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People, SVO

Due to the bespoke nature of SVO, a more unique set of challenges is presented. However, this is what makes my role so interesting!

Suspension Geometry & Capability Senior Engineer, Harminder Narwan joined Jaguar Land Rover seven years ago, shortly after graduating from the University of Warwick with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In October 2020, Harminder joined the SVO team where she enjoys an exhilarating career on some of our most illustrious projects.

“I joined Jaguar Land Rover after completing my degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Warwick. My passion for engineering evolved from my keen interest in maths and physics at school. I loved those subjects as I enjoy working with numbers.

Joining Jaguar Land Rover soon after graduating enabled me to start my career with a very strong technical foundation.   I had the opportunity to work cross-functionally across a range of disciplines, liaising with senior stakeholders to ensure the effective delivery of my projects.

I’ve also had the opportunity to travel globally to Nitra and visit all of the manufacturing sites in the UK. I had the rather unique opportunity of being on the line to see the build for the last of the Discovery 4 and the first product from the line for the Discovery 5!  I get to see a vehicle from the prototype stage right up to production which is very unique. Successfully delivering projects has given me a huge confidence boost.

Most recently, since moving to SVO, I have worked on the project for the new Range Rover SV. This was a very exciting, fast-paced experience.  Due to the bespoke nature of SVO, a more unique set of challenges is presented. However, this is what makes my role so interesting! I am able to apply my technical and problem-solving skills on a daily basis.  At the end of a project, solving the challenges that result in a highly desirable product is very satisfying.

Delivering successful SVO projects is all about satisfying and exceeding customer expectations.   I am responsible for making sure that every vehicle that leaves our manufacturing sites, prototype or production, leaves with capable road wheel alignment, ride heights and steering wheel angles. This ensures we build the vehicle to customer expectations.

I’m very ambitious and I definitely feel encouraged and supported to work towards my goals. There is a good sense of trust in my team, and I feel empowered to make my own decisions. Irrespective of who I come across in my day-to-day activities, everybody I collaborate with is willing and helpful. Everyone is very knowledgeable and passionate which is one of the things I really enjoy.” 

Our SVO team is currently recruiting for a range of dynamic roles, find out more.

Business Area, Design, People

Our designs are not only beautiful, but sustainable

‘I studied textile design at university and got this job straight after graduation. I studied at the Royal College of Art, and a lot of people from our team at Jaguar Land Rover graduated from there. 

Working in design feels so natural to me. I didn’t plan on going into automotive, but I loved working with materials – and in automotive, you get to work with a wide variety of materials which is great. This is my first job, so it has definitely shaped my career.  I’ve got to know the automotive industry through this job.

I’ve recently been working on a very exciting development project, with a new material.  I’m hoping that we will be the first company to use this material in the way that we plan to. The possibilities with materials are endless!

I am passionate about sustainability – it’s at the heart of everything we do.  I am very conscious about our designs not only being beautiful, but sustainable. We must continuously bring new, sustainable, better materials to life for our products.

In design, I feel like our director has a very strong vision and is very passionate. The designers in our team are also very passionate. We love what we do and are always trying to push the boundaries.’ To find out more about the amazing opportunities to join our talented Interiors Design team visit https://lnkd.in/dVDRXNXu

Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Home Page, Powertrain

What’s really important to me is bringing in new ways of thinking.

‘A big part of working on electric cars involves rapid tech changes. Being involved in such a new technology means we are constantly innovating to deliver the best products, while working in a fast paced and agile environment.   

Coming straight from Uni and having worked in powertrain electrification for the past three years I can tell you it’s an incredibly exciting industry to be involved in. Every year the public awareness of electrification increases, and this brings a real buzz to everything we are doing.  It is also great to see how the technology which we are developing and innovating is having a positive impact on society.

What’s really important to me is bringing in new ways of thinking – it’s something our whole team is passionate about. We are back on site now 2-3 times a week – and it’s great to be able to get together to talk through projects. It’s sometimes those small interactions during the day that bring great ideas to life. We all understand the impact we have on the design of vehicles and our ideas are always encouraged.

Jaguar Land Rover is a hugely exciting place to be at the moment. There is a vast amount of work happening in electrification and we are constantly striving to deliver the most competitive systems in this arena.’

Come and get involved and #ReimagineYourFuture: http://ow.ly/u9Cj50GcPg0

#LifeatJLR #Engineering

Home Page, People, Software

As a Software Engineer, I find I’m interacting with tech in a totally different way to any other role I’ve had.

‘Day to day I’m involved in all areas of software delivery but mainly test and quality assurance. What’s different here is that we are not just building websites – as you would in many tech environments. We are creating applications running on our vehicles.

