Business Transformation Manager

Department: Strategy and Organisation (

Faculty: Strathclyde Business School (

Reference No: 14835

Salary: £30,000

Contract Type: Fixed Term (24 months)

FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)

Closing Date: Sunday, 15 March 2015

William Grant & Sons was established in 1887 and is a family owned premium Spirits Company with a portfolio of award-winning brands that are enjoyed worldwide.  As a business, William Grant & Sons have big ambitions to grow their business by taking more great brands to even more consumers across the world.  To achieve their aspirations, William Grant & Sons recognises the need to become a more agile company both in terms of its ability to effectively upgrade its in-company capabilities and its ability to respond to market demands.  The solution to both these challenges is the development of the core 'enabling' capability that is project management. This enabling capability can then be used to manage both business improvement projects and core business development projects.

As part of developing this project management capability, William Grant & Sons has partnered with Strathclyde Business School to offer an exciting opportunity for a business graduate to join a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

A KTP is a three-way project between you, the business and the university which provides an opportunity for you to manage strategic projects within a company whilst being supported by a dedicated academic supervisor. This position is funded for a period of 24 months by the KTP Programme and in addition to a dedicated personal development budget of £4,000 and there is also an opportunity for further study within the University. We would also encourage you to achieve your Project Management Practitioners (PMP) qualification with the Project Management Institute.

You will become a key part of William Grant’s business transformation team and will work to develop the in-house project management capability including setting up processes and systems, upskilling staff and implementing a Programme Management Office. You will also take responsibility for key transformation projects within the Packaging & Supply Chain division.  In this role you will be a key influencer not only within the company but externally across the supply chain and, if all goes well, we would anticipate that following the 24 month funded period, William Grant & Sons will be keen to continue to employ you within their organisation.

The nature of this role means that you will gain experience in all aspects of this business and be exposed to all layers of the William Grant organisation. You will report to a senior manager and benefit from the support and the profile that this affords.

To be successful in this role you will be a business or management graduate with previous experience of working in a change or project management team within a complex business ideally with experience of working globally.  You will have strong influencing skills and be able to present and communicate information effectively.  You will also be expected to deliver successful outcomes.

Applicants are required to complete an application form including the name of three referees who will be contacted before interview without permission, unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise. Applicants should also submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter as a single document detailing the knowledge, skills and experience you think make you the right candidate for the job. Applicants should also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website ( To apply for this vacancy search job ref: 14835

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Linda Buchan, Knowledge Exchange Fellow  ( 548 6025).

Formal interviews for this post are likely to be held on Monday, 23 March 2015.

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