I am a graduate engineer within the Seating team in Product Engineering and our team’s goal is to design & engineer the most comfortable & technologically advanced seats in the industry whilst also ensuring the safety of our customer. Our team nurtures a culture of sharing ideas and learning from one another as we handle a range of engineering projects that require a diverse skillset. I am inspired by the engineering brilliance behind our products and am delighted to be a part of that team now! Meeting Barbara, one of the directors at JLR, and hearing about her experiences was inspiring and has been the highlight of my month. I am motivated by the confidence that my team has shown by trusting me with a project that gives me the opportunity to utilise my technical skills and develop a unique solution.
It’s an exciting time to be here as we are developing the most technically advanced cars yet. There is lots to learn and I look forward to seeing myself grow in the business and deliver on JLR’s vision of sustainable & modern luxury.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
‘Pursuing a career in analytics has always been an aspiration of mine because I believe that data-driven decision making is key to providing value to your business.
I knew the Jaguar Land Rover People Analytics graduate scheme would be a perfect fit for me because the team’s mission is to drive business value, decision-making and insights from data.
The first 6 weeks of the graduate scheme involved training that introduced me to the basics of data science, data engineering, data visualisation and stakeholder management – this training has been beneficial to my learning and development. It has helped me to build upon my existing knowledge and enabled me to become confident in presenting to senior stakeholders. During such a short space of time, I can already see an improvement in my technical skills, and I am excited to continue developing my skills throughout my career at Jaguar Land Rover.
Being a part of the People Analytics team is exciting because I will be part of a newly formed team that is leading a change in HR. The people analytics team are aiming to develop a culture in HR of data-based decision-making by moving from instinct based people decisions towards the use of analytical dashboards and predictive modelling by business and HR leaders.
At Jaguar Land Rover I feel that my contributions are valued, and I am able to express my thoughts and ideas openly. My mentor and manager continue to encourage my professional development and learning and having this level of support is a great indication that I am in the right environment to grow.’