Analytics, Featured, Graduate, Home Page, People, Software

Jaguar Land Rover has already had a major impact on my career.

‘The idea that we are surrounded by large amounts of data that can be used to improve our decision making process in all business domains was very exciting- so I decided to pursue a career in Analytics.

Learning about Jaguar Land Rover’s Analytics team I was certain that this would be a place where I could learn from excellent individuals, get training and exposure to exciting projects.

When starting the graduate scheme, the initial training introduced me to the basics of data engineering, data science and data visualisation. Going into the first project I was able to put my learnings into practice: building data pipelines, creating visualisations, and presenting to senior stakeholders.

During my time at Jaguar Land Rover I have also been given the opportunity to support the initial start-up stages of the Data Office, creating content and resources for the enterprise roll out of Tableau. Being involved in such an impactful initiative at the early stages, has been a valuable experience. I am now starting my second rotation within the team, diving into the Data Engineering world.

In Jaguar Land Rover I feel that I am able to contribute and given the opportunity to express and implement my ideas, while learning from an awesome team!’

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Graduate, Home Page, Research, Software, Technology

I have been able to see the impact of data and how it can be used to solve business problems and generate real business value.

‘Jaguar Land Rover has had a profound impact on shaping my career, as I joined on the Analytics graduate scheme directly after completing university. Before joining I wasn’t sure what a career in analytics would consist of, but at the start of the graduate scheme I had 6 weeks of training to familiarise myself with the different analytics tools and technologies (including Tableau, Google BigQuery, Python and even a bit of Excel). I was also taught some basic data science and data engineering.

As soon as I finished training I was thrown into the deep-end, working on key projects, which helped me develop my skills really quickly. I’ve been here for almost 4 years now, and I’ve learnt a lot. I have been able to see the impact of data and how it can be used to solve business problems and generate real business value. I’ve worked on a bunch of different projects and have seen deliverables deployed and used by the business, which has been great.  Everyone in the team is really friendly, and I’ve been able to ask senior management for advice on how to approach difficult situations. I am now working as a Senior Analytics Developer which has a good mix of technical and business facing opportunities.

What’s important to me about my work here? It’s challenging and I have the opportunity to continuously learn. I’m trusted by management to work autonomously and given real responsibility. (e.g. presenting my work to very senior stakeholders including Board of Management members) and – lastly – I work in a dynamic team, with everyone being encouraged to challenge and speak up on how they think we should approach a problem or project.’

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’.

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Electrified, Graduate, People, Undergraduate

Graduate Electric Racing Team

After a very successful season last year and with over 100 cars attending this race, the pressure was on but the team certainly delivered in true Driven Style. Their lead car, named Zev, continued to set the pace taking the chequered flag with a huge 2.5 minute gap to the second place car.

The Driven team is made up of graduates, undergraduates and apprentices. It has been running for the last 10 years and in that time each team has designed, built and raced their own electric race car. This season they are racing two cars, ZeV and D-17, that run off a 24V DC motor powered by two 12V batteries and are built completely from scratch by the team.

The series is run by the Greenpower Education Trust, which is backed by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). The organisation predominantly works to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through a challenge to design build and race an electric car.

DFT, Early Careers, Graduate, People, Software

Louise McKeown – Graduate Software Developer

What did you study in college?

Software development.

With this programme, are you now working in your desired industry?

Yes, I am working as a software developer on the cybersecurity team in Jaguar Land Rover.

What drew you to Jaguar Land Rover when you were seeking work as a graduate?

What mainly drew me to Jaguar Land Rover were the prospects and opportunities that would be open to me. I had heard about the work they were doing and it seemed exciting and interesting and something I wanted to be part of.

What expectations did you have before you began the programme?

I expected that I would gain good experience and skills through the programme, which would enable me to become more confident and be capable of contributing to my team.

What duties and responsibilities were you given initially?

Initially, I spent the first few weeks reading documentation and setting up any software and tools I would need. I was also brought up to speed on the projects that were been carried out by my team and that I would soon be working on.

I then began with small tasks that helped me get used to the environment I would be working with.

Did the scope of your work change as the programme progressed?

As you gain experience and become more confident in your role, the work does change. You are given more difficult tasks and more responsibility to work on your own initiative.

Can you describe a typical day in your role?

A typical day begins with checking emails, followed by our daily stand-up meeting where we discuss the tasks that have been completed the previous day and what we will be working on for the day.

The rest of the day is spent working at my desk developing and testing any code that I have written, and carrying out any other tasks assigned to me. I also attend any meetings I may have.

How do your responsibilities compare to more experienced employees’?

As expected, more experienced employees have a greater level of responsibility and workload than graduates. They are also tasked with answering questions graduates may have and providing guidance and training.

Do you feel more prepared for working life after completing this programme?

Yes, I am more confident in my skills and feel I have gained the relevant knowledge I need to continue to learn and progress and grow my career.

Why should someone apply to the graduate programme at Jaguar Land Rover?

There are many opportunities available for graduates at Jaguar Land Rover. There is a variety of different teams and roles available to suit a variety of skills.

The work is interesting and changes from day to day. As the company is growing, there are also many experienced developers that you can learn and gain knowledge from.