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Market Development Analyst (KTP Associate) (5582)

An exciting opportunity has become available to work full time on a 2-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with Atheon Analytics, a small fast-growth tech company. The project will support Atheon in developing key capabilities to explore and exploit lucrative growth opportunities beyond grocery retail in related sectors and markets.

As part of the project you will have an opportunity to fully understand the company strategy, its inner workings and its data and analytics products. You will be asked to critically evaluate its operations, the product offering and the value it generates. You will then look into the current and potential retail sectors, research them thoroughly to understand the role data and analytics play in those sectors and the customer and competitor mix. You will need to understand the needs of potential customers, and how to translate these needs into functional requirements that inform the development of new products. The research will conclude with the evaluation of their commercial potential. Once the most promising opportunities have been identified you will lead the required changes within the company's operations and products to exploit those opportunities to generate new business value.

Employed and supported by an academic team from Manchester Metropolitan University, you will be based at the company's premises in Milton Keynes. Please note, that the company is working mostly remotely, so while there's an option to work from a physical office in Milton Keynes, you will not be required to be there every day. The company is also open to co-working options from Cambridge and London.

Company information:

Atheon Analytics offers services that humanise data to enable people to make complex decisions with confidence. They collect, manage and enrich large data sets and provide tools that allow their customers to explore, understand and act decisively from insightful analysis. Their main product, SKUtrak, is the grocery analytics platform used by over 1,700 fast-moving consumer goods companies supplying major UK retailers. SKUtrak enables companies to automatically collect, manage and store retailer data, and, thanks to the powerful visual analysis tools, identify important patterns in the flow-of-goods of their products so they can take appropriate action.

To find out more about Atheon Analytics go to; to find out more about SKUtrak go to

Atheon promotes an open, innovative culture where the robust exchange of ideas in a supportive environment is highly-prized. The organisation actively encourages pragmatic challenges to the status quo leading to continuous improvement of products, processes and technology. You will be a great fit if you share these values and utilise abstract and critical thinking to create and communicate concrete proposals to complex problems. As a small business, every Atheon team member is expected to work independently - effectively and efficiently - but seek assistance as blockers and challenges emerge. The business listens actively to all voices, irrespective of seniority or experience, when ideas are expressed with clarity, conviction and supporting evidence. If this sounds like the type of environment where you would enjoy contributing, learning and developing then you're probably a good fit.

Candidate background:

MSc in Business Analytics, Operations Management, or a similar field. Owing to the challenging nature of the project, ideally you will hold an MBA. A formal qualification in a related area, such as engineering design, would be highly beneficial. To be successful in this role, you should be a person who fits with Atheon's core values and culture (see above). A background in supply chain operations, and ideally data science or analytics within the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) or a retail sector would be a great benefit. The knowledge of the relevant academic frameworks, such as service design or mass customisation is a plus.

Candidate skills and characteristics:

  • Ability to think abstractly and critically to solve complex problems
  • Ability to conduct desk research, synthesise collected information and present meaningful findings
  • Ability to understand stakeholder needs and translate them into functional requirements
  • Ability to read, understand and apply academic research in business settings
  • Effective communicator with the ability to explain complex concepts in a clear manner to a wide-ranging audience
  • Motivated with a desire to learn and innovate
  • Capable of effective independent and team working
  • Strong organisational and time management capabilities
  • Keen interest in data, analytics, information technology and innovation
  • Keen interest in the retail sector
  • Leadership and coaching qualities
  • Lean and agile manage approaches
  • Change and risk management approaches


  • £2,000 per year to spend on personal training;
  • attendance at two residential managerial workshops (each of one week's duration);
  • opportunity to register on a higher degree (at a reduced cost);
  • 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.
  • Remote and flexible working (including co-working options).
  • Quarterly company meetings including different activities and a company dinner.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Iain Reid or Dr Amin Akhavan Tabassi

Apply by submitting a CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria for the role at

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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Business and Law
  • Salary:
    £30,000- £35,000 (depending on experience)
  • Closing Date:
    26 February 2023
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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