Culture and Values, Diversity & Inclusion, Early Careers, Engineering, Graduate

“We design, engineer, manufacture and market beautiful vehicles. With that comes a real sense of pride for the brand and what we do.”

Megan Howell joined Jaguar Land Rover in 2015 to study for a degree apprenticeship in Engineering. In 2021, Megan’s hard work, determination and commitment were acknowledged when she was awarded a First-Class Bachelor of Engineering degree with honours by the University of Warwick. 

At the start of her professional career as a Cost Engineer and hot on the heels of a listing in the Autocar Great Women in the British car industry 2022 initiative, Megan tells us why Jaguar Land Rover is a great place to work for Black talent.

  1. Why Jaguar Land Rover for Black talent?

Now is a really exciting time for Black talent to join Jaguar Land Rover. The automotive industry is not traditionally known for its diversity; however, Jaguar Land Rover has committed to changing this narrative. Jaguar Land Rover is the first UK car manufacturer to sign the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter and has partnered with a number of other external diversity bodies – most recently BYP. Over the next five years, Jaguar Land Rover’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy, championed by our CEO Thierry Bollore, will see the company strive to shape “a culture in which every one of our employees can bring their authentic self to work and reach their full potential”. This will be bolstered by the implementation of progressive policies, benefits and support, along with employee engagement to accelerate progress.

All of these D&I initiatives paired with our global Reimagine strategy see Jaguar Land Rover entering an era of true internal and external transformation. There is a lot of change on the horizon and more opportunity than ever before. For Black talent wanting to be part of that evolution and passionate about becoming trailblazers for upcoming BYPs, I think it’s a great place to be right now.

2. What do you like about working here?

It’s great working on two internationally recognised brands that are pioneering modern luxury. We design, engineer, manufacture and market beautiful vehicles. With that comes a real sense of pride for the brand and what we do.

I like how multi-faceted the company is in terms of the job roles, working environments and experience available. Different functions attract and cultivate different skills, personality types and ideas. It’s great seeing the cross-functional collaboration that happens to deliver an amazing end product every time.  I really enjoy that in my job role, I interface with a lot of these functions.

3. How does the REACH (Race, Ethnicity & Cultural Heritage) network enhance life at Jaguar Land Rover?

The Jaguar Land Rover REACH employee network will be celebrating its 4th birthday this September. The network exists to champion employees from all races and ethnicities to be equally represented and celebrated across Jaguar Land Rover. Racial equality is also a high priority to Jaguar Land Rover senior leaders, with a clear target to increase ethnic representation by 15% across all levels of our business by 2026. Working closely with core stakeholders across the business, the REACH network will be instrumental in creating initiatives to help Jaguar Land Rover achieve this target.

As a member of the committee and Communications Lead, I love that I get to play such an active part in Jaguar Land Rover’s journey toward becoming a more inclusive business. It is a huge amount of work but super rewarding and looking after the comms, branding and marketing activities for the network allows me to use and develop skills in an area that I’m passionate about.

We run four core types of events – Lunch & Learns (to educate and open conversations), Roadshows (to build awareness of REACH and its fundamentals around the business), Mastermind Series (to provide networking and development) and Change Makers (to improve employee work experience). We have a Yammer page and curate a monthly newsletter along with holding events and celebrations for various cultural occasions throughout the year. We have an internal mentorship scheme and also partner with local educational bodies to encourage bringing diverse talent into the business, in addition to actively encouraging the progression of diverse talent.

The REACH network has enhanced my life at Jaguar Land Rover, and I’ve heard the same from many others. I only wish I had known about it when I first joined! However, this is a part of the work we are doing with our Roadshows and partnerships with Early Careers to raise awareness. The sense of unity and reward that comes from being a member of the committee, building it from the ground up and bringing people together is amazing. As a member of REACH, I get to expand my network and meet like-minded people from across the business who want to have a more meaningful experience at work. REACH makes work feel a bit more like home.

4. How does Jaguar Land Rover empower employees?

Where applicable, Jaguar Land Rover had maintained flexibility on hybrid working after the benefits seen on wellbeing when it started during the pandemic.

Our employee-led networks help foster our culture of empowerment. If you just want to clock in, do your hours, and clock out that’s fine – but if you want to push yourself to do more there are chances to get yourself more involved.

To view our profile on BYP, click here.

Digital, Graduate

‘If it means continuous improvement, someone is always willing to listen.’

Analytics Graduate Tinotenda Mutasa talks about the immersive nature of her role at Jaguar Land Rover in our Digital team. Less than a year into her time at Jaguar Land Rover, Tinotenda has picked up a wealth of key skills.

‘I never thought I would find myself in such a technical immersive role. Less than a year into the role, I can confidently say I have picked up key skills such as SQL, data analysis, agile and data wrangling. I have been involved in planning and organising lunch & learn sessions ranging from slide creation to intelligent automation. This has also given me the confidence to interact with incoming graduates and give them an insight into what the role is about, and this is only the beginning!

During my first rotation, I built and designed a Tableau-based gamification dashboard that is now being used across the business. Its main aim is to encourage engagement with the Tableau platform by simplifying the functionality that people are currently using and what functionality they could be using to maximise their Tableau capability. It also allows for a little friendly competition between peers as it has a points-based ranking system depending on function and grade. The more functionality you use, and the more frequently you use it; the more points you get on the user scoreboard – so essentially, it’s a rewards card.

