Placements

Placement Title Company Business Location
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
    IT Systems Analyst The business is looking for a postgraduate to complete a strategic review of the business IT systems and processes.
    The project will have 3 key outcomes:
    1) Review of current IT systems, packages and processes to create process maps of current systems and processes across the 2 business sites.
    2) Research ISO27001 (Cyber Essential Scheme) and assess to what extent the business is already compatible with the standard and implement new business practices where there is opportunity to improve and enable the standard to be met.
    3) Produce a recommendations report which identifies which IT systems (existing or new) will support future business grow and enable efficient and effective ways of working utilising cloud based technology.

    The successful candidate will have:
  • Strong understanding of IT packages and systems, ideally within the finance industry
  • Experience of producing process maps
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Be a team player
  • Comfortable when using their own initiative
  • The successful candidate will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:

    - Working in a dynamic and professional business
    - Reporting directly to the Founding Principal of the business
    - Producing recommendations which will directly influence future procurement decisions

    The business is a qualified accountants based in Nottingham. Their client base is spread across a wide range of sectors and industries across the UK. They range in size from £10,000 turnover to £10 million to individuals and their personal tax situations. The business offers a wide range of services from Audit, Business & Accounting, Family business Company Secretarial, Financial Detectives, Taxation, Strategic & Growth Planning and International Services.

    Placements are flexible and the project hours can be worked to fit around your studies over the course of the placement period.
    Nottingham
    Educational Resources Creative We have seen a marked increase in our school visitors, especially those who wish to lead their own visits. This has caused some clashes between the school's needs and other visitors while also putting increased strain on certain parts of the House and Gardens.

    This placement will address this problem by producing a suite of resources for teachers (including video, trails and guides etc) that will be available from our website and on site. We have lots of information for schools already that have been created over the last 10 years which is a bit of a mish-mash of styles/voices and needs updating into a more useable and cohesive offer. We would like to be more pro-active in creating and providing resources available for teachers, whether that is orientation/welcome videos, trails or simple guides for adult helpers. This is a project that needs design and media skills as well as an understanding of an holistic approach to pre, during and post visit preparation for group leaders that includes some customer consultation and an awareness of marketing to an educational audience. Whatever is produced will need to represent a cohesive, branded offer (in line with National Trust brand guidelines) that reflects our spirit of place as well as meeting the needs of the learning audience.

    The successful candidate will have:
  • Computer literacy - National Trust uses MS Office and Adobe (In Design and Premiere Elements 11 - training can be provided)
  • Design and editing skills - video and print
  • Good communication skills - verbal and written
  • Customer focused
  • Understanding of the holistic customer service from promotion to post-visit
  • Understanding of an educational audience
  • Some knowledge of school curricula would be an advantage.

  • The successful candidate will be supported by Melissa Maynard (Learning & Community Officer) who has experience in heritage education and Anastasia Stratigou (Marketing & Events Officer) who has experience in media and National Trust brand guidelines for both print and video media. The placement will so seek to share learning with other similar organisations to widen the impact of the placement.

    More information about the organisation:
    This is one of the most visited properties in the National Trust. Whilst a small percentage of its visitors are from schools, colleges and youth groups. This audience has quadrupled in the last couple of years. With a Restoration house, deer park and historic gardens there is a never ending supply of inspiration that can be used to support learning. Part of the learning vision for us is to become 'the house next door' for our local schools, colleges and youth groups. Providing a warm welcome and a range of opportunities we would like to be used for regular learning for all ages.

    Further placement information:
    - Placements are flexible and the project hours can be worked to fit around your studies over the course of the placement period.
    - Some remote working will be possible, so the successful candidate won't have to travel to the placement regularly after the project is established. Travel costs will be reimbursed.
    - This placement is being supported by Sandford Cascade therefore the successful candidate will be able to access the Cascade CPD programme. More details will be shared with the successful applicant.
    - Interviews will be held on 11 October 2017
    Grantham
    Social Media and Digital Marketing project We are a small Heritage Centre in rural North Lincolnshire, free to the general public, which provides a platform to showcase the wonderful diverse history of Brigg and the surrounding villages and countryside. We are seeking to increase our footfall and to encourage more organised visits and events to help us raise income. We have serious concerns that our social media profile is insufficient and do not have the necessary skills in-house to create a strategy to address this.

