KTP Associate - Sustainable Leather Manufacturing

University of Northampton
March 17, 2024
Offerd Salary:£30,487
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Contract Type:Fixed term for two y
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KTP Associate - Sustainable Leather Manufacturing

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£30,487 per annum



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  • About the Job

    Fixed term for two years

    Full Time: 40 hours per week - Flexible Working Hours between 7am to 5pm Monday through Friday

    Interview date: W/C 8 April 2024

    An exciting opportunity to join industry leading Scottish Leather Group on a project as the KTP Associate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Scottish Leather Group and the University of Northampton. It includes a £4k training budget and dedicated time for personal development.

    The successful candidate will be employed by the University of Northampton and will be based at the company premises at Bridge of Weir, Scotland with regular travel to Northampton and other locations.

    The project focuses on reducing the in-use carbon footprint of leather in aviation and electric vehicles. You will achieve this through the application and combination of a a range of novel approaches to reduce overall leather weight, while still meeting strict specification requirements.

    About you

    The Associate must have an interest and knowledge in the leather industry with excellent communication skills and ability to present and write technical reports, and the ability to record, process and analyse experimental data.

    The Associate will lead the project and ensure that the expertise gained via the project will help produce leather to scale, manufactured using the innovation approaches developed.

    Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification, attached to our website, to get full details of the requirements.

    This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Innovate UK. It's essential you understand how KTP works with the business and the University, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position.



  • A first and/or second degree (s) in Leather Technology Chemistry; Biochemistry or related subject
  • Department

    Scottish Leather Group Limited is the largest manufacturer of leather in the United Kingdom and a world leader in sustainable leather manufacture. Their specialist leathers are produced for a wide range of industries including automotive, aviation, mass transportation, electronics and contract furniture.

    The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) at the University of Northampton is an ideal partner for this project, a world leader in Leather education and research, we have an established relationship with Scottish Leather Group.

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    We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

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