Early Careers, Marketing, Sales & Service, People, Undergraduate

Marketing, Sales & Service Undergraduate – Joe Beacham

How have you seen your role develop since you first started?

When I first started, I spent a bit of time understanding the role and what I would be required to do, but I got hands-on pretty early with completing tasks that would be part of my workload each month. As I have learned more about the business I have been able to get involved with other tasks and bigger projects. Being hands-on with suppliers and spending time offsite has been a really interesting experience. I still have my core day-to-day tasks to complete but I’m now getting involved in wider projects.

What was a project you were proud to be part of?

We undertook a three-week project to approve the efficiency of the creation of our main department scorecard. During the time we worked with external suppliers and I was able to run many of the meetings with them, outlining what we needed and tracking the ongoing progress that they were making. It was great to be part of an effective process improvement, whereby we were able to save the company time and money. It required a lot of work as sometimes dealing with suppliers in different locations isn’t plain sailing but that made it an even more interesting and exciting project to be part of.

How would you describe the undergraduate community at Jaguar Land Rover?

There is an undergraduate community; there have been several organised collective meetings within my Undergraduate Programme; being able to talk to people of interest from around the business and getting a chance to visit and learn about other areas of the business that we were previously unaware of. There have been many chances to see other undergraduates outside of work as well, and initially the Facebook group set up was a great way to get introduced to others.

What’s the best thing about being part of the Undergraduate Programme?

Being involved in making real improvements within the company that make a difference to the daily operations, and constantly being challenged to look at how we can improve our processes has been a great experience. I have been able to get involved in projects where I was given real responsibilities and saw the impacts they had across several business areas.