‘Being a woman in science has never been intimidating for me, but I felt that my full professional potential was reached when I joined Jaguar Land Rover as a Lead Cell Engineer. I strongly believe that I am playing a key role in the technology revolution and that my everyday objectives are leaving a positive impact on society. In addition to that, my team is currently led by a woman, a Senior Technical Specialist, giving me confidence about the accessibility of impact roles and highlighting the strong inclusion culture within Jaguar Land Rover.
During my PhD I had the opportunity of submitting a patent and therefore developing an “applied solution approach”, however, before joining Jaguar Land Rover, I did not believe that my skills could apply to “real world” topics. My background is focused on analytical electrochemistry and materials characterisation and my previous working experiences are academic. Today, all the knowledge that I gathered on the process’s optimization is invested in the development of electrochemical cells for current and next-generation batteries. In addition to that, I also look after the partnerships between JLR, the Catapult network or the Faraday Institution as durable and strong collaborations with Academia are seen as a key component of the future JLR strategy.
I joined the business at the time when the Reimagine strategy was being rolled outputting sustainability at the centre of every activity. It feels like playing a role in a technology revolution, contributing to the acceleration of the de-carbonisation of our fleet and promoting the circular economy. Purchasing “greener” products is a very important pillar for our current customers as the business is capable of associating the comfort of luxury with a positive environmental impact shaping the automotive landscape of future generations.
There are several aspects which make me think that Jaguar Land Rover is “the place to be”. Being a lead engineer means that my everyday life is focused on delivering technical content on a variety of topics. My days are very diverse and the technical questions that I need to answer are stimulating. Secondly, every technical challenge is faced with the support and the collaboration of the whole team who is the perfect reflection of the diversity and inclusion culture here. My colleagues have an international background, and the working environment is extremely dynamic. Finally, delivering a product, while learning every day new skills and abilities is a unique opportunity for professional and personal growth.’