At the moment I’m working on the infotainment system – which brings with it a lot of challenges around automated testing and continuous deployment.

We’re very focused on quality,  striving for the best, so automated testing is a vital component before any software is distributed. The platforms and systems we work on are constantly moving forward. Personally, I’m passionate about delivering a high-quality product that will meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.

I’ve worked here for 2 ½ years now as part of a Software team. We work across 2 to 3 products at a time – using different technology. Although we’ve all successfully worked from home over the last year, we now try to meet in the office at least once a week.

Being part of such a supportive and talented team, everyone really appreciates and cares about the products we are working on. As a Software Engineer, I find I’m testing and interacting with tech in a totally different way to any other role I’ve had – which, for me, is both exciting and challenging’.

There are some amazing opportunities to join us. Search ‘Find a Job’ on our careersite to find out more.

Graduate, Home Page, Research, Software, Technology

Since joining I’ve learnt how to build and deploy analytical products to production, communicate recommendations clearly, and collaborate with stakeholders across the business.

‘Jaguar Land Rover has had a huge positive impact on my career. Before I joined I was working in media in data entry. I knew a little coding, but generally did not know about data analytics and knew nothing of how it could be the powerhouse in transforming a business. Since I’ve joined I’ve learnt how to build and deploy analytical products to production, communicate recommendations clearly, and collaborate with stakeholders across the business.

I was taught the basics of analytics, data engineering, and data science in a crash course at the beginning of the graduate scheme. After that I was thrown into a project to learn while delivering. During the crash course in analytics, I learnt that I enjoyed applying data science and made it my goal to become a Data Scientist. As I grew over the two years and worked on a variety of different projects I was guided and mentored by senior members of our team towards that goal. Last month I signed a new contract with Jaguar Land Rover with Data Scientist as my job title.

At the moment, I am working on the Vehicle Data Model (VDM). As cars are quite complicated, it can be difficult to calculate all the information required to assess different scenarios at short notice. The VDM aims to be the one-stop-shop for all information on any vehicle that can be built by Jaguar Land Rover.

At the heart of the VDM is a model I built using binary decision diagrams. While it is currently able to provide data on hundreds of thousands of cars per week, I am developing a new model and architecture to increase the capacity to hundreds of millions of cars per week.

This will allow Jaguar Land Rover an unprecedented amount of data for optimising our decisions in scenario planning, forecasting, supply chain, and emissions of future cars.

I’d say there are three key things that are important with my work.

 The work challenges me and keeps me interested, the opportunity to continuously learn and the inspirational people I work with’.

Join us and you’ll be working alongside – and learning from – recognised digital leaders.

Home Page, Technology

Breathtakingly beautiful vehicles that are fantastic to drive aren’t enough anymore – the Digital experience in and around our vehicles plays an equally important part too.

‘Joining Jaguar Land Rover has allowed me to fulfil my aspirations of becoming a professional Designer within a global Automotive company. My first job after graduating was for the DS TECHEETAH Formula E team (Formula E remains the world’s only net zero carbon sport) and this role reaffirmed my desire to build a career in the ever-changing world of transport and mobility. I already had a passion for our two great brands before joining the business, so it really was a dream come true.

I am currently working on MyJLR (MyJaguar and MyLand Rover) – the central mobile app that aims to support the customer end-to-end across their entire vehicle ownership journey. It will guide vehicle owners from the moment they purchase their vehicle, allowing them to learn more about their car and the brand, track their vehicle through the build process, through to on-boarding, daily tasks, and managing their vehicles. Having had a lifelong passion for cars and being surrounded by them my whole life – MyJLR is a project that I could have only dreamed of working on and it addresses the needs of future mobility head on.

My day-to-day work on MyJLR specifically addresses the needs of our end customer’s experience in the future. Breathtakingly beautiful vehicles that are fantastic to drive aren’t enough anymore – the Digital experience in and around our vehicles plays an equally important part too.

As a User Experience Designer, it comes as no surprise that it’s important that the work that myself and my team create – meets and exceeds the needs, wants and desires of our end users and customers. People drive our vehicles not because they must, but because they want to, so it’s important to me that our customers are more than satisfied with the product (which will be evolving long after it has rolled off the production line). I am confident we are on the right path to deliver on our customer’s desires and are primed for an electrified and sustainable future. ‘

We have some great opportunities to join the team in Manchester – search our jobs page to find out more.

#ReimagineYourFuture #LifeatJLR

Electrified, Home Page

Joining us, you’ll be making your statement with our iconic brands.

“Over 6 years ago, when I was looking to develop my career, Jaguar Land Rover caught my eye as the first big company in Europe to be investing in Electrification.At that time, we had a small team of about 20 people – but this has really grown as Electrification becomes more and more integrated into everyday life across the globe.

