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Data Scientist / Machine Learning Engineer / Business Analyst - KTP Associate

Birmingham City University - Birmingham City Business School

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Salary: £25,000 to £30,000 per annum

Fixed Term for 24 months

Closing Date: Sunday 24 October 2021

Interview Date: See advert

Reference: 052021-219-R-R-R

Vehicle Movement Exchange UK Ltd T/A Engineius and School of Computing and Business School at Birmingham City University’s (BCU) are looking to appoint a  Digital Business & Data Analyst Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP Associate) with specialist expertise around developing intelligent software systems (integrating Machine learning techniques).  Particular value will be placed on those candidates who have a strong background in Software Engineering , Data Science, Logistics & Transportation Management.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate role presents a unique and exciting opportunity to work in collaboration with leading academics at BCU to apply knowledge and technical innovation. The KTP Associate should have graduated from a University within the last five years and hold at least an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area.

Engineius' mission is to make vehicle movement easy. To do this, they designed and launched an "on-demand" service for moving vehicles across the UK. Since its launch, Engineius has acquired over 70 fleet customers across all major sectors, including Hertz, Sixt, Enterprise, Hitachi, Arval, British Gas, The AA, The RAC, Dennis Buyacar, BT Fleet, Jardine and Royal Mail. (

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme co-funding by a grant through Innovate UK. KTPs provide 1000+ high calibre jobs working with business across the UK and offer a wide range of benefits including access to a £4,000 Personal Development budget to upskill during the project -  more information on KTP.

The successful graduate will be employed by Birmingham City University and will be based at the company in Alpha Tower in Birmingham (B1 1TT). They will be supported by academics from BCU's School of Computing and Business School.  The position is for 24 months. The expected start date is as soon as is practical.

The Project

To provide a rapidly growing SME in transportation management with a many-to-many (for example, taxis such as Uber use one-to-many) scalable solution for end-to-end vehicle movement and multi-route optimisation which will generate competitive advantage through innovation not matched by any competitor. 

Key Objectives

  • Analysis of the current business model and the skills of the schedulers
  • Design Engineius Integrated Technology Platform (EITP) AI architecture
  • EITP development, testing and deployment
  • Training Engineius staff and knowledge embedding
  • Research novel applications of AI to solve optimisation problems in Transportation

Candidate Profile

The KTP Partnership is looking for a high calibre graduate to join a team in developing an Innovative, Intelligent Logistics/Transport Management System, providing specialist expertise, professional understanding and ensuring the successful oversight of a major new development project. 


  • Hold a degree in Software Engineering, Data Engineering, Computer Science or related subject and a Masters degree in Logistics Management, Transportation Management, Data Analysis, Operations Research or a related subject
  • Relevant, practical hands-on, high degree of experience in modern Software Engineering and Data Engineering practices, along with expertise in developing and implementing Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence based solutions. 
  • A strong record of accomplishment of managing projects to successful completion. 
  • An organised approach to work with the ability work on own initiative

Able to demonstrate

  • Strong knowledge and skills in developing systems for the intelligent optimisation of logistic/transportation processes.
  • Specialised knowledge of digital technologies, associated equipment, processes and techniques.
  • Ability to interface with Engineius’s staff at various levels.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to persuade, influence and negotiate and present effectively to all levels.
  • An organised approach to work with the ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to prioritise different tasks efficiently.


  •  Experience in developing a novel digital platform and in evaluation of its efficacy to fundamentally transform the organisation’s operational model.

Main duties

  • Work to a high-level of technical expertise in mapping the existing operational processes at Engineius.
  • Produce business action plans with Engineius management structure to support the development of the aforementioned system at Engineius. 
  • Liaise with the CEO, and the wider staff team to ensure the project is delivered and monitored effectively.
  • Be involved in developing requirements and specifications for the novel logistic/transport optimisation system. 
  • Assist the existing Engineius research and development team with the development of new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) and prototypes, as part of their new business development process.
  • Be involved in practical aspects of researching, advising, procuring, scheduling the installation and maintenance of new equipment / consumables. 
  • Manage in-house production of prototypes and products, as required. 
  • Undertake to deliver any necessary in-house training and deliver support in research and innovation as part of the project on a wide range of product development areas. Responsible for the operational management of the project.
  • Support and contribute to research collaborations by facilitating prototyping, iteration and project development.
  • Manage change and lead the exploitation of new technology, which will partly replace traditional skill-sets.
  • Manage and deliver KTP project, KPI’s, Gantt Charts, Risk Assessment, and outputs of the KTP project.

Interviews will be held w/c 8 and 15 November 2021.

For more information on the role please contact Shishank Shishank and Emmett Cooper at: /

The University is committed to internationalism and diversity and welcomes applications from all countries, faiths and backgrounds.

It is each individual successful applicants responsibility to ensure that they have permission to work in the UK. Some applicants may require sponsorship from the University and a visa from UKVI to take up the role if successful. More information on this can be found here:

Some roles are not capable of sponsorship because they do not meet the UKVI criteria relating to skill and salary level. If you are unsure as to whether you would require sponsorship if successful, or whether the role is capable of sponsorship, please contact us:

Please note on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice.  We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

At Birmingham City University we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.  All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in our employment practice and in all that we do . This commitment is enshrined in our Core Values and is detailed in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Employment Policy. The University values and celebrates the diversity of our staff and students; we welcome people from the many  different backgrounds and life experiences that reflect the students and the citizens we serve.  We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and actively encourage unique contributions, in particular from under-represented groups in respect of age, disability, sex, gender or gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status

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Location: Birmingham
Salary: £25,000 to £30,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th September 2021
Closes: 24th October 2021
Job Ref: 052021-219-R-R-R
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