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Academic expert employed to help shape business for Menzies Distribution

Menzies Distribution has entered into one of the UK’s largest graduate recruitment programmes to introduce fresh academic expertise to the business and provide valuable work experience to university graduates.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) has partnered Menzies Distribution with University of Strathclyde graduate Naveen Kumar, who was chosen especially because of his advanced skills in supply chain and operations management. 
Naveen, whose placement is being jointly funded by Menzies Distribution, the Scottish Funding Council and the Technology Strategy Board, will now spend two-and-a-half years based in Edinburgh Park working alongside Menzies Distribution’s team of five Business Efficiency experts looking at ways of improving productivity and performance. 
Business Improvement Manager Jim Ross said: “We are pleased to be embarking on this new project with the University of Strathclyde and will be working with Naveen to identify key areas of improvement. During his time with us, we aim to give Naveen practical involvement in our team and in return we will be able to utilise his academic knowledge to help us achieve our objectives.” 
Part of Naveen’s role will be to help implement Menzies Distribution’s Continuous Improvement 2015 (CI 2015) project, which is designed to refine and enhance processes, and improve customer service throughout the business. 
Ross added: “The three main goals of CI 2015 are to reduce unnecessary costs, improve efficiencies, and introduce a consistent culture throughout the business, and Naveen will work with us to achieve these changes and ensure that our new approaches are embedded throughout the organisation.”
The KTP was set up by the Technology Strategy Board to help businesses access the knowledge and expertise available within UK universities and colleges. Typical benefits for business partners include an increase of more than £240,000 in annual profits before tax and the creation of two new jobs.