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Production Engineering Manager – KTP Associate

Aston Business School

Location:  Hospital Direct (Marketing) Ltd, Units 3-4, Green Industrial Estate Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 8LG
Salary:  £32,000 per annum
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (24 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 23 October 2022
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  R220622
Release Date:  Friday 23 September 2022

The project will aim to implement digitalisation of key operational and production control processes by adopting an Industry 5.0 approach that will drive productivity and efficiency improvements, and sustainable business growth in the healthcare sector.

The KTP project addresses HDL's real business need to improve its production processes and efficiency to reduce production costs and enhance sustainability by addressing four strategic objectives:

    Business Growth- exploiting growing market opportunities in the UK healthcare sector through a comprehensive approach to addressing market drivers including cost, sustainability (net zero Carbon) and reshoring overseas manufacture.

    Expanding premises - to build manufacturing capacity.

    Expand Export Markets -e.g. Australia, Middle East, Europe.

    Improving Sustainability - becoming a net zero carbon supplier. 

Candidate Profile: Qualified to MSc level, ideally with a first degree in either Production Engineering or Business and Computing, followed by a Masters/ MBA focussed on Business/ Operations Management with relevant IT modules. The candidate should have experience of working in a manufacturing setting with some hands-on experience of digital manufacturing and modern management practices. They should also have an understanding, at least at a conceptual level of Industry 5.0.

The role would suit a candidate seeking to become an ICT/ IS business process change consultant/ manager.

Key skills/ experience required include:

    Experience or technical understanding about working with hardware

    Knowledge of PLC control systems; Developing data collection apps

    Accessing data, data analytics, Data Flow Diagrams, Value Stream Mapping

    High-level programming languages e.g. Python

    Knowledge of statistical software packages e.g. SPSS or R

    Experience of business simulation software e.g. Anylogic

    Swimlane Diagramming Techniques for modelling business processes

    Human Factors Analysis and Classification to model human factors

    Experience with industrial Engineering Diagnostic tools

Personal attributes:

    Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

    Proactive attitude to cope with the typical day-to-day challenges encountered in working in a technology-based industry, finding original solutions that will be crucial to deliver the project with the necessary high levels of innovation

    Highly self-motivated, able to work independently and as a part of the team, as and when required, in line with results driven commitment of the entire team

    Confident with good persuasion and negotiation skills.  

    Management skills either in an academic or industrial environment are desirable.

    Fit in with the organisational culture and present a positive image of the company to clients.

Additional Benefits:

    Up to £4000 for personal and professional development for the duration of the project

This is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Hospital Direct (Marketing) Ltd and Innovate UK-KTN. 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: Hospital Direct (Marketing) Limited (HDL) manufactures and supplies a range of patient handling and other medical related products such as PPE. The company operates from premises in Shropshire, and supplies primarily into the UK health sector but does export to Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Core market sectors include: Acute Hospitals, Community Care Trusts and Local Authorities, Private Care Homes/Groups, Community Loan Stores Management Companies (B2B), Private Individuals (via website). The company is currently in a phased investment programme to dramatically improve productivity and increase turnover by 3-4 times within the next three to five years by targeting carefully selected product/market areas.  More about the company: 

Aston University: You will work in a project team with Dr Donato Masi and Dr Viktor Pekar at Aston Business School, and the Senior Management Team at Hospital Direct (Marketing) Ltd (HDL) with the support of the IUK’s Knowledge Transfer Adviser.  

Location: You will be based predominantly at Hospital Direct (Marketing) Ltd in Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire, but will also have access 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, Reader, Aston Business School, E-mail:

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Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We are committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised by a silver award, and we are a Disability Confident Employer Level 2. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit:

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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