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.

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.’

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

Autonomous, People

The road trip to Munich

Last week a team of Jaguar Land Rover engineers drove four of our vehicles from Gaydon to Munich to meet our new colleagues at NVIDIA. Although our partnership started over a year ago, and we have already achieved a lot in the remote working world, this was the first opportunity to get together face-to-face for a large project meeting.

We drove to Munich for two reasons. Firstly, it gave our engineers the opportunity to test and review the technology in our vehicles en route and secondly, for us to show NVIDIA what we have developed to date and demonstrate our tech. And of course, for the NVIDIA team to do the same.

Together we are building a hugely important partnership where culture matters. We are working together to develop a relationship built on a common purpose – including respect, trust, and flexibility. We aim to work hard together and have fun together.

This trip demonstrated the synergies we already have in cultures and the diversity of our colleagues. Three days spent together in face-to-face meetings proved to be vitally important. It allowed us to connect well, form friendships and highlighted the power of collaboration. Colleagues from across the globe, who couldn’t be with us, dialled in – so everyone got the opportunity to access where we are and how we want to progress together.

The team came away knowing this is going to be an exciting and impressive partnership where an agile mentality, in which we work together closely and are technically aligned, is key to our success. We’re already looking forward to the next meet up in June. To play your part in our exciting future, please visit: https://bit.ly/3q8mYrO



 


 

Apprentice, Business Area, Early Careers, Engineering, Home Page, People

I’m gaining a high level of experience – it really has been my dream job

‘My father, who is very business minded, encouraged me to apply for an Apprenticeship rather than just go to Uni. It felt like the right thing to so and I applied to Jaguar Land Rover.

From initial application through to the assessment day – the process was efficient. The induction to the company was outstanding – and it was quite surreal to see what the business is working on.

I’m halfway through my Apprenticeship and I’m gaining a high level of experience – it really has been my dream job. Its challenging work and the amount I am learning is amazing – but I’m proud of what I’m achieving.

One of the highlights of my time here has been meeting my team. My supervisor is incredibly supportive, and I feel trusted and respected by everyone. At times I forget I’m an Apprentice. My advice to anyone thinking of applying – be flexible and openminded. There are so many opportunities here if you’ve got the abilities and mindset to succeed.’

Discover more about what our Apprenticeship Programmes can offer you: http://ow.ly/eu7w50HBemo

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