    Key outcomes for the placement are:
  • Develop social media and digital marketing strategies to optimise our services
  • Implement strategies to increase the number of our social followers (with targets established in the early stages of the placement)
  • Create effective benchmarks for measuring and analysing the performance of social media content and its impact on our business
  • Manage the day-to-day requirements of our social content and campaigns
  • Manage our social media calendar
  • Produce a handover process to suitably identified Brigg Heritage Centre staff/volunteers to ensure continuity beyond the life of the placement
  • To share learning with other similar organisations to widen the impact of the placement

  • It is anticipated that after a very brief initial period at the Centre to allow the successful candidate to familiarise him/herself with our services and our public offer, most of the remainder of the work carried out can be done remotely, with just occasional meetings as necessary.

    Skills required: Essential
    - Solid understanding and experience in developing and working with social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat and more.
    - Experience of interacting with online communities and platforms (preferably in the commercial world)
    - An in-depth knowledge of inbound marketing platforms
    - A thorough understanding of SEO and how to drive people to websites and keep them engaged

    Skills required: Desirable
    - Experience and/or knowledge of digitisation of materials
    - Understanding and interest in the heritage, arts and culture sector

    The placement will also offer opportunities to develop the digitisation of archive materials and website development and understanding and practical knowledge of SEO plus gain an understanding of marketing needs of the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

    Further placement information:
    - Placements are flexible and the project hours can be worked to fit around your studies over the course of the placement period.
    - Some remote working will be possible, so the successful candidate won't have to travel to the placement regularly after the project is established. Travel costs will be reimbursed.
    - This placement is being supported by Sandford Cascade therefore the successful candidate will be able to access the Cascade CPD programme. More details will be shared with the successful applicant.
    Brigg
    Social Media Strategy We're looking for someone to take our social media to the next level by building engaging content and developing ad campaigns based on user insights (number of likes, views, engagement) to drive sales of our cards. With a focus on acquiring over 5,000 customers in October and increased engagement and views on our content. You don't need to be an expert in data analytics for this role, however any prior experience in marketing or social media will be advantageous.

    At the end of the project we would like pithy report on 'what good looks like'- i.e a review of what kind of social posts have worked best and why including basic data analysis over the last few months. This will inform us going forward and ensure that we have an effective and efficient cross-channel social media strategy.

    During this placement you will be responsible for developing our social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) including:

  • Researching relevant and similar keywords and hashtags that do well in our area and within Nottingham
  • Creating and developing content based on data insights on highest levels of engagement
  • Scheduling cross-platform content
  • Sharing our blog posts across our social media platforms and also any relevant third parties
  • Developing relationships with existing and potential followers along with engaging with Instagram influencers to promote our content further
  • Providing uplift on social posts (i.e increased views, likes, comments over time)
  • Attending regular content meetings - where we'll discuss as a team and come up with great ideas for the weeks/months ahead
  • Provide key insights into what competitors are doing
  • Key project outcomes:

    1) The report will clearly outline how social media will enable business growth through:
    - An evaluation of current social media success and challenges from the past 6 months
    - Increased views
    - Increased community interaction with the LionCard brand
    - A social media plan for the business which provides a template for activity for the next 12 months to ensure engagement remains high after the project ends.
    - Key recommendations on any core improvements to current social media usage

    2) Content based on data insights on highest levels of engagement

    The successful candidate will have:
    - Interest and knowledge (experience preferred) in social media marketing
    - Interest in ethical business
    - Happy to work remotely as well as in an office environment
    - Ability to work independently
    - Ability to meet deadlines and prioritise work
    - Good writing skills
    - Strong written and spoken English

    Ideally the candidate will have:
    - Experience with Hootsuite Social media platform
    - Any previous work in social media marketing
    - Experience of developing successful marketing campaigns
    - Experience increasing community engagement

    What we do:
    We advertise for small and responsible businesses for free. In return they give our members exclusive offers and perks which we sell access to. We support responsible businesses with free marketing, and drive responsible consumption with savings and offers at these businesses. We're working extremely hard in the build up to fresher's to try and sell as many LionCard memberships as possible, as this is our main source of revenue.