As a team we are progressively looking to improve efficiency of our electric vehicles and the projects we have been working on have shown phenomenal improvements within this area. Our technical competence and awareness are continually growing. We learn and we evolve – with big ambitions to make even greater strides within this area.

Part of my role as EDU Systems and Concepts Manager is to ensure systems integration that not only is performant and durable but, most importantly, maximises efficiency. Over the past few years our team has grown in expertise and size. We are pushing boundaries, and this is both an exciting and challenging time to join the business. We are really evolving – constantly looking at new ways of doing things – and within the team you can freely express your creativity and expertise. Joining us, you’ll be making your statement with our iconic brands.” #ReimagineYourFuture#LifeatJLR

Purchasing

‘Working in Global Purchasing is brilliant. Every day is different – with different challenges and different pitches.’

Senior Purchasing Manager Marcus Middleton shares details on his 10 year career journey, talking about his personal and professional growth.

‘I joined Jaguar Land Rover in 2012 and, since then, have progressed well within our purchasing team – moving from non-production products to logistics and suspension – and, in August of this year, was promoted to Senior Purchasing Manager.


I’m proud of what I’ve achieved so far. I came from a retail buying background – which works at a different pace and on different timelines to the automotive industry. In retail, timelines are set for you – but here at Jaguar Land Rover, you can set your own goals so that you get the best out of what you are wanting to achieve.


Also, retail buying is very much about trends and themes and buying them as quickly as possible. Here it’s all about finding and building strong relationships with great suppliers that work well with our business.


Working in Global Purchasing is brilliant. Every day is different – with different challenges and different pitches. We buy and supply components for our vehicles of today but are always conscious of the changes going on in the industry and the future of our products.
The people I work with are one of the reasons I love my role. I love watching my team grow both personally and professionally. Over the years I’ve built a great network of colleagues – both in the UK and globally. I’ve had the opportunities to visit our markets in India and Europe and got to understand their culture and work.


We are a people-centric business. People get out of Jaguar Land Rover what they put in – and the business always gives you the flexibility and support you need to go that extra mile.’

Autonomous, People

I have been a Scrum Master for almost 5 years now, and this was the kind of challenge I was looking forward to

‘I was hired for Jaguar Land Rover as the first Scrum Master in the Hungarian office, which was an opportunity I could not pass on. To see how an agile transformation takes place from the beginning is an experience that every Scrum Master would be happy to have. I have learned a lot about change management, how an organisational restructuring is managed both bottom-up and top-down, and I’ve had the opportunity to work together with consultants and senior agile coaches who have had a great impact on how I can do my everyday work even better. I have been a Scrum Master for almost 5 years now, and this was the kind of challenge I was looking forward to with regard to my own professional growth.


I work in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems department. Being at the centre of what I see as the future of the automotive industry is something I never thought I would have the chance to see or work with. I think we really make a change here with our products and our work.


As a Scrum Master, my main work is to enable the team to do their work at the best possible level, with the least possible hardships. My work helps them to do their jobs with more structure and safety, and with this, we can contribute to even better-quality delivery. I chose this job because I believe there are great things in the making at Jaguar Land Rover with the agile transformation that we are in. To be the first Scrum Master involved in it from Hungary gives me a chance to help shape the working environment the company is going to follow in the next period of its existence. I feel like I have the chance to create here something meaningful that will help us work better in the long run.’

Design, Featured

I never thought I’d be doing what I’m doing now; creating full size models from 2D sketches

‘I’ve always thought about things differently; analysing and improving with an artistic approach, so going into the creative industry was a natural career path. The first time I came across clay modelling, I was totally engrossed, and it was the first time I truly enjoyed working. I zone out and time stands still when I clay model, it’s a unique feeling!

Jaguar Land Rover has had a massive impact on my career.  I’m grateful to my manager for allowing me to show the world what I can do. I’ve led projects shown to board members and had one exhibited in the V&A Dundee design museum. I never thought I’d be doing what I’m doing now; creating full size models from 2D sketches. Each time you reach your deadline, either on your own or most likely with a team, is a great feeling.

A career highlight for me was appearing on Amazon in a documentary about Jaguar Land Rover being the first OEM to create an electric car –  I never thought that would be me! I’m very fortunate to be working in such a niche market, do something I love and have people appreciate my work.   

In the creative industry, it’s important to have the freedom and space to do what you love doing; restrictions and boundaries limit creativity. We constantly want to push boundaries and look towards the future. Having a real family-feel to the culture in design, allows people to truly be themselves and really add value to the business.’