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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.

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (Times Higher Education Awards University of the Year 2019 and Scottish University of the Year 2020) possesses a large and internationally leading Engineering Faculty with a proud history of securing major funding for projects from government and other funding agencies and in operating successful joint ventures and partnerships with industrial organisations.

Built on an investment by the Scottish Government alongside a contribution from the University of Strathclyde and a revenue commitment from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, 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). With services and outreach activities designed to bring NMIS’ expertise direct to business, and close connections with Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies, manufacturing businesses of all size and sub-sector right across Scotland can benefit while the skills academy will help employees and manufacturing leaders thrive in a changing manufacturing environment. NMIS’ focus on digital manufacturing, automation and skills will bring benefits across multiple sectors. Industrial manufacturing businesses in aerospace, engineering, automotive, renewables and shipbuilding will particularly benefit, but NMIS will also support businesses in sectors such as oil and gas, chemicals, life sciences and food and drink.

The Digital Factory is a state-of-the-art research facility and digital innovation enterprise. The technical capabilities within the Digital Factory were designed in direct response to the needs of industry, offering a fully connected digital manufacturing environment and helping organisations to experience and integrate the latest Industry 4.0 technology into their operations.

The Director will provide the vision, leadership and entrepreneurial drive to ensure the Digital Factory delivers transformational capabilities to Scottish Industry and work with the wider HVM Catapult network to deliver similar improvement across the UK. The individual will establish the processes and culture that deliver a well-informed and bold research strategy, an effective programme delivery structure, and efficient operational management activity.

The Director will be responsible ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of the Centre through membership, grant funding, and commercial income by engaging with local and international industrial partners, funding agencies and prospective partners/client at the highest level. The Director will also be responsible for establishing a strong research and technology transfer network, bringing together and channelling expertise from the University of Strathclyde, the network of Scottish Universities, Catapult centres, Industrial Partners and the wider UK research community.

This role is a fantastic opportunity for a strong leader to significantly accelerate digital manufacturing innovation and industrial application across a wide range of manufacturing sectors, many of which are currently failing to change at a pace that will allow them to remain globally competitive, or even survive.

This high-profile role will require candidates who have the right blend of strategic vision, technical depth, operational rigour, people skills and business acumen to deliver programme commitments and achieve the impact expected from our government, academic and industrial stakeholders.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dawn Watt, HR Partner, dawn.watt@strath.ac.uk

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The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (Times Higher Education Awards University of the Year 2019 and Scottish University of the Year 2020) possesses a large and internationally leading Engineering Faculty with a proud history of securing major funding for projects from government and other funding agencies and in operating successful joint ventures and partnerships with industrial organisations.

Built on an investment by the Scottish Government alongside a contribution from the University of Strathclyde and a revenue commitment from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, 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). With services and outreach activities designed to bring NMIS’ expertise direct to business, and close connections with Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies, manufacturing businesses of all size and sub-sector right across Scotland can benefit while the skills academy will help employees and manufacturing leaders thrive in a changing manufacturing environment. NMIS’ focus on digital manufacturing, automation and skills will bring benefits across multiple sectors. Industrial manufacturing businesses in aerospace, engineering, automotive, renewables and shipbuilding will particularly benefit, but NMIS will also support businesses in sectors such as oil and gas, chemicals, life sciences and food and drink.

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.

As a member of the NMIS Leadership Group, the NMIS CTO will lead the development and delivery of NMIS’s research programmes ensuring that NMIS remains at the forefront on manufacturing innovation nationally and internationally. They will oversee the coordination of collaborative research with other NMIS affiliated research centres, providing the vision, leadership and drive to ensure NMIS delivers transformational capabilities to Scottish Industry, working with the wider HVM Catapult network to deliver similar improvement across the UK. The NMIS CTO will embed processes and promote a culture that will deliver a well-informed and bold research strategy.

This role is a fantastic opportunity for a strong research leader to significantly accelerate digital manufacturing innovation and industrial application across a wide range of manufacturing sectors, many of which are currently failing to change at a pace that will allow them to remain globally competitive, or even survive.

This high-profile role will require candidates who have the right blend of leadership, strategic vision, technical depth, people skills and business acumen to deliver programme commitments and achieve the impact expected from our government, academic and industrial stakeholders.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dawn Watt, HR Partner, dawn.watt@strath.ac.uk

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  • Salary range: £43,414 - £53,353
  • FTE: 1.0
  • Term: Open-ended
  • Closing Date: 11 December 2022 

The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC) seeks to recruit an Operations Manager to oversee the functioning of the centre. This is a brand new role, and part of the continuing growth of the Centre.

