JOB PURPOSE You will undertake company-based research on projects in the supply chain area across 2 key projects. The first is an ESRC project that will be exploring the concept of supply chain productivity across the automotive and construction sectors in the West Midlands. The second is an EPSRC funded project looking at the future design of UK steel supply chains based on recycling scrap steel. You will assist the Project Director and Project Collaborators in the successful execution of these projects. Specific activities will include: 1. Defining the concept of supply chain productivity (and associated measures) from academic and practitioner perspectives. This will include supporting the design and execution of a series of workshops across the West Midlands to explore the concept from a range of stakeholder perspectives. 2. Work with PDRF from WBS to support the development of an economic measure of supply chain productivity. 3. Engaging with industrial partners to review current state and ideal future state supply chain design across 3 echelons in a supply chain (customers, focal firm, suppliers) to improve supply chain productivity, using a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches. This will focus on 2 different supply chains in the West Midland: automotive and construction. 4. Mapping the UK scrap steel supply chain. The work will be carried out by data mining from literature, interaction with scrap merchants and steel producers, collaboration with relevant research institutes, and consultation with professional societies and policy makers. 5. Developing a future state scrap steel supply chain design. 6. Supporting the development of a technology research roadmap for delivering a low carbon sustainable UK steel industry. This will include the development of a decision support tool supporting Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA). DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Research 1. To establish a sound research base within the Department in order to pursue individual and collaborative research of high quality consistent with making a full active research contribution to the Department in line with its research strategy. 2. To secure, in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate, external funding through research grants or contracts to support a developing research agenda. 3. To manage research projects within the University, which includes supervising post-doctoral research assistant, research students, technical and other support staff engaged in research. 4. To consider the value of research achievements within their potential commercial context and where appropriate and with the assistance of the Research Support Services, take appropriate action to protect such research results by patent application or copyright to the potential benefit of the University. 5. Where appropriate and expedient, to secure contract work to the benefit of (your) research activity and to provide resources to underpin this activity. 6. To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to publish and disseminate the result of research and scholarship in other reputable outlets. 7. To identify and explore with the Department and the University any entrepreneurial opportunities which may arise and to ensure that intellectual property rights are protected for the benefit of the University and the researcher. 8. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the department. 9. To contribute to the research plans developed by the Department, including providing such information as may be required by the Department to monitor the progress of each member of staff’s research programme and to support the Department fully in the preparation of material required for the REF or similar activities. 10. To help draft research reports for the Project Director. Administration and Other Activities 11. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Head of Department. 12. To attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University. 13. To participate in relevant professional activities. 14. To engage in continuous professional development. 15. To undertake external commitments, which reflect well and enhance the reputation of the University. 16. To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work. The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The postholder will be required to be flexible in their duties.