Classic KTP Vacancy advertisement details

Reference: 3913/1

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 5HP
Salary: £26,243 - £29,515 per annum
Qualification required: MSc
Closing Date: 20 June 2019
KTP Advert Ref: 3913/1
Fixed-term contract for 24 months
Full-time, 36.5 hours per week

This is an exciting new opportunity for Masters level candidates to participate in an Innovate UK funded KTP project involving WMG at the University of Warwick and Grainger and Worrall Ltd. As a leading foundry delivering advanced castings for high performance and specialist vehicles, Grainger and Worrall are at the global forefront of castings development and innovation.

The aim of the KTP is to support the factory digitisation vision at Grainger and Worrall, enabling growth through increased productivity. The digital technologies will help monitor processes and visualise performance graphically to engage all staff in improving efficiency and decision making. The project includes sensor installation, data acquisition, database integration, user interface development and 3D visualisation. This is a great opportunity for a technically minded person to acquire an advanced level of skills in industrial information systems with support from university experts.

Primarily based at the Grainger and Worrall site in Bridgenorth, you will be working as part of a collaborative research project and must work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team including factory personnel. You should be able to take responsibility and have the confidence and ability to embed the new knowledge to the Grainger and Worrall team through training, paired working and via related documents. Interest in novel technologies, innovative engineering approaches and a solid scientific background & culture would be highly valuable.

This position is a 24 month fixed term contract and offers a dedicated training budget up to £4000 tailored towards your personal development. There is also the opportunity for a mid-term salary review.


To deliver an Innovate UK funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between WMG and Grainger and Worrall Ltd.

The KTP is aiming to bring digital innovation to an innovative automotive foundry. The objectives are to install sensors and data acquisition systems to collect data from across machines and processes to support with scheduling projects, managing resource and planning foundry work. This will require integration of old and new machines through common software; development of management dashboards and creation of a virtual foundry model. Reporting to the project supervisor at Grainger and Worrall, you will work as part of a collaborative research team to embed the new knowledge to the company through training, paired working and documentation.


1. Define, in collaboration with the Grainger and Worrall engineering and production staff, the detailed vision for a Digital Factory; the specific objectives of each work package and the planning of specific tasks and key milestones.

2. Work with foundry supervisors and management to scope the data and information needed to improve the planning and scheduling of projects onto the factory.

3. Define the scope of ‘digitisation’, identifying the machines, equipment and assets, and points of data that will be generated and stored. Identify challenges and solutions to data collection from a diverse range of machines including legacy equipment, basic hand tools and modern machines.

4. Demonstrate how raw data can be processed into useful information using sensors and data integration techniques.

5. Scope the appropriate industrial networks to integrate multiple sources of data and work with IT staff to create an interface into the business IT architecture.

6. Working with foundry supervisors, define the appropriate way to visualise data through web dashboards and deliver information where needed.

7. Create a 3D virtual model of the foundry to display all equipment and live data coming from the machines.

8. Maintain constant communication with Grainger and Worrall and WMG University staff, departments and the project steering committee in order to plan, execute and manage the KTP-related activities.

9. Responsible for establishing dissemination channels and methods (e.g. training courses, dissemination events and presentation, discussion forums, training material, detailed project documentation) in order to ensure an effective knowledge transfer to the Grainger and Worrall staff.

10. Contribute to the preparation of reporting material for the project Steering Committee and support day to day project management tasks.

11. Define a personal development plan with the help of Grainger and Worrall and WMG University staff, and attend all necessary KTP related courses, events, management and reporting meetings as and when necessary.

Further Particulars
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This post is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) initiative funded by Innovate UK. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme that has been helping businesses for the past 40 years to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. If you want to apply your degree and experience, start a “real job” straight away and gain a professional qualification, then a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is what you're looking for. For further information visit

The Candidate will be working as part of a collaborative industrial project and must work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team including factory personnel. Importantly the candidate should be able to take responsibility and have the confidence and ability to lead the project and embed the new knowledge to the Grainger and Worrall team through training, paired working and through organising dissemination events. Interest in novel technologies, innovative engineering approaches and a solid scientific background and culture would be highly valuable.

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

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Skills required: Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
Good honours degree (2:1 or above) in Mechanical Engineering or other engineering degree that includes instrumentation, control systems or data acquisition (a)
Essential Criteria 2
MSc in Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information Systems or Production Management or similar masters level degree (a)
Essential Criteria 3
Knowledge of at least one programming language such as Python or Javascript (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 4
Experience of analysing and processing data (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 5
Excellent computer literacy with interest in working with Linux operating systems (a)
Essential Criteria 6
First-hand experience in the use of digital engineering and 3D modelling tools such as basic CAD work package (e.g. Solidworks, Autodesk products or equivalent) (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 7
Enthusiastic approach to work with a high level of self-motivation (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 8
Experience of project management and good report writing skills (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 9
Ability to work alone and as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a busy, high-pressure manufacturing environment. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 10
Potential to develop into a leadership role, implement change and influence staff at all levels from foundry operations to management (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 11
Excellent interpersonal and analytical skills together with the ability to work with senior management staff (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 12
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including a patient approach to knowledge transfer activities (a) (c) (d)
Desirable Criteria 1
Industrial experience in engineering and production environments, ideally leading a continuous improvement or lean manufacturing project. (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Knowledge of database systems such as MySQL (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 3
The ability or potential to publish high quality work in a relevant field (a) (c)
Knowledge Base Partner: Warwick, The University of
Company partner: Grainger & Worrall Limited
Company business area: Provide castings development and innovation services including up-front engineering, precision machining and engineering consultancy, principally aluminium alloys but also a range of ferrous metals in weights from 1kg to 500kg.
Contact: WMH HR, N/A, Tel: N/A

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