ZZ004026 - KTP Associate – Data Scientist/NLP Specialist
Vacancy Description

Portsmouth Business School

Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation


KTP Associate – Data Scientist/NLP Specialist


Employment type:  Fixed term contract for 24 months

Employment basis:  Full time

Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 per annum, depending on qualification and experience, plus £4,000 personal training budget

Post number: ZZ004026

Date published: 19 June 2017

Closing date: 20 July 2017


Interview date: week commencing 31 July 2017


Interviews in person at the company premises in Guildford, Surrey. 


The Company

Bounce Foods Limited markets a nutritious snack food brand – Bounce Energy Balls.  Bounce is based in Guildford with a mission to inspire positivity in the way people eat, think & live – through great nutrition, leading an active lifestyle and being mindful and caring of others.  The company has experienced significant growth in recent years and as a result, is expanding their operations and product range.


The Project

The challenge in this project will be to enable Bounce Foods Limited to understand their customers and environment by using mobile application integrated advanced text-mining analysis on large data sources related to the consumers in this sector aiming to understand in-depth consumer insights and integrating it to the company’s various business decisions.


The new data analysis capabilities to be established within Bounce through this project will enable the company to improve and increase the sales of their existing products, understand and interact with their customers better. This new capability will allow them to bring innovative and improved products to the market that require understanding customers’ expectations.


You will be joining a small friendly team based at the company in Guildford, Surrey. In the role you will be actively supported by knowledge transfer specialists, with expertise in innovation and text-mining field, from the University of Portsmouth. The project is jointly funded by Bounce Foods Limited. 


The role

This is an exciting opportunity open to those who are graduated and/or have relevant experience in Data Scientist/NLP Specialist with a strong postgraduate or undergraduate (first class or upper second class) in Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Data Engineering, IT for Business Computer Systems. The post will provide the individual with an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the company’s business and product decisions. It will also offer a range of experience and exposure to senior management, using advanced text-mining in business operations and decisions. The success of this project could lead to the opportunity of a relevant position at the company.


What is KTP?

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), a government funded scheme, bring together universities and businesses to work together on a development project that is strategically important to the future of an organisation.


How does it work?

KTP Associate employed by the university and work full time with a company to deliver the objectives of a highly innovative development project.  KTP is the largest graduate recruitment programme in Europe


What can KTP offer:

•          £4,000 training budget

•          Attendance at a 2 one week management residential workshops

•          Acceleration for your career

•          A competitive salary

•          The opportunity to lead and manage a highly innovative and strategic project

•          The support of an academic team from the University

•          The possibility of a permanent post with the company

•          The possibility of working towards a higher degree


Candidates are invited to contact Dr. Sercan Ozcan (sercan.ozcan@port.ac.uk ) to discuss the post.


For detailed information about the vacancy, please select this link: ZZ004026 - KTP Associate – Data Scientist/NLP Specialist.docx