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The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is a team of world-leading academic researchers, industry experts, and business professionals working together to transform manufacturing in Scotland by working with companies of all sizes from across the manufacturing world.

We’re always looking for the best and brightest talent to join us in breaking down barriers to help manufacturers achieve their full potential.

See below for our current vacancies:

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) is an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise where industry, academia and the public-sector support bodies work together to transform skills, productivity and innovation making Scotland and the UK a global leader in advanced manufacturing. NMIS will accelerate innovation by enabling manufacturing companies to trial and test new processes, applications and technologies, demonstrate new manufacturing technologies and processes at an earlier stage and encourage supply chain collaboration at the research stage of product development. We will provide access to modern equipment and expertise to support prototyping, testing, and scale-up to industrial production, helping de-risk investment, especially for SMEs.

The Engagement Advisers will support a range of SMEs by increasing their awareness of digital and advanced manufacturing technologies and enabling them to adopt such process and technologies to benefit their business. This will be done through identifying opportunities for SMEs, scoping suitable projects, securing funding and contributing to the delivery of these industrial research led activities. A key element of this role will be working with partners such as the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) in order to identify the best support for customers.

These roles will work with manufacturing companies throughout Scotland and beyond, either on a one-to-one, or as part of a wider collaborative project, with the objective of supporting Scottish SMEs. As such, post holders will be expected to travel and work remotely.

We are looking for individuals who:

• Are passionate about helping SMEs though improving their access to technology and skills development programmes,
• Have a background in industry, research or innovation, preferably in manufacturing,
• Can work collaboratively as part of a team and communicate effectively with partners, and
• Can deliver against targets set in a strategic plan, to ensure NMIS delivers the best possible impact on manufacturing SMEs.

A key element of this role will be supporting the wider NMIS team, to ensure consideration for SME needs are embedded throughout the NMIS offering. We are looking for candidates who are capable of building relationships with the SME community, of identifying, articulating and championing their needs within NMIS and to funders, and with suitable problem solving and communication skills to be able to do so successfully. Given the focus on identifying SME support needs in manufacturing, the candidates are expected to have a suitable level of technical knowledge and project delivery experience.

NMIS is seeking to recruit a number of individuals into this role, and due to the Pan-Scotland nature of the NMIS operation, there is some opportunity for some of these posts to have a regional focus. This would mean that the primary location could be based in another area of Scotland with one of our partners acting as host. While still working for NMIS, with some travel to the main facility being required from time to time, these regional focused posts would likely serve the SMEs in their assigned area.

Previous applicants need not apply. 

For informal enquiries, please contact Ekaterina McKenna, SME Engagement Lead at ekaterina.mckenna@strath.ac.uk 

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The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological institution and has a long history of working with industry to deliver strong business growth from access to research and innovation. The latest major initiative continuing to deliver on this track record is through the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).

NMIS is a group of industry-led manufacturing research and development facilities transforming skills, productivity and innovation, helping to make Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing. NMIS is based at the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland in Renfrewshire. It is operated by the University of Strathclyde and supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, High-Value Manufacturing Catapult, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council and Renfrewshire Council.

An emerging NMIS initiative is the Digital Process Manufacturing Centre (DPMC), a nationally significant innovation centre created at i3 in North Ayrshire, using the Ayrshire Growth Deal funding as a catalyst for its creation. The focus of the DPMC will be to demonstrate, develop and deliver digital technology to support the UK’s process manufacturing sector's digital challenges. Industry partners engaging with the DPMC will have the opportunity to improve productivity gains, to improve their compliance performance and to help reduce their carbon footprint.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an initiative that will help drive the industrial and economic health of Scotland and the UK.

The Project Manager will be a key role for the DPMC’s successful delivery. The postholder will be responsible for coordinating activity and providing effective project management leadership as well as working with a range of internal stakeholders and external partners. The role includes significant responsibility for helping define, develop and communicate user requirements for the physical infrastructure, working closely with departmental colleagues across the University e.g. Estates, Procurement and Legal.

To be considered for the role you will be educated to a minimum of Degree level in a relevant discipline or have significant relevant experience in a similar role. You will have experience of managing large and complex projects involving a number of stakeholders, good communication skills, with the ability to influence a wide range of stakeholders and you will have good problem solving abilities demonstrating an ability to apply initiative and judgement.

