KTP Associate - McMullen Facades

United Kingdom
Oct 03, 2016
Oct 21, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

The KTP Associate will have responsibility for identifying and embedding intelligent manufacturing systems and processes that will
make McMullen Facades an exemplar of best practice in manufacturing.

More details on the company can be found at www.mcmullenfacades.com


  • In order to be truly flexible and agile in the delivery of customised products, automation must incorporate intelligence offered through ICT technologies (ie Smart factory, Industry 0) and the utliisation of robotic automation, control, sensing, prognostics and end effector solutions.
  • The KTP Associate will capture the process for the conceptual planning, design, verification and testing of new automation platforms. These processes will be reused and developed as new platforms are integrated.
  • The programme of work will consist of the following activities:
  • Review current manufacturing processes.
  • Review digital/smart factory objectives.
  • Technology scouting.
  • Design and develop conceptual manufacturing system with digital simulation verification.
  • Implement and validate reconfigurable manufacturing system cell to MRL
  • Define and implement an Intelligent Advanced Manufacturing System strategy.
  • Design and develop a reconfigurable manufacturing system specification.
  • Validate the reconfigurable manufacturing system to MRL
  • Establish an intelligent advanced manufacturing systems (i-AMS) handbook.

Planning and Organising:

  • Manage and coordinate the items of work as laid out in the project plan (individual work plan will be provided by Supervisors).
  • Plan day-to-day activity within the framework of the agreed work plan.
  • Contribute to the planning and management of the project, approximately 3-6 months in advance.
  • Ensure that all training and development activity is scheduled to ensure that progress on the work plan objectives is not interrupted or delayed.

Resource Management Responsibilities:

  • Plan and manage day-to-day resources to ensure the project runs to time and on budget.
  • Coordinate and obtain approval for planned expenditure/allocation of resources with the Management Committee and Steering Group.
  • Carry out supervision of placement students or other staff members as required.
  • Monitor travel and development budgets and produce a Personal Development Plan which will ensure best use of financial resources.
  • Attend training modules (mandatory and additional job-specific training). This may be local, national and international.
  • Perform any other additional duties as agreed by the Local Management Committee and Steering Groups to contribute to the development of the company, the university and the Associate.

Internal and External Relationships:

  • Present regular progress reports to members of the Steering and Management Groups and to external audiences.
  • Liaise with company staff on a daily basis. Contribute to training of staff in the company and university as required.
  • Build relationships with both company and university staff to ensure effective working practices are established.
  • Attend and contribute to any appropriate meetings, both in the company and the university as required.
  • Establish contacts with additional groups and organisations (other KTP Associates, other university departments, other industrial contacts, and Innovate UK) as required to develop knowledge and understanding and form relationships for future collaboration.





  • Hold at least a 1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in mechanical or production engineering or a closely related discipline.
  • Applicants with a 2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in addition to either one year’s relevant practical experience or a related
  • higher degree will also be considered.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of robotics and automation (may be a final year project or industrial placement).
  • 1 years’ relevant experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Good oral written and presentation skills.
  • High level of IT skills.
  • Ability to think logically, create solutions and make informed decisions.
  • A high level of numeracy and the ability to interpret data. Ability to work effectively as a member of a group.
  • Well organised, attention to detail and ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • An interest in staying with the Company (Associates are normally invited to apply for permanent positions).
  • Ability to take part in Associate management courses (requiring two one-week periods in England).
  • Willing/able to travel throughout the UK and Ireland and abroad, as necessary.


  • Hold a higher degree in a relevant area.
  • Specialist knowledge of digital manufacturing gained through previous employment.
  • 1 years’ experience of working with materials handling and robotic systems.
  • Knowledge of PLC programming.
  • Ability to deliver training and follow-up support to operatives.
  • Ability to influence people effectively.
  • Tenacious and committed to achieving goals.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK programme that enables businesses to work with universities to gain access to specialist knowledge and expertise and apply it within their organisation. Each Partnership recruits a Graduate to work in the company,
implementing and embedding the latest research techniques. Guidance is provided by the academic and company supervisors to ensure that the objectives of the project are met. Although the scheme is aimed at recent graduates, any suitably qualified individual may apply. Each KTP is a fully salaried job that lasts between twelve and thirty six months, providing the graduate with an opportunity to fast track a career in industry. Each KTP Associate has a training and development budget (£2,000 per year) and a travel budget (£2,250 per year). This funding provides opportunities for job-specific training, attending and presenting at conferences, visiting trade shows, customers and suppliers etc. Two, one week residential management training modules are also provided as part of the package. As members of University staff, KTP Associates can join the University pension scheme, gain access to University resources such as the Library and sports facilities.