I believe the gamification dashboard continues to play an important role in supporting and improving the Tableau culture and enterprise across the company. It provides links to additional training, eLearning options and access to upgrading their licences. This is a major advantage to the business as it empowers people with tools that take minimum effort to create impressive and interactive dashboards that can facilitate more efficient decision-making.

One of the most important aspects of my work here is that despite not having been here for very long, there is always an opportunity to contribute tangible results to the bigger picture. Whether my work is used internally or to help influence more important external decisions, it almost always makes an impact. More importantly, if it means continuous improvement, someone is always willing to listen.’

Graduate, People, Powertrain

‘Powertrain has evolved from being all about engines – today there is an emphasis on Batteries and Electric Drive Units (EDUs).’

PE Propulsion Graduate Jaime Fowler tells us more about how the supportive culture in her team enables her to grow as an engineer.

‘I started my career journey on the Engineering Education Scheme, and after doing a year’s placement at a competitor, I joined the Women in Engineering programme at Jaguar Land Rover. After completing this programme, I returned to the graduate scheme – and now I’m in my second year.


Throughout my time with the company, I have been in Powertrain – with the same very supportive team and manager – specialising in fluids. As part of the graduate scheme, I do two six-month placements away from my team. I’m currently working in Engineering Sustainability – looking at the impact of a vehicle through its lifecycle. It brings a very different perspective to my role and I’m learning a lot from the experts in the team. When I return to Powertrain, I’ll be able to bring my learnings back to the team.


Powertrain has evolved from being all about engines – today there is an emphasis on Batteries and Electric Drive Units (EDUs). The team I work in is hugely flexible – moving forward with new components and the software required for them. I have learned different Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software, to ensure we are using the best software for the task at hand.


My role in Powertrain allows me to be creative and I’m given time to model solutions, test them, and write out instructions on how to deploy them. I enjoy this as I can think creatively. I am constantly learning and improving the process as I go along.


I enjoy the problem-solving element of what I do. I am not massively into cars but enjoy working towards improvements in the virtual side of the development process. My advice to anyone looking to join Powertrain is to be open to opportunities. I wasn’t a huge fan of software at uni – but Jaguar Land Rover has given me space and time to learn on the job – and, because of this, I’ve found a job that I enjoy.’

To find out more about current opportunities in the Powertrain team click here.

Autonomous

My work also has an impact on society as many features play a safety role

AAD Simulation Validation Engineer, Balazs Fulop tells us more about the great projects that he works on as part of our global ADAS team.

‘My career has developed a lot since I started working at Jaguar Land Rover. I began as an AAD Simulation Validation Engineer and I am now working on Vision Systems, which helps our users to navigate at low speed, for example; rear, surround camera views, off-road features and towing assistant. Over the last two years, I’ve worked on all of these features and I am responsible for the test execution within our team. I’ve learnt a huge amount – including people management, communication, and user engagement.

In Vision Systems I get to work on many features, that aid parking, off-road and towing. My team validate the integration of these different systems. These features are useful – a notable example is the kerb view, which assists parking near kerbs. My favourite is the see-through bonnet which visualises what is under the front bonnet, so it’s as if you can see through the bonnet. It is incredibly good, especially when you go off-roading and want to avoid big rocks and holes.

My work has a significant impact on our customer experience because I work on assistant features – helping to make the car more comfortable. But my work also has an impact on society as many features play a safety role, like the rear camera view. It can save lives. The business need is also big because many regulations state that some features are mandatory in new cars, so we need to develop, integrate, and operate these features in line with the law.

My role helps our customers. If I deliver excellent work, find as many bugs as possible and make the software better, it is good for both the customer and the company. It’s a good feeling, because of what I work on, hundreds of thousands of people’s driving experiences become more comfortable and safer. Also, I love the atmosphere within Jaguar Land Rover – some great colleagues have become good friends, and we help each other, support each other and work together well.’

Click here to apply for our open global ADAS roles.

Diversity & Inclusion, Powertrain, PRIDE

‘The work that the PRIDE network is doing allows colleagues to be honest about who they are.’

Powertrain Software Engineer, Elena talks about her career journey at Jaguar Land Rover and her invaluable work as the Communications Co-Lead for our PRIDE network.


‘I was studying for a degree in Computer Science when I first got an undergraduate placement with Jaguar Land Rover. I then joined the graduate scheme which allowed me to get experience in many areas of the business and now I’m working in Powertrain In-house Software. I’ve been involved in numerous projects including verification and testing of software, and calibration of EV Software, which involved looking at how we deliver software packages, and how we deploy the tooling of software and our cloud-based infrastructure. This project has been a favourite of mine.


I’ve received a lot of support in my time in the business – both from my manager and from the company networks I’m involved in. I recently spoke at the internal Women in Engineering conference as part of a Diversity & Inclusion panel.


Also, our PRIDE network is phenomenal. Through this network, I hosted a lunch and learn about gender identity and the contacts and support I received after this was amazing. The work that the PRIDE network is doing allows colleagues to be honest about who they are. Through lunch & learns, events such as Birmingham Pride and working with external agencies – we are constantly giving visibility to the LGBTQ+ community.


Something I am proud of is seeing ‘Driving Pride’ be born of the efforts of a member of our Jaguar Land Rover PRIDE committee. This is a new network that aims to provide a safe and supportive space for all LGBTQ+ people within the whole automotive sector. Through this network colleagues from different companies can share our approach and strategy to making people feel comfortable at work and help them to be themselves.’

To find out more about exiting opportunities in our Powertrain team, click here.