Due to the location of the DPMC in Irvine, North Ayrshire, it is expected that there will be a significant requirement to travel to/from and/or be based at the i3 site at various times throughout its development and establishment, therefore a driving licence and access to your own vehicle is essential.

For informal enquiries, please contact Christopher Lewis, christopher.lewis@strath.ac.uk

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The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) is a bold and ambitious industry-centred project to create an international centre of advanced manufacturing expertise and excellence where industry, academia and public-sector support agencies work together to transform skills, productivity and innovation, making Scotland and the UK a global leader in advanced manufacturing.

NMIS is a truly collaborative project, with partners including the Scottish government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council, Renfrewshire Council and the UK government through the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The University of Strathclyde is the host University for NMIS, which will link to the wider academic communities in Scotland through the Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering and across the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult network.

NMIS will encompass a dedicated facility that will house the Manufacturing Skills Academy (MSA), Digital Factory 2050 and the Innovation Collaboratory. Along with this dedicated new facility, existing and developing research centres will also be part of the broader NMIS Group including the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC).

The Manufacturing Skills Academy is seeking to recruit a Head of Skills Programmes to lead the development and delivery of NMIS education, training and skills programmes, providing expert leadership and guidance to support the growth of the Institute. The Head of Skills Programmes will develop and administer the core teaching and skills programmes for the Manufacturing Skills Academy alongside the Skills Director with support from Head of Skills Capability, and implement appropriate systems for NMIS education, training and skills management, to ensure high-quality delivery to key stakeholders.

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of Degree level in a relevant discipline, have extensive relevant leadership experience with the ability to manage and develop multiple groups of professionals with varying backgrounds and levels of experience; have an established technical and commercial experience within the skills and teaching industry; experience of contributing to the development and delivery of strategy; experience of leading the development and delivery of educational and training programmes that have significant impact, preferably within engineering/manufacturing and industry; a proven track record in securing funding for large scale teaching/training programmes; proven change management skills; experience of working with and influencing senior partners within both the academic and industrial environment; and demonstrable ability to play a key role within a collaborative environment. You will have established links with industry, learned societies, government and/or relevant Chartered/professional bodies; excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to affect behavioural change and build relationships; and personal attributes and style which reflect the University’s Values. 

For informal enquiries, please contact Jim Hannigan, Head of Skills Capability, 07801 732030,  james.hannigan@strath.ac.uk#

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An exciting opportunity has arisen within the NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy to work as part of a team to support the delivery of skills programme from an operational perspective. The MSA will support employers and employees to embrace Industry 4.0 and develop new approaches which build on the provision offered across Scottish institutions, it will look ahead to identify skills gaps and provide access to the latest equipment and training to help companies and individuals prepare for the future and encourage youth to pursue career opportunities in manufacturing, showcasing a clean, high-tech industry which is accessible to all people from all backgrounds.


The NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy has recently been awarded £1.45 million from the NTTF and as such is developing a number of actual and virtual training interventions and opportunities which will focus on the in-demand skills sought by employers in growth areas of the economy such as digital and net-zero. As part of the programme, NMIS is also collaborating with small and medium sized manufacturing businesses across Scotland, giving graduates the opportunity to work and learn with potential employers.

This role will play a key part in supporting the implementation of current and future skills programmes, in particular the NTTF CPD area and on-going funded programmes by providing course coordination support. This will include event organisation and coordination, monitoring and reporting on relevant course metrics and indicators, liaising with content development providers (internally and externally), working closely with the NMIS marketing function to adequately promote courses through the web-site, Eventbrite and social media (as required), and provide general administrative support.

Previous experience working within a fast-paced environment and knowledge of course administration would be beneficial. You will have a broad administrative background, particularly demonstrating experience in finance, resource tracking, and supporting the administrative needs of a fast-moving team working to tight deadlines.

To be considered for this role you will be educated to a minimum of HND level, or equivalent, with relevant experience in a similar role, you will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and good interpersonal skills. Most importantly, you will possess good team working skills, balanced with the ability to organise your own workload within a busy office environment. You will have an ability to work under pressure, on your own initiative and you will be IT literate with experience of Microsoft packages such as Office and Excel. Experience using a Learning Management System would be advantageous.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to James Hannigan, Head of Skills Capability (james.hannigan@strath.ac.uk).

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