Placements

Placement Title Company Business Location
Marketing Strategy - Digital Marketing and Sales Planning Project

This placement will be run entirely remotely in-line with the current regulations regarding COVID-19.

We deliver industrial technology infrastructure to customers across the UK, Europe and North America. From factory floor to boardroom we are leaders in secure, high availability infrastructure consultancy, design, delivery and support. In the last 3 years we have pivoted the company towards Industrial IoT technologies, and we now need to develop inbound and outbound marketing capabilities to support and grow this activity.

The primary outcome of this project is to generate prospects, leads and sales contacts in our target market. The second key outcome will be the development of a strategic marketing and sales plan to support company growth and contribute to the achievement of our company sales objectives and targets.

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

Market Research & Development of Marketing Strategy

  • Research existing clients, contacts, partners, processes, activities
  • Develop marketing strategy which will include:
    • Situational analysis
    • Identify target audiences, markets and communities
    • Communications mix & content plan
    • Marketing strategy deployment plan
    • Targets & objectives
    • Develop KPIs and metrics to track performance
  • Research market sectors and build prospect / leads lists
  • Liaise with Sales Team to develop leads into opportunities

Marketing Materials

  • Liaise with Sales Team and key vendors / partners to organise virtual events / workshops with potential prospects
  • Development of virtual event invitations, slide decks and follow-up documentation
  • Host events and follow-up with attendees to develop prospects into leads and opportunities

Market Research & Development of Marketing Strategy

  • Development of a content and contact plan to establish a social media presence and brand awareness in our target market
  • Successful completion of case studies and whitepapers which will include endorsements and feedback from high profile clients
  • Liaise with key vendors / partners to develop social media content for our target audience
  • Development of engaging email campaigns to send to prospects list

Virtual Events

  • Successful organisation and delivery of virtual events with potential prospects and leads
  • Successful conversion of event attendees into qualified leads and opportunities

Skills required:

  • A self-starter with the proven ability to work on their own initiative
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills and an ability to tell a compelling story
  • An eye for creative design; experience with desktop / web publishing software packages is also desirable
  • Experience of creating marketing strategies, including social media strategies and content and the ability to identify key words for search engine optimisation
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving & numeracy skills

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:

  • Working with teams and individuals at all levels of the business including senior management
  • Contribution to strategy development and execution
  • Production of high-quality marketing materials, collateral, web site/blog content and other media
  • Liaising with third-party partners i.e. suppliers and end-customers
  • Co-ordinating and combining various resources for virtual seminars / presentations (event management skills)
  • Working to tight deadlines
  • Insight into sales and business processes

Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:

  • Analytical and organisational skills
  • Commercial awareness and business savviness
  • Strategic thinking, planning and activity execution
  • Creative & design skills
  • Self- and time-management skills

*Placements are flexible, and the project hours can be worked to fit around your studies over the course of the placement period

*Hourly rate is £9.24 plus £1.12 holiday pay

Nottingham
Project Researcher - Workforce Management System This placement will be run entirely remotely in-line with the current regulations regarding COVID-19

We are looking to work with a talented postgraduate as a Project Researcher and Developer to research and implement a suitable workforce management software system for our business to replace our original system. This will be a practical project working with us to examine business critical criteria, identifying gaps, reviewing new products and providing recommendations.

The business critical system needs to be capable of ensuring that not only are the current high levels of service maintained but can be improved upon and be able to respond to potential future developments.

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
  • Understand the current workforce management system and its capabilities in relation to service delivery criteria
  • In conjunction with the Service Manager document all business critical criteria that a new workforce management software system must have
  • Identify weaknesses/improvement areas in the work flow process
  • Based on the research findings, identify suitable alternative workforce management systems
  • Investigate the capabilities, functionality, benefits and features of each system
  • Undertake discussions with each of the potential providers to cover the various elements and requirements for the system
  • Shortlist potential providers which have met the required specific criteria and would also support the areas identified for improvement
  • Present your overall findings and provide the service manager and operational directors with a synopsis of the additional benefits/improvements that each supplier would be able to offer
  • Arrange and view demonstrations with the shortlisted software suppliers

Skills required:

  • Educated to degree level, ideally within an IT based course, however applications from other degree courses, which have a strong research grounding, will be considered
  • Excellent verbal and written communication capability
  • Demonstrable effective and proven research and analysis skills
Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
  • Data analysis of information produced for a software system
  • Practical experience of delivering infrastructure improvement
  • Critical infrastructure experience and research
  • Applied research
Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:
  • Business process engineering
  • Understanding critical purchasing and requirements
  • Experience of linking systems and business infrastructure
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team

*Hourly rate is 9.24 pounds plus 1.12 pounds holiday pay
Underwood
Strategic Sustainability Business Framework Toolkit Development Project This placement will be run entirely remotely in-line with the current regulations regarding COVID-19

The project is to assist us in transferring the SME Sustainability Framework Toolkit we have designed into a tangible on-line product, create a website for it and a podcast alongside other marketing channels.

We are looking to work with a talented Postgraduate to provide us with a problem solving, evidence based approach, critical analysis and knowledge and expertise to support our growth and development.

You will assist us in developing the market analysis, marketing plan, the business plan, pricing structure, course content, process within the framework/ toolkit and its readiness to transfer on-line. Evidence is required to develop an authentic and robust SME Sustainability Framework Toolkit.

Candidates will need to take an analytical, problem solving approach to initial desk research and a creative, innovative approach to assisting with the product development.

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

This practical project with be supporting the development of the Toolkit into a tangible online product, including developing;
  • A business plan for the SME sustainability toolkit
  • A marketing plan for the SME sustainability toolkit
  • On-line course alongside podcast development
  • Marketing assets for specific digital channels

Skills required:
  • Technological and innovative skills to take the business sustainability strategy framework to multiple platforms and ultimately on-line course
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving skills
  • High levels of IT proficiency
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Attention to detail

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
  • Market analysis
  • Researching podcasting
  • New product research including pricing
  • Podcast development
  • On-line course design
  • Asset design for digital channels

Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:
  • Preparing a Marketing plan
  • Preparing a Business plan
  • Podcast development/ Podcasting
  • Product pricing
  • Course content writing/ process development
  • Product development

*Hourly rate is 9.24 pounds plus 1.12 pounds holiday pay
Nottingham
Marketing and Social Media Development Project

*This placement will be run entirely remotely in-line with the current regulations regarding COVID-19.

We are seeking to work with a bright and enthusiastic postgraduate to support the growth of our social media and marketing activity in one of our specialist sectors: Automotive, Medical Products, Defence, Aerospace, Nuclear and similar industries.

We are happy to adapt the project to reflect the skills and specialities of the successful candidate. This is a practical project and we will be gauging the outcomes of it to inform us of future marketing activity. The successful candidate has a real opportunity to provide impact on our organisation moving forward.

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement

Working with the business to develop and implement social media activity and to cover key aspects including:

  • Expertise to support the business to develop and grow their social media presence for increased marketing activity.
  • Provide increased visibility of the business across different social media platforms.
  • Developing and implementing a social media-marketing plan.
  • Reporting on activity and providing feedback and plans on developing the engagement.
  • To create a timeline and practical recommendations on sector targeting.

Skills required:

  • Digital marketing skills
  • Online marketing
  • Email marketing
  • Branding
  • Good communicator
  • Research skills
  • Design and Creative Skills

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:

  • Digital Marketing Strategy Development
  • Creative Skills
  • Working in an established business
  • Working across multiple sectors

Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:

  • Communication skills
  • Digital Design
  • Report writing and Presentation skills
  • Visioning

*Placements are flexible, and the project hours can be worked to fit around your studies over the course of the placement period.

*Hourly rate is £9.24 plus £1.12 holiday pay.

Nottingham
Sports Marketing Impact Analyst

*This placement will be run entirely remotely in-line with the current regulations regarding COVID-19.

We have partnered with the biggest grassroots football channel to deliver reach and impact into key parent, player and coaching audiences. We know what we do works; we need the right person to help us discover the impact, reach, value and future potential in our product.

You will be looking back into activity for the last six months helping us to understand what our engagement has been and the potential reach and impact. You will be reporting these findings clearly, highlighting recommendations and opportunities. The work will help us to establish key selling points into existing football clients including The FA, EFL and Premier League as well as commercial partners including McDonald's and Mars.