    Additional Information:
    - It is important that the successful candidate is available during September to support the key social media campaign for the new academic year.
    - Placements are very flexible and the project hours are worked to fit around your studies over the course of several months
    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
    Technical and Commercial Translation Project Business Development The client is an innovator and supplier of low carbon vehicle technologies, focusing on mechanical solutions that increase efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions in vehicles.

    The company are looking for a Mandarin speaking postgraduate to work on technical translations on topics such as vehicle data, machine parameters and duty cycle and hydraulic schematics circuit. The placement will be run from the clients offices in Loughborough.

    The role will involve participating in the entire sales process from initial engagement into order placing.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:

    The key areas of the placement are the ability to provide an effective service in the following areas;
    • Communication with Chinese customers
    • Help with translation of documents
    • Participation in the entire sales process from initial engagement into order placing
    • Delivery and translation of technical information required by clients on topics such as pumps/motors, vehicle data, machine parameters and duty cycle

    Skills required:

    Essential:
    • Must be fluent in Mandarin Chinese
    • Must be able to access a computer with option to write in Mandarin
    • Must be capable of communicating basic technical information for customers

    Desirable:
    • Role would suit a bright engineer who wants to learn and participate in the commercial world
    • A basic technical knowledge of vehicles, powertrains and hydraulics is desirable
    • Ability to conduct live translations during phone conferences

    Specific product training will be provided, the candidate must be prepared to learn and be willing to as questions should they be necessary.
    Leyland
    German Marketing and Translations An exciting vacancy has arisen for a postgraduate student to work in a fast moving and internationally focused accountancy and tax advisory firm based in Whatton, Nottinghamshire. The company primarily works with German speaking and American clients providing advice and guidance on accounting and international tax matters.

    The project is to support the company with translation and marketing work for the key German market. The role will require a fluent German speaker to support the assessment of existing marketing materials (in German) including website and adapting these into more appropriate German language to fit into an appropriate marketing mix.

    The project will also require incorporation of existing SEO work that has been carried out. The project will also require the development of a marketing mix focusing on the German market including but not limited to;
    • Competitor analysis
    • Blogs and plans
    • Presentation templates and house style guide
    • Development and articulation of articles for publication in German language trade journals written by staff.

    The successful candidate should be fluent in German and ideally have a marketing, social media or business qualification and skills.

    Skills required
    • Fluent German language skills
    • Excellent social media and marketing skills
    • Copywriting and PR experience preferable
    • SEO Integration skills preferable

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
    • German marketing materials and web pages
    • Social media plans
    • Copy written articles and presentations
    • Optimised webpages
    • Blogs and PR calendars/schedules
    Whatton
    Energy and Building Modelling Researcher Project The client has recently designed and gained planning permission for a new indoor football training facility on behalf of DCFC at their Moor Farm training ground.

    The primary envelope for the structure is to be of a tensile fabric material accompanied with a rainscreen cladding / curtain wall system to the front facade. Planning permission was granted by Erewash Borough Council earlier this year and at current this project is on hold which therefore provides a perfect opportunity for the ideal candidate to undertake building performance analysis.

    This would involve determining the base energy efficiency for the current planning design and through performance based design discover intuitively how the overall whole building energy performance can be taken further and improved.

    This could be gained through the means of running outcome driven simulations.

