KTP Associate - Confederation of British Metalforming


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

Staff Category

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

Reference No


Reports To

Michael Ward, Technical Director, University of Strathclyde and Ken Campbell, Energy and Forging Sector Specialist,- Confederation of British Metalforming



Salary Range:

Up to £25k depending on experience, plus £4k training budget

Contract Type:

Fixed Term (24 months)


1 (35 hours/week)

Closing Date

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Job Advert

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners.  As part of the University’s strategic development the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has been established at Inchinnan near Glasgow’s International Airport, in partnership with multi-national companies such as Rolls-Royce and The Boeing Company. The AFRC is the embodiment of over £30 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners to establish a world leading research facility for forging and forming technologies.  Since 2011 it has been a part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The Advanced Forming Research Centre’ objective is to enable manufacturers and end users of high integrity components to exploit fundamental and applied research that will improve the cost effectiveness of their supply chains and the capability of their products. To achieve this objective the AFRC’ key disciplines are material characterisation, forging and forming, numerical simulation and engineering technology. The AFRC is home to state of the art industrial scale equipment for the purposes of research and development and has access to a full suite of material testing, component evaluation, and simulation tools. 

The Advanced Forming Research Centre at the University of Strathclyde in partnership with Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM) seek to appoint a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate.

A KTP is a three-way project between an associate, a business and a university (see www.ktponline.org.uk). The associates are recruited to manage strategic projects within the company, whist being supported by a dedicated academic supervisor. Founded in 1975, KTP is one of Europe’s largest recruitment programmes. This position is funded for a period of 24 months by the KTP Programme. This is an opportunity to join a project which will offer challenging business analysis and process improvement work within a supportive, well managed and motivated team environment. In addition to a dedicated personal development budget of £4,000 and there is also an opportunity for further study within the University (MSc). It is also anticipated that following the 24 month period, the company will continue the employment of the Associate.

The CBM is the leading trade association for UK manufacturers of fasteners, forgings and pressings; the very building blocks of UK manufacturing. CBM members provide high quality components to key industry sectors; indeed virtually every manufacturing sector buys components from a CBM member company, most of which hold a range of third party quality accreditations. In addition to CBM's manufacturing companies, its associate members include suppliers of materials, equipment, consumables and services, universities (both in the UK and overseas) and research bodies - a true reflection of CBM's support of a totally integrated metalforming community. The successful candidate will be based within the company, Confederation of British Metalforming, in Birmingham 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, personal training, and registration for a Higher Degree (free of charge) is expected if appropriate.

The main objective of this position is to develop and embed advanced energy modelling, simulation and optimisation capability within the CBM organisation in order to facilitate growth through an improved energy efficiency service offering to member companies.

To be considered for the role, you should possess a minimum of a 2:1 honours engineering degree including some materials science or manufacturing content and have some experience of the metalforming sector.  You should be enthusiastic 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.

This 24-month post based at Confederation of British Metalforming in West Bromwich, Birmingham is an exciting and challenging position which will provide an ambitious and committed candidate with valuable experience.


For an application pack visit http://vacancies.strath.ac.uk or contact Human Resources, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XQ. Tel. 0141 553 4133, quoting ref: 14097

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