We are happy to share that Russell Group are partnering with Glasgow Caledonian University as part of a “Knowledge Transfer Partnership” (KTP). The KTP programme aims to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. The KTP programmes are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the UK Governments Industrial Strategy. Funding is awarded to companies who can demonstrate a roadmap and commitment to technological innovation.

A joint application between Russell Group and Glasgow Caledonian University was submitted and approved. The application highlighted our plans to integrate our logistics platform to provide a real-time “connected” supply chain platform across our multi-modal transport and logistics services. Underpinning the project is the use of cutting-edge technical skills in data engineering, data translation, ETL and data streaming to develop a solution to consolidate diverse internal and external data sources which are critical to providing our transport and logistics services.

Glasgow Caledonian University will be supporting us to perform a state-of-the-art assessment on the technology available and benefit from the ability to apply their solutions to real transport and logistics problems.

As part of the programme, we are looking for a System Developer / Data Analyst (KTP Associate) who will be employed by Glasgow Caledonian University but will be based here at John G Russell with regular supervision meetings with the University’s supervisory team.

The KTP Associate will spend around 10% of their time in training and development and will be offered the opportunity to gain a Diploma in Management.

David Jones, IT Director, said:

“I am extremely excited to kick off the KTP and partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University.

As a multi-modal logistics provider, we offer a wide range of logistics services from Road, Rail, and Bulk Transport, through warehousing, contract packing, and international freight management.

We are continuously developing the platforms and processes which underpin these services. These improvements are not just to improve our internal efficiency but also to offer better and live insights to our customers and partners.

As we develop these areas, we are capturing more accurate or critical data, for example broadening our asset and fleet tracking capabilities. As we capture and integrate more data the challenge is then turning this into real intelligence, both for our own Business Intelligence requirements but also our customers. I see GCU as being able to play a pivotal role in the investment in this area which we as a company are committed to developing.”

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