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Business Analytics Project Lead (KTP Associate)

Management Science
Salary:   £32,000 - £37,500 per annum plus £4,000 personal development fund (over 2 years)
Closing Date:   Sunday 24 October 2021
Interview Date:   Friday 19 November 2021
Reference:  A3542

This position is based in Coventry, CV3 4LF. 

An exciting opportunity has become available for a master’s level candidate to contribute to improving inventory decisions at Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc (Jaguar Land Rover). This post has been created as a result of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Lancaster University’s Department of Management Science and offers a 24 month fixed term contract, with a £4k dedicated training budget tailored towards your personal development. 

Jaguar Land Rover, a subsidiary of Tata Motors, is a worldwide leader in manufacturing luxury sports and sports utility vehicles. 

Within Marketing, Sales and Service (MS&S) the company has Parts Supply Chain function that is responsible for the supply of service parts and accessories for the global Jaguar Land Rover dealer network. This KTP sits within the Inventory Management Team responsible for ensuring inventory in right place at the right time with JLR global warehouse network to satisfy customer requirements. To research Jaguar Land Rover, please visit JLR Corporate Website.

You will lead a project which aims to design, test and implement innovative models to forecast demand for service parts at Jaguar Land Rover, and to improve inventory decision making for All Time Buys and Bridging Buys, thereby reducing economic and environmental waste. 

You will be employed by Lancaster University, but will be based at Jaguar Land Rover’s premises in Coventry. You will work closely with and be supported by the senior management team at Jaguar Land Rover and academics from the Department of Management Science, principally Professor John Boylan and Dr Anna-Lena Sachs.  

Lancaster University is a top-10 university in the UK and in the top-125 in the World. Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) is an award-winning, quadruple accredited and world-ranked school, typically ranked in the UK’s top ten and among the World’s top 100 business schools. The Department of Management Science has one of the largest number of Operational Research and Systems teaching staff in the country, with an outstanding research and publishing record. With a worldwide reputation as an international centre of excellence, this department has a distinguished history of helping organisations solve real problems. 

The novel design of the project, combined with the generous support package and close supervision from both industry and a leading university, make this an exceptional opportunity for you to take a leading role in an innovative project and launch a career in forecasting, inventory and supply chain management. You will be working in a successful business, leading the project through from start to finish, gaining commercial awareness and business skills. 

Ideally, you will be a master's graduate in a subject such as mathematics, mathematics and statistics, operational research, business analytics or data science, although consideration will be given to a bachelor's at minimum 2:1 plus significant relevant work experience. You will have strong investigative and analytical skills in problem structuring, mathematics, statistics, machine learning and programming. Programming skills will be essential, and knowledge of Python and SQL are highly desirable. These skills may be demonstrated through your previous study or relevant work experience. Above all, you must be able to take ownership of the project, formulating a clear plan for its successful execution, and making necessary adjustments as the project unfolds. You will need to able to work collaboratively with colleagues at Jaguar Land Rover and communicate effectively with all levels of the organisation. Previous project experience is highly desirable, especially experience of projects involving information systems and their implementation.

In addition to a competitive salary, the reward package includes an additional £4,000 for your personal development, with time allocated for you to pursue training and learning activities, offering excellent opportunities to further your professional development and support your career progression. You will have the opportunity to register for a Master’s of Research by Research Innovation with LUMS. You will also be encouraged to prepare research publications based upon the results of the project where commercially appropriate.  

This KTP project is funded by UKRI through Innovate UK. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships bring together universities and business to work together on a development project that is strategically important to the Organisation’s future. KTP projects are delivered by recent graduates who enhance their career prospects by benefiting from business-based training and personal and professional development. For further information on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, please visit Home - Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (  

Informal enquires should be directed to:
Professor John Boylan (Lancaster University)  Email:

or, Mike Roberts (Jaguar Land Rover) Email:  

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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