Operations & Finance Associate / Assistant - KTP Associate

University of the West of Scotland – University of the West of Scotland in Partnership with Bash’D LTD - School of Business and Creative Industries

Full time: 35 hours per week

Fixed term: 9 months

The Company

Bash’D is an award-winning community bakery specialising in sourdough bread production. Since start-up we have experienced 100% growth year on year. With a focus on quality, simplicity and customer service Bash’D service a rising consumer and wholesale demand for artisanal bread. In placing community and environmental awareness at its core Bash’D understand the important links between food security, healthy and ecologically friendly ingredients, and sustainable business growth. Bash’D looks to take its innovative and greening vision for ethical and artisanal quality bread across the cities and communities of the UK.  Bash’D are a living wage/no zero-hour contracts employer. 

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The Role

This is a unique opportunity to work in one of Scotland’s innovation leaders in the field of baking. Responding to a global greening agenda in food production this 9 -month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between the Bash’D and UWS the post has the potential for permanent employment.

You will be a graduate in either Operations Management/Logistics/Finance background or with a relevant degree involving a significant amount of relevant in operations and finance experience. The successful candidate will be an integral member of the management team and will be instrumental in realising the company’s exciting plans for business growth, achieved by enhancing the team’s approach to strategic management development, planning and decision making, to implement organisational and cultural change and to build business resilience.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • Experience of Scottish/UK small/growing business, and within the food sector specifically would be advantageous
  • Experience of using finance-specific IT systems, and data analysis reporting within a project context
  • Able to assist in the analysis of systems-based data, in relation to operations/logistics of products and in making financial decisions with (senior) management.
  • Experience with Xero, G-Suite, Cybake would be advantageous.

About KTP:

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

Why UWS?

We support you – We are the only Scottish University to have a dedicated KTP centre, meaning you are fully supported throughout your time with the company by UWS staff.

We are growing – In 2019, UWS were the top performing University in the UK by value of secured KTP projects.

You grow with us – Many of our KTP associates are offered permanent roles and continue to provide support to projects as part of a team and autonomously.

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If you have questions about this vacancy contact:, or the company directly.

Interview date: Week commencing 27th May 2024

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.