KTP Associate in Lightning Protection & Earthing

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES
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Cardiff School of Engineering



KTP Associate in Lightning Protection and Earthing

School of Engineering, Cardiff University

The School of Engineering, Cardiff University seeks to recruit a KTP Associate, ideally a graduate with a strong interest in lightning protection and earthing devices to undertake a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Kingsmill Industries (UK) Ltd.  In this challenging and demanding role, you will be responsible for the management of a project with Kingsmill Industries (UK) Ltd, to develop a programme to assist Kingsmill in acquiring skills in power engineering, lightning simulation, probabilistic modelling, materials knowledge, and installation awareness to bring them in line with current research, technology and practice in the area and set up a business unit for lightning protection and earthing.

You will be employed by School of Engineering, Cardiff University and will have a close association with Kingsmill, but will be based at Kingsmill in Derbyshire and will act as an executive conduit between the company and the University to transfer knowledge and skills.  You will assist Kingsmill in embedding new technical skills into their manufacturing and marketing operations through the training of company staff, and forming a team to exploit the new capability.  You will need to have knowledge of the following:

1) 3D modelling and lightning simulation to determine the risks to a structure and systems
2) Modelling of earth fault currents, step and touch voltages
3) Monitoring and testing of products and lightning protection installations
4) Electrical measurement techniques, including high voltage and high current techniques
5) Solving the problems posed by modern construction – glass walled buildings, etc.
6) Reviewing the sensitivity of electronic systems to be protected and how to protect them.

The post is full time (35 hours per week), fixed term for 3 years.
This post will be based at Kingsmill, Derbyshire, Lancashire.
Salary: £33,000 – £35,000 per annum (fixed salary)

Job ref: 8660BR

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Prof Manu Haddad haddad@cardiff.ac.uk
For informal enquires about working at the School of Engineering, Cardiff University please contact Karen Baldwin at ENGINadmin@cardiff.ac.uk

Date Advertised: Friday, 7 June 2019

Closing date: Sunday, 7 July 2019

The School of Engineering holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. For this vacancy we actively encourage women to apply. We will also consider proposals for flexible working.

Please NOTE: Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Job Description

• To manage the KTP project including maintenance of project plans, and organisation of project-related meetings.
• To undertake research duties to develop a technical understanding of power engineering, lightning simulation, probabilistic modelling, materials knowledge, and installation awareness and communicate that technical understanding to the market.
• To use the technical understanding to inform the committee responsible for CENELEC & BSI GEL 81.
• To be prepared to travel within and outside the United Kingdom and liaise with international clients.
• To develop and manage a personal development plan including completing management training provided by the KTP Scheme.
• To liaise regularly with the academic and company staff, updating them on project progress and planning future direction.
• To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.
• To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, EC directives and the University’s Safety, Health and Environment Policies and Procedures and to cooperate with the University on any legal duties placed on it as the employer.
• You may be asked to perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

1. An Electrical Engineering degree, preferably power engineering, at the level of at least MEng/MSc plus industrial experience and some modelling expertise.

2. Good background knowledge in electrical engineering.
3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
4. Excellent interpersonal and team working skills.
5. Good project management, organisational and time management skills.
6. Advanced computer skills, including proficiency with common software such as Microsoft office.
7. Strong problem solving skills.
8. Ability to carry out electrical measurement and modelling tasks independently, as well as demonstrate excellence in analytical skills.
9. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required, along with an understanding of differing cultures and their impact on understanding/decision making at a local/client level.
10. Fluency in English to communicate engineering concepts and solutions, to both engineers of varied technical background as well as commercial people (non-engineers).

Desirable Criteria
1. Ability to demonstrate experience of project management to successful conclusion and working within a team. This must include excellent time management and organisational skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines.
2. Ability to speak other languages.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria
Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable criteria.
As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance, 8660BR. 

The Associate will need to acquire and apply new skills and expertise within the Company, including the widely different aspects of the fundamental physics of lightning formation. They will also need to understand the impact and cost implications that lightning and electrical faults can have on power networks and ground structures. Their learning will include knowledge of existing products and solutions, as well as probabilistic modelling and simulation techniques and their application in the development of new products. This will also include the adaptation of software for use within the Company. Important measurement and testing skills will be required, as well as analytical skills to assess both field and modelling data in order to provide a solution specific to each client. Laboratory skills will be required, including high voltage and high current testing and environmental aging of products. The Associate will need to understand the sales process from lead generation to service delivery in order to make meaningful input to marketing action plans. Their communication skills will need to be effective to overcome the obstacles of conveying technical information to non-technical audiences; the Company operates in multiple geographic locations which introduces a further dynamic, that of culture, to successful communication.

Throughout the project, an understanding of team-working roles is required, so that objectives can be delivered through the Team and Associate. It will be important to create an information repository for the storage and analysis of field data, reports, modelling and outcomes. Over time, analysis of this information would be used to highlight areas where Standards could be improved
(inputting data to CENELEC & BSI GEL 81 committees) – this represents a significant challenge for the Associate to provide convincing evidence of the need for change.

The successful candidate will require a set of skills and attributes that will enable them to carry out a diverse range of tasks, ranging from desk research, the application of modelling and probabilistic methods, communication of data, understanding of the sales and marketing process and how it impinges on their work, as well as working in multi-cultural environments.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a Government-supported initiative, enabling graduates to manage strategic projects in a partnership with universities and industry. KTP enables you to:

• Fast-track your career
• Gain project management skills
• Become proficient in business practices
• Be part of a World Class University
• Get relevant training via a bespoke personal development programme
• Attain a management qualification and possibly a higher degree

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