This work will show how, through targeted engagement, we can meet strategic brand objectives, provide value and deliver return on investment. It will identify other organisations and businesses who will benefit from a similar service and offer mutual benefits to an engaged audience.

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

  • The project will provide an in-depth report into the impact of the last 6 months' activity.
  • It will highlight specific behaviours and post-activity to illustrate effective activity.
  • It will culminate in clear identification of impact, ROI and future potential.
  • It will include recommendations for new prospects and improvements.

Skills required:

  • We know people work best when they are happy - you should be someone who enjoys research and reporting.
  • We are looking for a person whose first response to a problem is to work out how they can help.
  • We are looking for someone who will offer ideas and solutions. Someone who enjoys finding the best solution, can articulate their findings and will push to get the answers we need.
  • Experience on similar research or marketing insight is desirable but not essential.
  • The successful candidate should have a good understanding of digital marketing, particularly social media. You will be familiar with research, analysis and reporting. Attention to detail and dedication to accuracy is vital.

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:

  • Research and analysis
  • Reporting
  • Sports marketing
  • ROI and impact
  • Brand and commercial engagement
  • Presentation and delivery

Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:

  • We will provide support and guidance to help you present ideas and how to communicate them more effectively.
  • You will finish the project feeling confident and assured in what you do having made useful connections in the marketing industry.
  • You will gain experience working as part of a professional team environment.

*Placements are flexible, and the project hours can be worked to fit around your studies over the course of the placement period.

*Hourly rate is £9.24 plus £1.12 holiday pay.

Nottingham
Digital Marketing and Platform Development for new Online Training Programme

*This placement will be run entirely remotely in-line with the current regulations regarding COVID-19.

We are in our 13th year of trading providing coaching, training, resources in the areas of Leadership Mindset and Leadership Development.   

Working in partnership with another trainer, we will be launching a new 90-day development programme in July called Recession Proof Leadership with the aim of supporting leadership through the impending recession. Support is needed for the project in 3 key areas:

  • Digital Marketing for the project (Landing Page, SEO, Social Media, Ads and specific sector targeting)
  • A platform for the videos and resources that will be provided on a weekly basis  
  • The creation of a White Paper on Leaders and Recession

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement

The project will produce a 13-week online programme called Recession Proof Leadership, which will be a combination of weekly live Webinars, video and resources. The successful candidate will be vital in the development and delivery of the programme. Key areas of work will include:

  • A marketing plan using social media to promote all aspects of the programme.  
  • Development of the agreed plan into sustainable products and tools including YouTube video channel, bite size videos of a range of learners. 
  • The Creation of a White Paper on Leaders and Recession. 
  • Identify and target specific markets to increase the volume of business. 
  • An established and increasing following on social media. 
  • Develop the initial assets which can be easily taken forward as part of the business processes. 

Skills required:

  • Website set up (WordPress ideally)
  • Highly organised and a self-starter
  • Search Engine Optimisation   
  • Social Media  
  • Graphic Design  
  • Online hosting platforms

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:

  • This project will provide the opportunity to learn and use new technologies in the digital marketing area.
  • Insight into the development of a new product.
  • The project management and control around taking a product to market.
  • How to market a new product or service to the market. 

Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:

  • SEO
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Online platform development
  • White paper research and production

*Placements are flexible, and the project hours can be worked to fit around your studies over the course of the placement period.

*Hourly rate is £9.24 plus £1.12 holiday pay.

Nottingham
Developing Future Markets Post Covid-19

*This placement will be run entirely remotely in-line with the current regulations regarding COVID-19.

We are a Virtual PA and Secretarial company specialising in supporting independent therapists and case managers (private health) with their day-to-day business administration. We currently have a team of 12 Virtual PAs working from home using their professional highly experienced administration skills. One area of specialism is the proof reading and formatting of highly complex and lengthy Expert Witness reports, which are submitted to the court. This forms part of the process for clients seeking life-long rehabilitation and care for those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury either through accident or childbirth.

We are looking for a bright and enthusiastic postgraduate to look at new target market within the health sector for us consider post Covid-19. The ideal candidate will require a curious mind, thinking about how companies:

  • Have adapted during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Have been able to successfully change from office working to home working.
  • Have been able to generate innovative new ways of running their business.
  • Are pivoting on the back of the current Covid-19 crisis.

