Placements

Placement Title Company Business Location
Marketing and Research Project Project Brief:

To research and identify the clients corporate UK and international strategic and market development strategy. This will include;
  • The research and identification of UK partners which can place the clients products at the core of UK enterprise training and development services.
  • The identification and research of UK partners that can further facilitate the clients international strategy.
  • The identification and research of international partners that may facilitate the clients international strategy.
  • A brief analysis (in the form of a report) of the stakeholders, risks, critical success factors, competitive advantage gained, etc that has informed the clients new corporate strategy.

Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
  • The initiation of 4 national partnerships UK partners which can support the clients UK strategic positioning in the enterprise teaching and training market.
  • The identification and development of 4 UK partnerships that can further international strategy.
  • The internet identification and SWOT analysis of 4 international partners that may facilitate international strategy.
  • The presentation of a brief report detailing new corporate strategy based on the information gained above.
Skills required:
  • An awareness of national and international marketing and strategic development
  • A creative and enthusiastic approach to business development
  • Awareness of the principles of marketing
  • Ability to research the internet for information
  • Awareness of social media networking approaches
  • Very good communication skills
  • Ability to devise a marketing strategy
  • Ability to collate information and analyse the opportunities
  • Ability to manage own time and organise priorities
  • Experienced in the use of Microsoft office packages
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • The ability to engage people at all levels
  • Report writing and presentation skills
  • An ability to write business plans
Nottingham
Process Automation We want to look at ways we can remove manual low skilled labour from two particular processes and replace with machinery/technology to improve quality, capacity and ultimately reduce the labour cost.

The two key areas have been identified are:
a/ Collation and Orientation
Multiple layers of bulk fabric are cut on manually fed machines to near size rectangles, however these pieces have to be manually collated by picking off a conveyor and orientated into the block which will become the pattern book. It has probably never been automated as each fabric has different material properties, weight, weave (nap), thickness, rigidity etc so handling is different with each piece.
b/ Application of backing (Frames)
An adhesive picture frame is laid on to each 'page' and the two are put in a heat press to activate the glue bond between the fabric and the picture frame. This process is variable as it is laid on by eye and requires significant labour resource to complete the process.

The placement will be working directly with and supported by the Operations Director, Studio/Design Manager and Production Managers.

The key placement outcome will be to identify feasible solutions and research potential machinery to enable greater automation of our key processes.

The successful candidate will have:
  • Relevant design or engineering qualification
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes
  • Creative thinking
  • Problem solving
  • The placement will offer opportunities to gain experience in:
    - Feasibility study
    - Manufacturing understanding
    - Product flow
    - Process improvement
    - Project costing/justification
    - Project Management
    - Sourcing
    - Process Design and review

    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
    Marketing Executive The business organises amazing sporting gap years. We arrange bespoke playing or coaching trips to the Southern hemisphere for anything from one month to six months, aiming to provide our customers with the experience of a life time. Our trips include fantastic city centre accommodation, regular social events, tickets to major sporting fixtures, and guaranteed playing or coaching placements.

    We have plans to expand, and want to grow our offering. We're looking for an ambitious, organized, self-starter with excellent attention to detail, a logical mind, and good people skills. During your Marketing placement you will manage adverts placed on Google and Facebook, complete data analysis and oversee improvements to our website and CRM.

    Experience in marketing is not required, but you must be highly motivated with exceptional problem solving skills and a first class work ethic.

    As a result of the placement the following outcomes will be achieved:
  • Improved reporting as a result of changes made to the company dashboard
  • Enhanced systems stemming from improvements made to our CRM
  • Refined company processes and manuals
  • The successful candidate will be:
    > Highly analytical
    > A broad knowledge of and interest in sport
    > Precise and logical
    > Well organised
    > Interested in social media
    > Customer focused

    During the placement there will be opportunity to gain practical experience in these areas:
    Marketing:
    - Managing Google & Facebook PPC (Pay per click) Campaigns
    - Data Analysis
    - Potential to develop social media through planning and managing campaigns on Facebook and Instagram
    Systems:
    Planning & overseeing improvements to our bespoke CRM
    Reporting:
    Making improvements to the company dashboard which tracks departmental KPIs
    Operations:
    Helping the business to refine and improve processes and manuals

    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
    Innovation Metrics Project This award winning, niche, innovation consultancy focused on the insurance and InsurTech sectors have worked with most of the Tier 1 insurance companies over the years in areas that range from providing clients with blue sky thinking, helping them to create next-gen insurance propositions and also helping insurance companies create and manage their internal innovation functions.

