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Digital Platform Specialist - KTP Associate

Aston Business School

Location:  Predominantly working from home (virtual), but monthly meetings at Index Soft Limited, 1 Fore Street Avenue, London, EC2Y 9DT
Salary:  £37,000 per annum
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (24 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 21 July 2024
Interview Date:  Monday 29 July 2024
Reference:  0384-24
Release Date:  Monday 08 July 2024

This Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project aims to create a ground-breaking Multisided Platform for the remote work ecosystem, that will consolidate processes like vetting, hiring, onboarding and project management into one platform. Specifically designed for software engineers and technology employers, leveraging blockchain for secure and transparent employment solutions.

Index Soft Limited (ISL), formed in 2019, is a UK registered company, operating as a remote organisation. ISL connects high calibre software engineers mainly from South-East Europe with mature tech start-ups in the UK and US.

This KTP will directly address significant market demand for software engineering, offering a one-stop-shop recruitment solution for clients. The new embedded capabilities developed during the KTP will provide a genuine competitive advantage, plus enable continued innovation and agility to rapidly respond to opportunities, within the fast-paced tech sector. 

This KTP is a great opportunity for someone who wishes to become a business change consultant/manager. You will work with senior University academics on a commercial project which puts theory and modelling into practice. 

Candidate Profile: Minimum MSc in a Data Science related topic ideally with a focus on digital platforms and strategy. An MBA or PhD would be desirable.

Skills/ experience required include:


  • Expertise in digital strategy, multisided platforms, agile development and product development
  • Strategic and analytical thinker with the ability to translate research into actionable strategies
  • Industry experience with a focus on technology recruitment and product strategy


  • Proficiency in design research, data strategy, design thinking and entrepreneurship
  • Innovative problem solver, excellent communicator, and adept in navigating global compliance issues

Main responsibilities: 

  • Develop and implement a strategic framework for the recommended system
  • Lead product strategy including R&D, market analysis and experimentation
  • Guide corporate strategy initiatives, including identifying acquisition targets and conducting due diligence
  • Ensure legal compliance of the platform across multiple jurisdictions, including GDPR implementation
  • Collaborate with founders to define product revenue models and streamline financial processes

Personal attributes:

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills. The ability to work within a cross-disciplinary project team
  • Leadership and maturity of communication and organisation skills to deliver the KTP project and ensure it achieves agreed milestones and objectives 
  • Ability to work independently and use initiative
  • Strong desire to pursue innovative approaches and pathways
  • Ability to work closely with all stakeholders and establish an effective knowledge transfer process in the company

Additional Benefits and support:

Career prospects: 

60% of our KTP associates are being offered employment by the companies at the end of the KTP.

KTP’s are a proven springboard for Associates who wish to develop careers in consultancy, change management, operations or as University academics in PhD programmes. 

This is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Newtown Packaging Limited and Innovate UK

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are collaborative, three-way partnerships creating positive impact and driving innovation by linking various businesses with the UK's world class knowledge bases to deliver innovation projects led by skilled graduates. 

It is essential you understand how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you secure this position. To learn more please visit:

The Company: Index Soft Limited (ISL), formed in 2019, is a UK registered company, operating as a remote organisation. ISL connects high calibre software engineers mainly from South-East Europe with mature tech start-ups in the UK and US. 

Aston University: You will work in a project team with Dr Donato Masi, Professor Joshua Ignatius and Dr Reza Marvi from Aston University and the Senior Management Team at Index Soft Limited with the support of the IUK’s Knowledge Transfer Adviser.  

Location: You will be predominantly working from home (virtual) but will have access to Index Soft Limited offices in London and to facilities at Aston University in central Birmingham. Some travel to key clients may also be required.

For informal enquiries about this role please contact Dr Donato Masi, e-mail: 

If you think this isn’t the right opportunity for you, please explore other KTP vacancies across the country: 

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