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Delivering tangible and accessible solutions to a global customer base is extremely rewarding.

‘I’ve been extremely fortunate over the past 17½ years here to have experienced a wide variety of roles and responsibilities – this is one of the benefits of working in a large and diverse organisation as it affords you opportunities to learn a broad spectrum of skills which all shape you and your career.  We may not always know where our strengths lie until we are challenged in new ways – which means your career path can take unexpected turns as you, the business and the global environment evolve.  However, I have felt in control and supported in all my key career decisions to date through open discussions with line managers, mentors and colleagues.’

Certainly, going back to the start of my career I could never have foreseen where I am now – leading the Power Electronics team – responsible for traction inverters, control SW and DCDC converters on all our electrified vehicles.  As electrification is now at the heart of all our products going forwards, the team is growing, skills and experience to deliver world class products and support the migration to an electrified future.  Having started out visualising fuel injector spray patterns at Ford it’s a huge leap in a relatively short period of time!

As part of the electrified propulsion system team, we have a significant part to play in positively impacting society and the environment.  One of the main concerns as people migrate to electric propulsion is “range anxiety” – not having enough energy to complete a journey.  Our part in this is to produce the most efficient power conversion systems available so that as much of the stored battery energy is converted to forward propulsion as possible and we make our vehicles go even further on a single charge.  This includes adaptive software strategies, the latest power electronics technologies, and the most efficient packaging solutions to produce the optimum drive system.

First and foremost, work must excite you – and delivering tangible and accessible solutions to a global customer base is extremely rewarding.  The challenges we face are always changing so you are always learning – not just about the subjects you are working on, but also with the approaches taken to resolve the issues and deliver the solutions.  Above all else though, it’s working with new talent coming into the department/company and seeing them grow and develop.  While I still get a feeling of immense pride seeing our products driving around – especially the ones I’ve played a key part in delivering – what really matters is helping to shape the careers of those around me and seeing them progress in the company.’

To find out more about the opportunities in Electrification go to Find a Job on our careersite.

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In my role, I am passionate about leaving an environmental and technical impact.

‘I joined Jaguar Land Rover as a Technical Specialist in Advanced Battery Engineering. It was key for me to build a diverse team who were dedicated and empowered to influence the company to be at the forefront of electrification. It was a big change stepping into a critical role but satisfied my personal purpose of having the opportunity to influence and make changes that affect the future and to be able to leave a positive impact on society.

My team is constantly expanding, encompassing a range of skillsets and experiences required to work in sync. It combines subject matter experts, specialising in techniques required for future technology. I have been given the chance to evolve and define my role and I have really grown into it. I am incredibly proud of what my team have accomplished so far and excited to see what we can achieve in the future.’

I am involved in all stages of the electrification projects, from cradle to grave. This involves influencing the electrification strategy, investigating battery cell scopes, to seeing the battery packs go into vehicles and assessing their end-of-life options. From a cell perspective I delivered the launch of the I-Pace whilst simultaneously working on next generation projects looking into 2030 possibilities. We translate scientific breakthroughs into commercial reality, generation of IP and train the future workforce. The focus is on emerging battery technology, to be truly innovative we need to focus on all areas not just automotive and create a path for the next wave of ecosystem opportunities.

The technology enabling Electric Vehicles to replace the ICE vehicles will have a positive impact on the environment. However, I think it is crucial that we look at the holistic picture of achieving net zero; zero emissions, being as sustainable as possible and leaving only a positive impact. Additionally, to breakdown ideals – and for luxury products to be associated with being green and environmentally friendly. Luxury should attest “green” as standard. The future landscape in the UK energy storage sector is about to change dramatically, in part due to the battery supply chain being developed here, we need the best technology here and now.

I am passionate about leaving an environmental and technical impact. Cutting edge technology should be associated with being green, luxury should be innocuous. Living an environmentally friendly, sustainable life should not mean simple.

It is important to me that my leadership empowers my team to be the best they can be their individual development progresses us as a team and a company. I believe diversity and inclusion are key factors for the success of a company. They allow the creation of a dynamic and innovative environment where people from all backgrounds feel comfortable and included and where all can realise their full potential, generating new ideas. This ultimately provides a competitive advantage.

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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

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Meet Our Pioneering Apprentices – Day 3 of 5

Simon FitzGerald is a Fifth Year Degree Apprentice in Electrical Engineering. Originally from an IT background, Simon is now an experienced member of our electrical team, and is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Warwick.

“For the past couple of years I have delivered the Interior Sensing Platform (ISP), ensuring high quality software delivery from suppliers, as well as making sure we have a robust plan to resolve technical issues. I planned the scope and delivery of upcoming software releases, analysing changes in requirements, resolving technical issues and tracking actions at a project level.”

“After leaving college I completed an IT apprenticeship and worked as an IT engineer for a few years. This served me well as it offered further learning opportunities and the prospect of real work with earning potential. Upon completing my IT apprenticeship, I soon felt I was lacking a challenge at work and began looking at future prospects including a new job role, university and higher apprenticeships.”

“The Jaguar Land Rover programme was absolutely the best option for me. I was excited to learn new skills that would be relevant to my career in engineering, whilst being challenged and rewarded for my efforts every day. Back then there wasn’t such a wide range of apprenticeships to choose from, so it’s been great to see the growth in popularity over the last five years.”

“What advice would I give to my younger self? ‘Go for it!’ In my experience, you will be rewarded for being pro-active in seeking out new opportunities and asking challenging questions both inside and outside the organisation. Initially I was more reluctant to speak up, particularly when dealing with suppliers. It was a daunting prospect to challenge engineers far more experienced than myself on what they were delivering. I was cautious about being seen as inexperienced, but the culture here really rewards that technical curiosity and drive. My professionalism and determination to improve our products has been met with incredible support and as a result I have achieved more than I ever thought possible.”

“What I love most about Jaguar Land Rover is the challenges that I face daily in this organisation. Every day is different, enabling me to develop and hone new skills in constructive and valuable ways.” 

Simon is on the Degree Apprentice programme. To find out more about the Advanced, Higher and Degree Apprentice programmes we currently offer at Jaguar Land Rover, check out our careers website.