    You will have total autonomy but will be liaising with both a member from the architectural practice and lecturers from Nottingham University. The final outcome is to provide a report and potentially deliver a presentation to the clients / DCFC to demonstrate the optimal recommendations that would provide a high-performance building that be fundamentally more efficient in every way possible.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
    • The final outcome is to provide a report and potentially deliver a presentation to MMA / DCFC
    • Recommendation from MMA
    • Potentially better understand the building performance process utilising a live case study
    • Through a case study example, gained new / or improved knowledge on fundamental theory, specialist software and learn the foundations of building performance analysis

    Skills Required:

    Candidate experience
    • Postgraduate student / Researcher
    • Superb communication skills - English Language
    • Educated in architecture and specialises in the fields of environment and sustainability.
    • Knowledge of low energy consumption / low carbon buildings / passive design / creative energy homes / sustainable energy technologies
    • Knowledge of the building performance analysis process
    • Clear report writing / presentation skills
    • Independent working and
    • Full driving license with access to a vehicle

    Software requirements
    • Autodesk Revit
    • Autodesk FormIt Pro
    • Google Sketch-Up
    • Green building studio
    • Microsoft Office
    Ashbourne
    Book Marketing & Writing Project for Bestselling Author The client has written two books that need marketing. First is - Build your Reputation - with Wiley Press, the world's largest business publishers. The second is the Authority Guide to Business Networking, with a smaller independent publisher. Both books are targeted to sell 1000 copies in the next 12 months.

    This project needs an articulate, social media and marketing savvy postgrad with good writing skills to help with promotion, creating complimentary materials, researching thought leaders and writing blogs.

    A marketing campaign will be needed that involves sourcing and approaching prospects and companies who would benefit.

    The client is a bestselling author and professional speaker based in Nottingham. The client helps clients to network and build high level relationships. Clients include large law and accounting firms, HSBC Bank, GE, British Chamber of Commerce and the Academy of Chief Executives. Rob works from home with a small international outsourced team, and has been in business since 2003.

    He has written over 50 publications on business and marketing, including the Amazon bestseller Build Your Reputation. He has 20,000 connections on LinkedIn and around 30,000 followers on Twitter.

    He is a long-term partner of the Post Grad Placements program and has successfully worked with 10 students over recent years.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
    • Marketing strategy and campaign
    • 1000 book sales
    • Production of bonuses and incentives to buy the book
    • 25 reports or manifestos produced
    • A completed web portal to showcase the book and provide extra resources for the readers

    Skills required:
    • Social media skills to use LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to create book selling opportunities
    • Technology skills to learn new apps, technologies and programs
    • Research skills to finding people and companies online for interviews and comments; to source guest blogging opportunities and media outlets to write guest articles
    • Marketing skills to approach event organisers and professional associations to generate speaking and promotion opportunities
    • Phone skills to handle phone conversations to uncover sales and speaking opportunities

    Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:
    • Creative skills designing brochures, marketing materials, workbooks and images for social media distribution
    • Video & audio editing skills making and editing videos and audios
    • Writing skills crafting quotes, excerpts and social media updates with a business/commercial voice
    • Self-management skills organisation and discipline to keep track of all projects and campaigns
    Nottingham
    Sales and Marketing Project for a Business Training Company The client runs a training company www.bdacademy.pro that helps accountants and lawyers to be better networkers, work winners and trusted advisors.

    This project requires a sales and marketing focus to help target, engage and sell the Business Development Academy into large professional firms. The role needs an articulate, creative, marketing savvy postgrad who is good on the phone, a strong writer and a methodical, organised and diligent worker to handle many prospects at one time.

    This is an exciting role with excellent training given to promote high end training packages up to 100K. Campaigns will involve LinkedIn, email, phone and direct mail. There are writing and research elements to create thought leadership pieces and marketing materials.

    The client helps clients to network and build high level relationships. Clients include large law and accounting firms, HSBC Bank, GE, British Chamber of Commerce and the Academy of Chief Executives.

