Placements

Placement Title Company Business Location
Market Research and International Market Intelligence Project Hy-Ram Engineering Ltd operate within the water & low pressure gas market segments. They also manufacture a range of specialised valves for the water sector and valve keys for the water and low pressure gas market segments. They are now looking at international expansion and would like a Postgraduate to help research potential markets in;
  • USA/Canada/Mexico
  • Malaysia
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Hungary
  • Czech Republic
  • South Africa
  • Colombia

Research tasks would include looking at market size, growth prospects and barriers to entry, with particular emphasis on finding suitable partners, probably distributors, in country.

A focus would be on providing significant market intelligence on a range of sectors and markets both new and emerging in the chosen geographical areas.

As well as having language skills for one of the stated countries, the ideal candidate would have an understanding of the business culture in these regions, although this is not essential.

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

Key outcomes would include a series of reports and growth prospects for specific countries and markets. Reports on potential partners and distributors and horizon scanning of potential opportunities.

Skills required:
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent report writing skills and the ability to synthesise complex information and provide coherent recommendations
  • Proactive and confident
  • Knowledge of business culture within some of the above regions would be advantageous
  • Language skills for one of the above regions would be advantageous

Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
  • Research scoping international markets
  • Commercial awareness
  • Languages skills
  • Written and communication skills
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Evaluation

The placement offers the opportunity to develop the research skills you have gained during your degree in a workplace, at the same time using your language and/or cultural awareness to help a local business to grow and expand.
Mansfield
Research and Business Development project Building on existing market research, this postgraduate placement will need to plan, develop, and implement the launch of a Buying Group targeted on a specific market segment. This is likely to be Independent Retailers (i.e. small shops, salons) but this may change. To date, the cost-saving Buying Group package have never been marketed directly to end-user businesses.

The project will therefore involve the following elements:

  • Product research and development: What should the new Buying Group package include?
  • Pricing: The value and frequency of payments, third-party revenues, guarantees, payment methods.
  • Promotion: Branding, social media and other routes to market.
  • To achieve this, it is expected that in addition to their own research, the successful candidate will spend some time in dialogue internally with colleagues as well as with existing and potential clients throughout the course of the project.

    The key project deliverable will be an agreed Buying Group package at an attractive price, a clear route to market and with a promotional plan.

    As this is such a key development, the successful candidates will report directly to the Managing Director. Day-to-day support will be available from the heads of Marketing, Commercial and Procurement as needed.

    The successful candidate will have:
  • Genuine entrepreneurial flair
  • Be creative and very motivated
  • Have good IT skills
  • Be confident and a natural communicator
  • A team player
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Ideally the candidate will have access to a vehicle as the business location is not accessible by public transport.

    The successful candidate will gain:
  • Experience in researching and developing the strategy for a new target market
  • Responsibility for a new product launch
  • Experience of working at a senior level, directly reporting to the MD
  • For the right candidate, there could be an opportunity beyond the placement. Previous placement candidates have been recruited.

    Please note that it may be possible that some flexibility may be made to allow some days to be worked at home or at university. But the successful candidate will need to be able to get to the business, which is accessible by car only.

    The first stage interviews will be held at the University and a second stage will be onsite. The placement is expected to start in early July and complete in the autumn.

    Placements are very flexible and usually consist of a 200 hour project worked to fit around your studies over the course of several months.
    Derby
    Marketing Strategy Project Yoop Tech is a Nottingham-based start-up that is developing a cross-platform app to rate, share and discover online content (videos, articles, blogs etc.).

    We are looking for a bright, confident and motivated individual with passion for digital marketing and communication to help us make the app launch a success. You will be working closely with the company CEO and our marketing consultants, and have a real impact on the company branding and marketing strategies.

    During your placement, you will help us:
    • Drive and elevate the social media activity and strategy increasing brand presence, brand awareness and brand interaction through smart and creative digital initiatives and campaigns
    • Create content across all relevant social media channels in-line with brand guidelines and marketing strategy
    • Build a following for the brand in-advance of the official launch, building an interest and hype around the launch of the product amongst target customers, Bloggers and Influencers
    • Connect with, and communicate our value proposition to, potential partners in the publishing industry
    • Communicate with our initial users, adapt the company message and strategy, and feedback any lesson to the product development team
    • The internship will also include elements of PR, and provide a general overview of the workings of a dynamic, fast-growing social media company

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

    The placement student will give a key contribution to the final stages of development and the launch of a digital product (beta version) with great commercial potential. S/he will be responsible for managing the digital marketing of the product, driving user acquisition and retention, managing user engagement, and connecting with potential partners and customers in the publishing industry.

