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Glasgow Caledonian University Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA
£55,000 per year dependent on experience
Contract Type:
Permanent, Temporary
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

Job Description

This is a full time/fixed term opportunity for 34 months

The System Developer / Data Analyst (KTP Associate) will be an employee of Glasgow Caledonian University but will be based at John G Russell with regular supervision meetings with the University’s supervisory team

An additional £5,667 training and development budget is available for this opportunity

The Role

The project provides an excellent opportunity to use cutting edge technical skills in data engineering, including data translation, ETL and streaming, to develop a solution to consolidate diverse internal and external data sources that are crucial to the provision of a wide range of transport and logistics services. In addition, an incorporated feature to the required platform for live tracking of the company’s assets needs to be implemented. The skills associated with developing and delivering this capability will include data layer design, data modelling, storage and data exchange, cloud data platforms, streaming ETL/ELT and analytics.  The project is aimed at building a consolidated data architecture that provides integration in real-time covering multiple different platforms and customers that are unique to the business, and building a solution which provides flexibility to extend in the future. Combined with this, we expect to generate high quality research publications from the work.

The successful candidate will have a 2.1 degree or higher in either Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

They should also have:

  • Knowledge of relational/non-relational
  • Strong SQL skills.
  • Knowledge of ETL/ELT design.
  • Strong programming skills including Python.
  • Experience with systems and software development lifecycles.
  • Experience with REST APIs and services.
  • General knowledge of security threats, data security principles and GDPR.
  • General knowledge of AI and machine learning.

John G Russell

Russell is a Scottish based, family-owned leading transport and logistics provider committed to delivering high value logistics solutions across the UK and Europe.

The company was brought to life in 1969 by our Chairman, John Russell. Over 50 years on, with 250 vehicles, 14 depots and UK rail terminals, Russell Logistics has established itself as a market leader, servicing some of Europe’s largest organisations and the world’s strongest brands. It is through Russell's highly skilled and motivated workforce, attention to detail, and excellent customer service that the company has grown to where it is today, and this is the method in which Russell continues to grow. Russell maximise the use of company resources and systems by closely monitoring performance and continues to play to its strength of understanding the needs of both the industry and the individual consumer.

Our “Group” is made up of multiple branded operational divisions specialising in the following areas: Bonded and Dry Goods Warehousing, Road and Rail Distribution, Container Yard Management, Contract Packing, Engineering, E-Fulfilment, Self Store, Office and Warehouse Leasing, Cask Warehousing, Tank Wash and Training (Supply Chain).

Our wide array of services allow us to provide an “end to end” logistics service across the entire supply chain which has allowed us to build strong relationships with our partners’ evolving and growing supply chain needs. We work with blue-chip clients as well as many smaller customers. Our customers include Diageo, Highland Spring, NHS, William Grants, Bacardi, Inverhouse, Mars, and many others.

There is a possibility that John G Russell may recruit the Associate at the end of the project.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

This project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. KTP Associates spend around 10% of their time in training and development and are offered the opportunity to gain a Diploma in Management. You will be employed by the University but your role will be based at the company. Many KTP Associates are offered a permanent role with their company at the end of the KTP project. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position. Please visit:

Glasgow Caledonian University

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as our values in everything that we do.  As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.

The University holds the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver institution award, which recognises our significant record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality across different disciplines.

The School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and is one of only two such Schools in Scotland to hold the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Award for promoting gender equality and women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) and allied STEMM subjects (surveying, environment and management of all themes) in higher education.

As a Disability Confident 'Committed' employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to disabled people. Although the Disability Confident 'Committed' level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants during the recruitment process.

The University also holds the Carer Positive ‘Engaged’ employer award, which recognises our commitment to supporting staff with caring responsibilities.

Glasgow Caledonian University are committed signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant

The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

If you are looking for more information or want to talk about this opportunity, please e-mail David Jones – or Dr Dimitrios Liarokapis –

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