    He has written over 50 publications on business and marketing, including the Amazon bestseller Build Your Reputation. He has 20,000 connections on LinkedIn and around 30,000 followers on Twitter.

    He is a long-term partner of the Post Grad Placements program and has successfully worked with 10 students over recent years.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
    • 3 new clients for our transformational BD Academy training program
    • Mastery of several sales tools, platforms and high-level conversations
    • leadership pieces and marketing materials production

    Skills required:
    • Prospecting skills to use various methods to generate sales opportunities
    • Technology skills to learn new apps, technologies and programs
    • Research skills to find the right people and companies to approach and analyse the best way to approach them
    • Marketing skills to create campaigns and strategies to get into the UKs top law and accounting firms at board level
    • Phone skills having conversations with gatekeepers and high-level professionals to create sales opportunities

    Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to develop the following key skills:
    • Selling skills creating openings, handling objections, getting meetings, creating awareness and selling premium training programs
    • Writing skills crafting proposals, social selling approaches, LinkedIn and email campaigns and strong sales copy
    • Self-management skills organisation and discipline to keep track of all projects, opportunities and campaigns
    Nottingham
    Business Process Improvement Project An innovative forward thinking accountancy practice is looking for a bright and enthusiastic postgraduate to document and enhance systems and processes to improve business efficiency.

    Processes and procedure will include;
    • Admin - From answering the phone to how we structure a meeting
    • Technician - From how we get the information to how we deliver the information to the client
    • Management - From how we collate the information to reporting that information in a meaningful manner
    • Sales and Marketing - From how we deal get new clients to how we on board the client, this is part done

    The placement is to include developing written guidelines/process and piloting new processes, systems and patterns of working.

    The placement will also result in a staff presentation, recommendations to the Directors and process manual.

    This is a project that will suit a focussed and process driven postgraduate with experience of lean processes or similar operational methodologies Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
    • Newly defined processes and procedures for all aspects of the business
    • Written procedures and process maps
    • Company presentation on new processes
    • Report and recommendations to Directors

    You will be working closely with the managing director to help them improve the processes in the business and helping document the current processes with the view to improve them This would suit someone who is very organized and eloquent and a skilful writer.

    Skills required:
    • Process mapping
    • Report writing skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Business focus
    Nottingham
    Franchise/Licensing Development Project The aim of the Business Network is to connect businesses of all sizes and sectors to allow their business leaders & senior personnel to grow relevant business relationships with businesses that they would like to ultimately do business with.

    In this calendar year over 2500 online introductions have been made & over 1m worth of business transactions have been made between member since the business start in Sept 2013.

    The network has a membership of 160 business scattered across the UK but predominantly based in the East Midlands and within that region, in Nottingham. Introduction opportunities are both on and offline facilitated introductions.

    The need is now to grow the Network across the UK by offering business opportunities for region manager and an appropriate franchise or licensed model is required as the business owner has now experience of this. The network is looking for a bright and enthusiastic postgraduate to work on the development of the next stage of growth for the network and research and develop franchising options for the network.

    Key Areas of Work & Outcomes of Placement:
    • Outcome to produce a business plan & road map to take the network to a franchise / licensed growth plan
    • Develop business model to attract franchisee/Licensee
    • Assess relevant skills for personnel (in conjunction with Network owner)
    • Assess whether best way forward is for Network HQ to provide Office support (IT, telecoms, Admin & marketing support) or for franchisee/licensee to provide

    If Candidate wishes there could be the opportunity of working through the outcomes of the plan going forward.

    Skills required:
    • Knowledge of franchise / licensing
    • Knowledge of back office systems to assess if HQ support is best way forward e.g. IT, Telecomms, Admin support in general business management skills

    The successful candidate will gain practical and demonstrable experience in the following key areas:
    • Business Growth Planning
    • Business Analysis
    • Management processes
    • Networking
    • Business Development
    • Strategic marketing
    • Recruitment
    Nottingham