    Skills and competences You are someone that can work towards deadlines but also with the strong ability to work independently, thinking on the spot to create regular unique and original material for social media purposes. A background in in marketing, media studies, communications (CIM / IDM / MA) or related subjects would be preferred but is not essential. What is essential is that you are a dynamic individual who is genuinely excited by the opportunity to make a difference and with passion for communication. Digitally educated, regularly uses apps and social media, and is aware of digital trends.

    Essential
    • Excellent knowledge of Social Media and platforms
    • Passionate about the product, the vision and ethos of the company
    • Excellent spoken and written English
    • Good writing and copywriting skills
    • Strong communicator and effective team player
    • Experience and/or strong interest in media and journalism
    • Knowledge of social media marketing software, such as Hootsuite
    Desirable
    • Enjoys working with a diverse range of software tools and is technically proficient
    • Experience managing social media channels and community engagement
    • Experience in PR
    • Experience of marketing campaigns and providing marketing ideas
    • An understanding of, and basic experience in graphic design
    Nottingham
    Innovation and Funding Specialist Your role will be to support the managing director to assist businesses and researchers to access the grant funding they need to take cutting-edge concepts closer to market. You will be part of one of the most successful grant funding teams in Europe, working with at least 3 different busineses to secure grants of up to 2 million (GBP).

    The key project outcomes are:

  • Contributing to the development of at least 3 high-quality funding bids for cutting edge new technologies with support from the managing director.
  • Over the course of working on 3 projects it would be expected to help source 1.5million (GBP) funding from a wide range of sources.
  • Gain an appreciation of the funding / project cycle and be able to replicate this learning for future projects (while on placement and to develop your own career).
  • The client is looking for enthusiastic, articulate and capable individuals with strong skills in at least two of the three following areas:

    1) A passion for innovation. You should be able to quickly understand different technology areas - the current portfolio covers topics as diverse as advanced braking technology, materials recycling, range extenders for electric vehicles, civil security technology, medical implants and renewable transport fuels, to mention just a few. Experience of different technologies and market sectors would be a distinct advantage.

    2) An understanding of business and industry. As well as a strong technology focus, it is important to also understand, analyse and communicate the client's business model. Aspects of business such as supply chains, market analysis, business plans, IP management and competitor analysis may also be included.

    3) Excellent communication and writing skills. Your main role will be to assist with the authoring of high quality grant funding bids that will be entering highly competitive funding calls. You will need to be articulate, concise and compelling; creating content that can hook a reader from the first page to the last. You should also have excellent Microsoft Word and Excel skills in order to present the information in a clear and professional manner. Some communication with clients may be required, along with understanding their needs and ensuring they receive an excellent customer experience.

    This exciting placement offers the opportunity to gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:

  • Innovation and grant bid writing
  • Technology assessment techniques
  • The creation of compelling bids
  • Desktop research for markets and technology assessment
  • Project management strategies for research and development projects
  • Engaging with senior level managers in industry
  • In addition the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop skills in the following areas:
    Report formatting
    Technical writing
    Understanding the relationship between research and economic/social/environmental impact
    How to develop a techno-economic assessment case and impact plan
    Technology innovation assessment skills
    Patent searching

    Placements are very flexible and usually consist of a 200 hour project worked to fit around your studies over the course of several months.
    Nottingham
    Graduate Centre Coordinator (x5) The Graduate School is seeking to recruit highly motivated postgraduate students with the knowledge, skills and experience to make a significant contribution to supporting one of the five Graduate Centres located at the University's campus sites in Nottingham.

    The successful candidates will be required to manage the day-to-day running of their allocated Graduate Centre facilities, and to work in partnership with their line manager to administer a programme of activities for postgraduate students using the centre.

    The role holders must be able to work effectively with a range of people across the university, and they will need to be flexible in their approach to work. They must be proactive and have the ability to work on their own initiative.

    Placement Period: 7th August 2017 - 24th August 2018

    Payment: 10.14 per hour (includes holiday pay)

    Hours of Work: 10 hours per week (minimum 1 hour per day). Exact hours of work to be agreed with line manager.

    Place of Work: To be based at one of the 5 Graduate Centres at either University Park, Medical School (QMC), Jubilee Campus or Sutton Bonington Campus in Nottingham.

    Key relationships: Line managed by Researcher Training and Development Manager (RTDM), Other RTDMs, Other Graduate Centre Co-ordinators, Faculty/School PG reps, Graduate Centre users.