Areas to consider when looking for an alternative target market; the target market will:

  • Require specialist admin support.
  • Require specialist knowledge of the systems and applications used.
  • Produce lots of documentation to be completed to deadlines.
  • Produce reports which can be lengthy, complex, detailed with both written content and numerical calculations.
  • Be required to adhere to ethical standards, confidentiality and Data Protection legislation (GDPR).

The postgraduate will need to identify which other markets within the ‘health industry’ need the above requirements. There are a couple of emerging industries of interest:

What other industries with health would be more compelling?

Looking at these industries, which ones are likely to grow post Covid-19, can adapt, be virtual, be creative and be happy working in a change environment?

The postgraduate will be required to consider what our message would be to this new target market. How would we approach companies in this new identified market with their Virtual PA and Secretarial services?

The placement will involve in-depth research, presenting recommendations and evidence to back up their assumptions. This can be in the form of a written report and/or PowerPoint presentation.

We do not want any secondary research reports, which are available to purchase from the many research libraries. We are more interested in ideas and concepts instead of lots of information with stats and percentages.

The postgraduate will work closely with the 2 directors to help them identify their next key target market. This project would suit someone who is very organised, a creative thinker with excellent oral and written skills.

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

  • To identify a new target market for us to explore
  • To think about what the message would look like – in order to approach companies in this new target market with their Virtual PA services.
  • To produce recommendations to the 2 directors with evidence backed assumptions.

Skills required:

  • Curious and creative mind
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Report writing skills
  • An interest in how business works

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:

  • Research skills
  • Further development of communication skills working with directors of a business
  • In-depth understanding of how a business operates.
  • Writing and presentation skills.

*Placements are flexible, and the project hours can be worked to fit around your studies over the course of the placement period.

*Hourly rate is £9.24 plus £1.12 holiday pay.

*Postgraduate Placements Nottingham are unable to support international work placements due to the differences in employment laws – this means we cannot support placements where the student is currently living abroad. Please note that all applicants must be resident in the UK at the time they apply for and work on their placements in their entirety.

Newark
Automating brewing water analysis using VBA and Userforms

*This placement will be run entirely remotely in-line with the current regulations regarding COVID-19.

We are renowned for supplying the brewing industry in the UK and beyond. For many years we have specialised in treating water to ensure it is fit for brewing. Working from an early foundation already in place, the successful candidate will work with the technical team to develop a system capable of speeding up the process of generating reports from raw data. 

Our laboratory analyses over 1000 water samples per year for ionic content and prepares reports recommending treatments for different styles of beer. Currently this requires a “hands-on” approach to data entry, calculation and report writing and can take 10 to 20 minutes each.

The project goal is to develop a robust and faster method, by using Visual Basic, Excel and Userforms to create a user-friendly platform to automate the process between the analytic equipment and the report writing.

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

We are looking for the development of a system capable of processing raw data from laboratory equipment, processing and carrying out numerous calculations generating a customer ready report eliminating human error and time-consuming report writing.

Developing a user interface to limit human-error and detect experimental error while using computer power to efficiently process and store data.

The ability to create platforms that users can easily store, analyse and compute in an efficient manner is key to a leadership role in a technical industry. Excel Userforms are a very useful tool when teams are contributing to the same datasets.

Skills required:

  • Highly Competent in Visual Basic, Excel and Userforms.
  • Ability to handle large amounts of data
  • Experience in successful programming to solve a specific application.
  • Computer programming
  • Data Handling
  • Comfortable communication with MS Teams, Skype etc
  • Report Writing

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Solver (Optimization Add In)
  • Visual Basic
  • Userforms

Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:

  • Infographics
  • Communication
  • Time Management

*Placements are flexible, and the project hours can be worked to fit around your studies over the course of the placement period.

*Hourly rate is £9.24 plus £1.12 holiday pay.

*Postgraduate Placements Nottingham are unable to support international work placements due to the differences in employment laws – this means we cannot support placements where the student is currently living abroad. Please note that all applicants must be resident in the UK at the time they apply for and work on their placements for their entirety.

Nottingham