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.

Diversity & Inclusion, Powertrain

‘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.

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We have a strong Diversity & Inclusion culture here

‘During the 11th year of my Software Engineering career working in Healthcare domain, I took the most difficult decision in my life – to apply abroad for Software Engineer roles. My husband motivated me to do so, while I was thinking of switching jobs.

On February 2019, we moved to Ireland with our child, and I started my role as a Senior Software Developer at Jaguar Land Rover. This was a huge transition, with everything being so new – but we settled well.

One of the best things working here in Jaguar Land Rover,  Shannon is that we are a relatively small and diverse group of people – from so many diverse cultures and countries. You can be part of a project team of six people from five continents – it’s amazing. I feel the company provides us with a very non – hierarchical organization structure – with a culture that has made me become a more confident person. Everyone has a voice here, I truly feel.

I am part of the Onboard Software Development Team. I currently work for Vehicle Analytics project. We have the opportunity to work on Jaguar Land Rover’s next generation vehicle software platform development. It’s very satisfying to see the code we develop gets deployed onto our premium vehicles – it’s always a proud moment for me.

We have a strong Diversity & Inclusion culture here. This year I joined as a committee member in She++ community – which is  Shannon’s in-house community that supports women in Jaguar Land Rover, Shannon. She++ community has women in Shannon and their allies as members. As part of She++ community activities, I was fortunate enough to participate as a panelist in a She++ panel discussion and get involved in various other programmes organized by She++ community. She++ community activities really resonates with my passion to contribute back to the community – especially to inspire girls to consider a career in technology and engineering.

One final thing that has impressed me about the company culture is the support from the business and how valued it makes you feel. The past two years have been difficult for everyone with the pandemic – but our managers have always made sure our work life balance and wellbeing have been looked after.’

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Women in Tech Mentoring Project

All three women are currently reskilling, have completed their nine month software development training course and are now on internship for three months within Jaguar Land Rover, Shannon.

Fiona Gilchrist, (R&D Strategy Lead, Commercial Team), Ritu Johnstone (Project Manager/AGILE RTE), Arifa Khan (Senior Software Developer – Technical Lead), Tanya Flood (Senior Software Developer) and Madhuvanthi Nirmalnath (Software Developer) are participating in the Mentoring programme and are giving their free time to mentor women who have taken a break from their career and the workplace – and are now looking to reskill in tech.

Throughout the project, mentees are given access to key engineers within Jaguar Land Rover who are continuously sharing knowledge on coding skills, products and process that are critical to software engineering and the AGILE way of working. The skills that are being shared with the mentees are critical to working in the Tech and Automotive industry.

The mentees are also being guided on how to prepare for interviews and have been given a non-confidential overview of how software engineering is being used in JLRs products and processes. Garrett Colins, Engineering Manager from the VDC team and Padraig Jones (Software Engineering Manager) have also given up their time to demonstrate the latter. Karen O’Halloran recently provided an overview of the Jaguar Land Rover Graduate programme.

Fiona Gilchrist is hosting the mentees on the project on daily basis and organised for the mentors within Shannon to give up their valuable time to supporting technical aspects and soft skills. The mentees have access to office space on a weekly basis and key engineering personnel which is key to advancing their skills and knowledge for career progression within the Tech Industry.

All of the mentors agree that “this is a fantastic way to give back and, personally, learn different aspects of mentoring”. The project is a huge learning curve for the mentees and really helps build their confidence after such a lengthy career break – as it can be quite overwhelming to go back into the workplace.

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There are so many opportunities to learn in all aspects of engineering

‘My degree apprenticeship has been both varied and exciting. I have worked in so many areas of engineering here – including AVA (Associative Vehicle Architecture), climate control systems, the quality team, and the Advanced Product Creation Team – creating tech packages for our vehicles.

I finally spent a couple of years in the Climate Thermal Fluids team – looking at how we are getting cabin cooling & heating systems into our products – and now my degree is finalised I have signed a contract to become a Climate Thermal Fluids Systems Engineer.

I’ve enjoyed so many different aspects of the programme. I was recently involved in some test and development work and travelled to Italy to test the cabin & battery cooling performance – and this year I’m off to Sweden to assess the cabin heating performance. I work a lot in a climatic wind tunnel where we replicate different environments but it’s great to go to a country and test in real customer conditions.

The highlights of my degree apprenticeship? I have seen so many different parts of the business and experienced the massive variety of engineering projects that Jaguar Land Rover are involved in.

The challenges? I would say it can be tricky balancing studying for a degree with a full-time job – as you have a similar workload to other engineers in business. But I am so glad I did a degree apprenticeship- there are so many opportunities to learn and grow in all aspects of engineering. It’s phenomenal.’

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