    Skills Required - Knowledge and skills
    • Well-developed demonstrable communication skills - verbal and written. Ability to communicate with postgraduate student.
    • Knowledge of University student support services.
    • Knowledge of University administrative and academic structures.
    • IT skills, in particular Microsoft Office.
    • Independent and team working skills.
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.
    Skills Required - Experience
    • Experience of running events and projects.
    • Experience of working in a service-related environment
    • Experience of working independently and as a team member
    Key area of Work & Outcomes of Placement

    To provide support to the Researcher Training and Development Managers (RTDMs) and postgraduate students at one of the Graduate School's Graduate Centres, by promoting the Centre, ensuring a regular daily presence at them, dealing with general student queries, supporting local events, activities and Faculty training programmes and ensuring that the facilities are maintained to a high standard.

    Outcome of placement:

    The assigned Graduate Centre will be a vibrant and popular destination for Postgraduates that provides access to a range of dedicated researcher development activities and well maintained study and social areas, networked computers, seminar rooms and kitchen facilities.

    Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
    • University student management systems.
    • Higher Education Postgraduate researcher environment.
    • Professional conduct, respect and confidentiality
    • Influence and leadership
    • Equality and diversity
    Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:
    • Personal effectiveness: preparation and prioritisation, time management
    • Event management, project planning and delivery, risk management
    • Collegiality, team working, people management
    • Information seeking, information management.
    • Analysing, evaluating, problem solving
    • Perseverance, integrity, self-confidence, responsibility.
    Important notes on applying: Please clearly state on your covering letter which Graduate Centre you would like to be considered for (University Park x 2, Medical School (QMC), Jubilee Campus or Sutton Bonington Campus). You may indicate more than 1 centre. The coordinator role can also be offered on a job-share basis (therefore working 5 hours per week). Please state if this is something you would like to be considered for. Interviews will be held on 19th July.
    Nottingham
    International Research Project STRUMIS are looking to expand their business into Germany and France and would like help to research the feasibility of entering these markets.

    The placement would involve helping to find companies working in these regions who would benefit from the service that STRUMIS provides, as well as researching potential partner companies.

    The ideal candidate will possess strong research skills as well as the ability to communicate confidently in either German or French.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
    • Increased awareness in international markets
    • Reports and contacts on sectors and markets in Germany and France
    • Initial contacts and discussions with potential partners and potential clients
    • Reports/spreadsheets of intermediaries and networks in specific countries
    • Translation of marketing materials
    The ideal candidate will possess strong research skills as well as the ability to communicate confidently in either German or French.

    The placement offers the opportunity to use the research skills you have gained during your degree in a workplace setting. You will also have the chance to develop your language and communication skills both written and verbal, at the same time helping a local business to grow and expand.

    Skills required:
    • Research- scoping international markets
    • Language skills (French, or German)
    • Commercial awareness
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Flexibility
    • Self-motivation

    Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
    • Commercial awareness
    • Problem solving
    • Business development
    • Research scoping
    Derby
    Research and Data Analysis - Fellowships The Research Strategy Unit is responsible for the management and delivery of the University's recently revised Research Strategy. A core element is recruitment of 100 fellows to our internal fellowship schemes, the Nottingham Research Fellowship and the Anne McLaren Fellowship.

    Alongside our internal schemes we are ambitious to improve our performance in attracting external fellowship funding, both in in terms of supporting internal candidates and attracting external fellowship holders to Nottingham. Currently, this activity is delivered in an ad hoc way. Through this research we hope to consolidate our knowledge of who can provide support, how many external fellowship holders we have, and gain understanding of when these opportunities are advertised. The outcome of this research will inform decisions regarding resourcing and planning to support these opportunities.

    In order to plan and develop a strategy for attracting external fellowships, this placement will focus upon defining a baseline in terms of:
    • What external fellowships are currently held at Nottingham, and define a mechanism for updating this
    • What the timescales/recruitment timelines are for different fellowships so that we can plan for this.
    • Who currently provides support for this within the University and what fellowships do they cover
    The work conducted by the successful postgraduate candidate will provide the information to allow a case to be made for further support to develop and deliver activity.

    Skills required:
    • Ability to research, collate and present a variety of data in a coherent format.
    • Confident in approaching different teams/individuals to gather information together
    • Quantitative and Qualitative data analysis experience
    • Some knowledge of University systems and structures would be advantageous
    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

    The aim of the project is to produce:
    • A spreadsheet of external fellowship holders in the university
    • Timescales/recruitment timelines for different fellowships
    • Outline of support currently provided across the university for external fellowships
    Ideally a summary of this information and recommendations for key areas of support could be produced, but this depends on the candidate's experience.

    Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
    • Work of the Research Strategy Unit
    • Understanding of the wider Research strategy
    • Insight into external fellowships, where support is provided, when they can apply, eligibility criteria etc.
    • Be a part of making recommendations to the University's research board which impact on University Strategy
    Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:
    • Data collection and analysis, report writing, networking, relationship management
    • Team working
    • Communication skills
    • Reporting in a business context
    Nottingham