Product Development Engineer (KTP Associate)

Manchester Metropolitan University
Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
Closing date
25 Oct 2019
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Product Development Engineer (KTP Associate)



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An exciting opportunity has become available to work full time on a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the Manchester Metropolitan University, to embed new-to-company design and biomechanics/engineering modelling capabilities that will facilitate the development of new-to-market products, driving significant sales growth in leisure and rehabilitation markets.

Company information:

Based at: Shapemaster Global Ltd, Holmfirth

Shapemaster Global Limited is a leading provider of power assisted exercise equipment for the leisure and rehabilitation markets. Based in Yorkshire, they design, assemble and distribute products, direct from their manufacturing facility, to both UK and overseas customers and agents.

Their target markets are older adults, and those living with limited mobility or disabilities. Currently, only 12% of the population visits a gym or leisure centre due to lack of appeal of the mainstream gym to older adults. Shapemaster Global Ltd has created an alternative to this, with inclusive exercise facilities (the 'feel good' centre concept), which they are rolling out across the UK (via public leisure and rehab centres) and in Norway.

Qualification we require:

Engineering graduate, with a PhD or other further degree/equivalent experience in a related area.

Application requirements:

Candidates will have experience of the following:

  • Using engineering software packages including Computational Aided Design (CAD) and Computational Aided Engineering (CAE), e.g. Solidworks, ANSYS;
  • Research in a field related to engineering design, ideally related to the human interactions;
  • Familiar with software packages linked to biomechanical analysis and particularly software involved in engineering design;
  • Human movement analysis (motion capture) – desirable.
  • Knowledge of product development regulations - desirable


  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • £2,000 per year to spend on personal training;
  • Attendance at two residential managerial workshops (each of one week’s duration);
  • Work with world-leading researchers at the Manchester Metropolitan University;
  • Opportunity of a permanent position with the company; 70% of host companies make a permanent job offer to their Associate at the end of the project.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Kirstie Andrews ( or Prof Neil Reeves (

Closing date: 25 October 2019

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Our degree programmes are designed to meet the needs of industry and develop students’ capacity to learn independently and apply critical thinking to live, real-world issues. Our engineering facilities are excellent with a new £4m heavy engineering workshop for research and teaching in surface engineering, materials and dynamics, and state-of-the-art equipment including rapid prototyping machines and water jet cutters. We are an enhanced partner of the Institution of Engineering and Technology who, along with the Institution of Mechanical Engineering, provide accreditation for our degree programmes. Many of our programmes are also certified with the EUR-ACE® European quality label.

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