Classic KTP Vacancy advertisement details

Reference: 3436/1

Location: Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN4 5EA
Salary: £24K–£27K(up to £33K for an exceptional candidate)
Qualification required: First or upper second class degree with honours
Closing Date: 04 June 2017
KTP Advert Ref: 3436/1
Are you interested in shaping the future of the development of the next generation of Aircrete blocks? Are you an excellent communicator and project manager? If so this may be the role for you.

The University of Derby and Forterra are offering a rare opportunity to lead a strategic project to research and source environmentally ground breaking raw material for Aircrete blocks. The project could transform the company's future in this product.

Forterra are looking for an enthusiastic recent graduate to help deliver a project to take a new innovative approach to bringing this product to market. This is a real opportunity to make a difference in a dynamic manufacturing business.

We are looking for a graduate with a first or upper second class degree with honours in an Earth Science or Property/Planning subject and ideally an MSc or MPhil in a related subject, to undertake a 24 month fixed term position between the University of Derby and Forterra.

To undertake this role you will have experience of assessment and analysis of mineral raw materials and their applications, you will possess the ability to gain accurate knowledge and understand planning, permitting issues, certification requirements, and extraction and beneficiation methods. You will need to be able to demonstrate Project Management Skills – and a proficiency in the use of project management tools. You will also need industrial report writing skills to a high standard as well as excellent spoken English. A passion for working with high risk projects would be of benefit.

You will have a structured and logical approach with excellent presentation skills and the ability to analyse, interpret and categorise complex levels of data.

Company Business Area (

Forterra is a UK leader in manufactured masonry products, with a unique combination of leading market positions in clay bricks and concrete blocks. Their brick and block products are complemented by a well-rounded portfolio of bespoke construction products, many of which are made-to-measure or customised.

Forterra has industry recognised brands, with its trusted range of clay and concrete products used extensively within the construction industry. The company manufacture and sell bricks, dense and lightweight (Aircrete) blocks, precast concrete, concrete paving and other complimentary building products.
Skills required: Essential Criteria

• Project Management Skills
• Able to work as part of a team, but also able to work
independently when required.
• Commercial Acumen
• Capable of dealing with resistance to change
• Ability to undertake analysis and interpretation of data
• Excellent presentation and communication Skills

Business requirements

• Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organisation
and with external organisations
• Ability to travel to sites around the country (valid driving license

Desirable Criteria


• MSc in Geology/Geography or a Land/Property/Planning/Permitting
related qualification

Skills, knowledge and abilities

• Understanding of Planning/Permitting/Property/Waste Management
Legislation and Guidance
Knowledge Base Partner: Derby, University of
Company partner: Forterra plc
Company business area: Manufacture masonry products, clay bricks and concrete blocks and bespoke construction products.
Contact: Dawn-Marie Willmer, University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB, Tel: 01332592440

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