The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC) was established in 2019 near Glasgow’s International Airport by the One Scotland partnership of agencies and is anchored within the University of Strathclyde under the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) umbrella, where it has the status of a Specialist Centre.

The LMC is the embodiment of over £7 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners to establish a world leading research facility for light weighting technologies. The LMC, opened within Westway Industrial Park, Renfrew will relocate to purpose-built facilities in the area within the next twelve months. NMIS is an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise with advanced materials, design and engineering techniques.

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 expertise. The latest major initiative continuing to deliver on this track record is through the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS). NMIS is a lead organisation in the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult network.

Reporting to the LMC Director, the Operations Manager will provide leadership and management across the LMC, ensuring that the LMC undergoes continuous improvement and adaption to reflect the needs and requirements of a modern-day manufacturing with best in practice processes. You will manage all operations, business processes, facilities management, HSE, quality, programme management and the team of technicians. You will be pivotal in the transition planning and move of the LMC to a new facility near Glasgow Airport.

You will be responsible for the appropriate resource and capacity planning of all activities within the LMC to ensure project deadlines are met. Supporting the LMC’s strategic objectives you will liaise directly and work closely with the LMC Director, NMIS Operations Director and the Health & Safety Advisor to ensure the LMC adheres to HSE policies and procedures under ISO 45001.

To be considered for the role you will be educated to a minimum of degree level in a relevant Engineering discipline or have significant equivalent experience. You will have significant knowledge and experience of operations management within a manufacturing or research environment; machining, fabrication, forging/forming, composites etc. You will have a strong customer focus and a logical, analytic, systematic, and creative approach to solving complex problems. You will have managerial experience including leading a varied team. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to interact with a range of stakeholders, strong organisational skills with the ability to delegate effectively and a proven ability to lead, to manage change where required, inspire confidence, encourage a team-based approach, and build effective working relationships.

Please note that due to the requirement to travel between sites and visit partner organisations, you must have a full driving licence and access to your own vehicle.

For informal enquiries, please contact Prof Iain Bomphray, Director, iain.bomphray@strath.ac.uk
 

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  • Salary range: £34,308 - £42,155
  • FTE: 1
  • Term: Fixed (2 years)
  • Closing Date: 25 November 2022 

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. As part of the University’s strategic development the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has been established near Glasgow’s International Airport. The AFRC is the embodiment of a £30 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners seeking to establish a world-leading research facility for forging and forming technologies.

The AFRC is seeking to appoint an experienced Materials Knowledge Exchange (KE) Associate to support the delivery of high value research programmes focused on the characterisations, assessments and modelling of microstructure and mechanical properties in forged or formed components. Recently the Centre has invested significantly in novel forging equipment suitable for large scale investigations and is rapidly developing a multi-disciplinary group that specialises in this area. The KE Associate will also support the delivery of scientific research programmes on materials modelling, simulation of industrial-scale manufacturing processes such as forging (e.g., open-die and closed-die).

The candidate will also be expected to support and contribute to high-value industrial funding proposals in support of a range of projects across the Centre. The post holder will be expected to work between the AFRC and its industrial and academic partners and there will be a strong emphasis on knowledge exchange.

To achieve the above the KE will preferably require some research and/or industrial experience in the following technical areas:

• A good basic knowledge of materials and the way that manufacturing processes can develop or modify a material’s microstructure to achieve desired mechanical properties.
• The use of finite element-based software (e.g. ABAQUS, DEFORM, QForm or similar) for process simulation (e.g. forging, residual stress prediction), and microstructure modelling
• Techniques of materials characterisation e.g. SEM, EDX, WDS, EBSP, optical microscopy and mechanical testing

The post holder will require the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree and PhD for example in Materials Science, Materials Engineering or Mechanical Engineering; we are also interested in candidates with equivalent industrial experience.

To be considered for this role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in an appropriate discipline, or be educated to a minimum of 2:1 Honors degree in addition to significant relevant experience within a relevant industrial environment. The post holder will also have the ability to work autonomously, plan and prioritise their own workload with guidance from a team/project leader, and deal with complex problems presented to them by colleagues. Preferably, the individual will have experience of project planning and delivery, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to interact with a range of stakeholders from industry and/or academia. Lastly, the post holder may be required to make a contribution to the administrative activities of the AFRC including membership of relevant committees. You will have an established track record in providing engineering solutions in an industrial context as well as experience of supporting research and development of manufacturing processes. You will have excellent troubleshooting skills, including a methodical approach to solve complex problems and you will have the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

For informal enquiries, please contact Ioannis Violatos, Materials Modelling Theme Lead, ioannis.violatos@strath.ac.uk

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