PDS Direct / Birmingham City University
graduate job

Systems Integration Engineer - (KTP Associate)

Job description

PDS Direct, based in Oldbury, West Midlands is working with the Department of Digital Transformation in the School of Computing and Digital Technology at Birmingham City University to implement optimised IT systems and processes, and bring about organisational change to achieve improved logistics and transportation efficiencies to support their growth strategy.

This is an exciting opportunity for a computing IT or IT and business systems graduate to develop and implement a digital transformation strategy to support optimised IT systems integration that is better designed for its specialised fragile items business. The successful candidate will have access to a £2,000 per annum training budget and also be supported and mentored by academics in the University who will visit PDS Direct weekly to support you.

The Graduate known as the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate role presents a unique and exciting opportunity to work in collaboration with leading academics at Birmingham City University (BCU) to apply knowledge and technical innovation, delivered on site at the company. The KTP Associate should have a minimum 2.1 University qualification in a relevant subject area and graduated within the last five years.

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme part-funded 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 £2,000 per annum (£4,000 in total) Personal Development budget to upskill during the project - more information on https://www.ktp-uk.org

PDS Direct is a family firm with a strong position in a niche market. They intend to grow their business rapidly by improving their systems capability to meet customers’ transport and distribution needs. For more information please visit: https://www.pdsdirect.co.uk

The successful graduate will be employed by Birmingham City University and will be seconded/based at PDS Direct based in Oldbury, B69 2BP). The successful candidate will be supported and mentored by academics from The Department of Digital Transformation in the School of Computing and Digital Technology. This position is fixed position 24 months.

The Associate will be expected to lead and deliver the digital transformation KTP project, managing the expectations of various stakeholders, under the guidance and support of both an academic and a company supervisor throughout the project. There is a fully written work plan and project plan to follow to assist you during the project.

What we are looking for

  • A good understanding of IT systems integration and Cloud Services with at least one year's industry experience.
  • Practical working experience of logistics industry preferably including scalable cloud-based systems used to optimise business processes and reduce errors in the storage, processing and transportation of fragile goods.
  • Experience of planning, designing, and testing optimised IT solutions for continuous improvement.
  • Experience of technical maturity assessment and software evaluation
  • Applying strategic analysis tools (e.g. value chain analysis)
  • Utilising Design Thinking and running design thinking workshops (e.g. using journey maps)
  • Process modelling and optimisation – using industry standard tools e.g. BPMN
  • Developing and implementing change management plans
  • Preparing training modules and delivering training to stakeholders
  • Project management and implementation skills
  • You will hold a good first degree (equivalent to a First Class or 2:1 Honours) in a computing IT or IT and business systems degree with experience in IT systems development and integration and change management methodologies. A Master’s degree in a closely related discipline will be an added advantage.
  • A good understanding of IT systems development and Cloud Services from at least one year's experience of the role
  • Software development experience using languages such as Python, C#, or Java in a commercial environment.
  • Understanding of methods and methodologies such as Agile, Scrum or KANBAN.
  • Practical working experience of logistics industry preferably including scalable cloud-based systems to optimise storage, processing, and transportation for continuous improvement.
  • Experience of technical maturity assessment and software evaluation
  • Completion of a substantial digital change project in either university or industry
  • Understanding of the complex relationship between people, information, processes, and technology
  • Keen interest in the developing enabling strategies to facilitate business growth through organisational change
  • Analysing and redesigning business processes to improve performance and productivity
  • Experience of developing cloud-based solutions
  • Excellent communication skills and should be willing to actively and effectively communicate between a range of specialists.
  • Effective interpersonal skills to establish good working relationships with colleagues, stakeholders, and industrial partners will be essential.
  • Ability to develop knowledge and skills in research methods and data analysis techniques.
  • Willingness to take ownership of the project, developing skills in financial, project management, multidisciplinary working, etc.
  • Excellent time management and problem-solving skills and be confident in dealing with clients.
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, and able to take a proactive role that will successfully deliver the work plan in the proposal.


  • Ability to document strategic initiatives and new standard operating procedures including online manuals accessible to all employees.
  • Practiced in training and mentoring to embed new IT capabilities.
  • Practical working experience of Design Thinking to solve complex real-world problems.
  • Ability to apply strategic analysis tools.
  • Involvement in the implementation of a new culture of continuous improvement using soft systems methods.
  • Familiarity with Plan-Do-Check-Act team working to embed best practice.
  • You will be challenged to develop a set of organisational, project management, and personal skills. You must be a proficient communicator and engage fully with all stakeholders, seminars, workshops, and events to highlight the work of the project.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

£33,500 - £35,000

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term

How to apply

For more information on the role please contact Sharon Cox, Deb Evans or Jan Krasniewicz

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 30 September 2022

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Closing date:  30 September 2022

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