    As the industry players migrate from a fairly basic innovation programme to an organisation wide core function they have realised that they lack the skills, tools, and experience which is where we come in. One of their typical challenges is, for instance, how they measure the success of their innovation programmes.

    We are looking to work with a post-grad to help us create a template of Innovation metrics that could be used by Innovation leaders within the insurance sector to help them quickly and easily identify the most appropriate metrics to measure their progress and success by.

    We expect the post grad to identify the key metrics generally required measuring the various aspects of innovation and to analyse the advantages and disadvantages for each type of metric and to then create a template that can be customised by heads of innovation to suit the size, maturity and objectives of a particular innovation programme.

    Start date ASAP but ideally early August 2017 with the final delivery around late September 2017. The placement is for 100 hours.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

    The Innovation Metric template will be utilised by either senior executives or heads of innovation functions to define the best set of metrics from a library to help deliver the best innovation outcomes for the organisation.

    Outcomes will need to include:
    • An Innovation Template which we see as a toolkit which Insurers can use to cherry-pick the most effective and relevant set of metrics that can be configured to suit an individual organisation / Innovation programmes size and maturity
    • A supporting report explaining the relevance of each type of metric and things to consider when utilising them
    • Ideally the report will include a section on the importance / value / benefits of measuring the right things over the relevant timescales
    • A section on how to select the most appropriate metrics
    • Some tips / examples on the side effects of selecting certain types of metrics

    Skills required:

    The ideal candidate will have:
    • A comprehensive understanding of the corporate innovation process
    • Excellent written English skills
    • Feel comfortable interviewing (face to face or over the phone) senior management level contacts
    • Familiarity with corporate innovation programmes
    • Familiarity with the Lean Start-up Process
    • An interest in wanting to develop a career in Innovation strategy would be useful
    • Knowledge of the insurance sector is not required and we can provide any information that may be required

    Gaining experience and developing skills:

    Innovation is one of the hottest agenda items for most exec teams and management boards in large corporations globally. The insurance industry is no exception and in fact are relying on innovation within their business to help them evolve, revolutionise and disrupt (or defend against other people / organisations looking to disrupt) the industry

    The Innovation Metrics Template is likely to be utilised by a number of insurance organisations, potentially around the globe, to help them shape their innovation strategy.

    The project is potentially, likely to attract the attention of several insurance companies, the insurance trade publications and the big 5 consultancies. The project will help the post-grad to improve their knowledge and experience of the innovation process which is a very desirable skill for management roles in the global insurance sector currently.
    Nottingham
    Innovation Strategy Framework Project This award winning, niche, innovation consultancy focused on the insurance and InsurTech sectors have worked with most of the Tier 1 insurance companies over the years in areas that range from providing clients with blue sky thinking, helping them to create next-gen insurance propositions and also helping insurance companies create and manage their internal innovation functions.

    As the industry players migrate from a fairly basic innovation programme to an organisation wide core function they have realised that they lack the skills, tools, and experience which is where we come in. One of their typical challenges is, for instance, how they create an innovation strategy.

    We are looking to work with a post-grad to help us create a generic Innovation Strategy Framework that could be used by Innovation leaders within the insurance sector to help them quickly and easily create an innovation strategy.

    We expect the post grad to identify the key elements required for an innovation strategy framework and to create a template that can be customised by innovation managers to suit the size, maturity and objectives of a particular innovation programme.

    Start date ASAP but ideally early August 2017 with the final delivery around late September 2017. The placement is for 100 hours.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
    • The Innovation Strategy Framework will be utilised by either senior executives or heads of innovation functions to create an Innovation Strategy that shapes and guides the way that innovation programmes are implemented and managed within a large insurance organisation.
    • The outcome will be an Innovation Strategy Framework which we see as a presentation that can be configured to suit an individual organisation / Innovation programmes size and maturity.
    • The presentation will need to be supported by a report explaining the relevance of the component parts of the framework and things to consider when defining or customising these sections.
    • Ideally the report will include a section on the importance / value / benefits of having an Innovation Strategy and maybe a section on how to select the innovation team.
    • Some tips / examples on how to implement an organisation wide innovation programme within an insurance business that is compelling across the organisation.

