines combined with Finite-Element forging simulation software for the rapid production of affordable forging dies. The company now needs to significantly enhance its knowledge of high performance alloys as part of a strategy to expand into high-value-adding markets such as Aerospace, Oil and Gas.

This 24-month post with W. H. Tildesley Ltd is an exciting and challenging position which will provide an ambitious and committed candidate with valuable experience in the behaviour of high-performance metals in metal-forming processes and first-hand experience in the development and implementation of strategic manufacturing capability. A successful performance in this project could lead to a senior management position.

To be considered for the role, you should possess a minimum of a 2:1 honours engineering degree of relevance to manufacturing process design and materials engineering and preferably have some manufacturing work experience.  You should be enthusiastic for the role and confident with the ability to influence people and change habits and norms. You should also be self-sufficient and a self-starter with excellent communication, interpersonal and project management skills.

Further info on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (http://www.strath.ac.uk/hr/workforus).  Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to William Ion, Projects Director, AFRC (w.j.ion@strath.ac.uk).

Equality and Diversity:   We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

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