Digital Manufacturing Lead - CNC Machining (KTP Associate) 553089

Salary range: £42,000 - £47,500 per annum (plus £4,000 training and development budget)

FTE: 1 (35 hours per week)

Term: Fixed (24 months)

Closing date: Sunday 18 February 2024

The National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland (NMIS) in partnership with Omnitool Limited ( are seeking to appoint a Digital Manufacturing Lead (KTP Associate) in the area of Industrial Digitalization, Manufacturing Strategy Development and Organizational Change Implementation.

Omnitool Limited is a global leader in precision-engineered components. Their commitment lies in adopting the latest technology and processes to meet evolving customer needs. However, their current online programming of machines causes inefficiency and idle production times. They aim to revolutionize this process to reduce downtime and enhance productivity, ensuring they stay ahead of the competition.



The KTP will focus on embedding expertise that will allow us to adopt new digital processes including offline programming; increasing capacity, reducing downtime and upskilling Omnitool. The KTP will develop the skills to code and programme Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining centres and robotics.



The Associate will be based at the Omnitool site in Irvine, working under the supervision of the Business Partner Supervisor, Kenny McKell, Technical Director. The Associate will be fully integrated within the wider Omnitool team. Supported by Kenny, with further support from the Senior Business Employee, Mark McKell, Operations Director, the Associate will also have access to all staff and company resources as required to ensure successful knowledge exchange.  



To be considered for this role, the ideal candidate should possess a solid educational background in the field of production and manufacturing, preferably in a CNC machining environment, demonstrating expertise or exposure in industrial processes, digital production, and computer-aided design (CAD). The ability to effectively apply this knowledge to real-world scenarios is an essential part of the project. A genuine passion for driving the implementation of digital solutions and a deep understanding of management and digitalization strategy are key attributes we seek in the successful candidate.  



Moreover, we value individuals who display exceptional communication skills, enabling them to collaborate effectively with various teams within the organization and bridge the gap between technical aspects and business objectives. The candidate's strong problem-solving abilities will play a pivotal role in converting numerical and optimization theory into practical procedures and successful trials.  



Furthermore, proficiency in digital literacy is crucial for navigating modern technological advancements. While experience in programming and Computer Integrated Manufacturing is desirable, a candidate's adaptability and willingness to learn new technologies are equally important.  



This strategic appointment offers potential growth opportunities within the company as the future Head of Digital Manufacturing and Transformation.  



The position offers the KTP Associate the following benefits:


§  A challenging and rewarding job, with real responsibility within the work environment

§  A planned program of training courses, including a £4,000 personal development budget

§  Mentoring from industrial and academic supervisors

§  Support and resources from the University

§  The chance to implement strategic development within an innovative company

§  Fast track your career

§  Own your own project, delivering positive change

§  Take on a role that bridges academia and business

§  The chance to manage a challenging, real-world project  



The project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses to innovate and grow by working with UK universities. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position please visit:



Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Daniele Marini, Anchoring Innovation Manager (0141 534 5561 /



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Digital Manufacturing Lead - CNC Machining (KTP Associate) 553089