    Skills required:

    The ideal candidate will have:
    • A comprehensive understanding of the corporate innovation process
    • Excellent written English skills
    • Feel comfortable interviewing (face to face or over the phone) senior management level contacts
    • Familiarity with strategy frameworks
    • Familiarity with the Lean Start-up Process
    • An interest in wanting to develop a career in Innovation strategy would be useful
    • Knowledge of the insurance sector is not required and we can provide any information that may be required

    Gaining experience and developing skills:

    Innovation is one of the hottest agenda items for most exec teams and management boards in large corporations globally. The insurance industry is no exception and in fact are relying on innovation within their business to help them evolve, revolutionise and disrupt (or defend against other people / organisations looking to disrupt) the industry

    The Innovation Strategy Framework is likely to be utilised by a number of insurance organisations, potentially around the globe, to help them shape their innovation strategy.

    The project is potentially, likely to attract the attention of several insurance companies, the insurance trade publications and the big 5 consultancies. The project will help the post-grad to improve their knowledge and experience of the innovation process which is a very desirable skill for management roles in the global insurance sector currently.
    Nottingham
    User Experience Analysis Project The client have developed an IoT based monitoring technology that serves the data centre industry and helps users maintain correct equipment temperatures and save energy. The existing technology is in active deployment and achieving strong sales in the UK where the technology is supported by our own in house experts.

    Our challenge is to scale the offering internationally without growing an international team of experts. The solution is to focus on the user engagement process and provide the training, tools and encouragement for new users to be able to self-train.

    The specific activities that need to be addressed are:
    • Gap analysis of user engagement process
    • Identify case study examples of on-line training(https://roomstyler.com/3dplanner)
    • Story board a vision of the engagement process for a new user
    • Document the training curriculum required to deliver the key learnings needed at various user levels (beginner, intermediate, expert)
    • Investigate motivation tactics for the end user (gamification, certification, qualifications, unlock features)
    • Liaise with hardware development team to ensure training also accommodates physical sensor deployment
    • Liaise with software team to ensure training is supportable with existing platform

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
    • Make recommendations to improve the current user experience
    • Suggest and develop a tutorial type environment to improve uptake & retention.

    Skills required:
    • Computer sciences (strong human computer interface skills) or product design.
    Nottingham
    Technology Learning Consultant - PhD Development The Careers and Employability Service supports undergraduates, postgraduates and early career research staff. This role is to work with our Postgraduate Research Students. This role will support the transfer of an already established workshop delivery, which is currently delivered in groups and face to face, to an online environment.

    We have existing workshop materials that need to be adapted and re-designed to work in an on-line setting. This will be developed through our Moodle platform using Xerte, and any other technology that the wider University supports, into a creative and exciting online course.

    You will need to have good attention to detail and have strong organisational skills. You will need a high level of computer literacy, and be a self-directed learner.

    You should be happy to take on any other duties as required. This may include co-ordinating with the project Manager a PhD focus group or a pilot test of the online course.

    Skills required:

    Desirable Skills
    • Familiarity with Moodle editing
    • Familiarity with Xerte online toolkits
    • Some knowledge of developing training materials
    Essential Skills
    • Interest in Career development for PhD researchers
    • Good English Language skills
    • High level of computer literacy
    • Good people skills
    • Time management skills
    • Ability to work alone and independently when necessary
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Self-directed learner
    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

    The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of online course materials and the implementation of these into the Moodle platform, translating from existing materials. They will gain skills in Moodle and Xerte editing, as well as insights into best practice in the development of training materials.

    Successful candidates will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
    • Editing training materials and uploading to Moodle
    • Using Moodle as an editor
    • Editing materials using Xerte online toolkits
    • Developing and distributing new rlos using Xerte online toolkits
    • Best practice in the development of training materials
    Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:
    • MBTI-a tool to indicate psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions
    • Strengths Training-to develop, recognise and gain a greater understanding of their own skills and strengths
    • OPP-career development tool to assess and navigate choosing a career
    • Team and project work-through supervision/mentoring from Project Manager
    Nottingham