Graduate, People, Powertrain

‘Powertrain has evolved from being all about engines – today there is an emphasis on Batteries and Electric Drive Units (EDUs).’

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.

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.

People, Powertrain

I strongly believe that I am playing a key role in the technology revolution and that my everyday objectives are leaving a positive impact on society.

‘Being a woman in science has never been intimidating for me, but I felt that my full professional potential was reached when I joined Jaguar Land Rover as a Lead Cell Engineer. I strongly believe that I am playing a key role in the technology revolution and that my everyday objectives are leaving a positive impact on society. In addition to that, my team is currently led by a woman, a Senior Technical Specialist, giving me confidence about the accessibility of impact roles and highlighting the strong inclusion culture within Jaguar Land Rover.  

During my PhD I had the opportunity of submitting a patent and therefore developing an “applied solution approach”, however, before joining Jaguar Land Rover, I did not believe that my skills could apply to “real world” topics. My background is focused on analytical electrochemistry and materials characterisation and my previous working experiences are academic. Today, all the knowledge that I gathered on the process’s optimization is invested in the development of electrochemical cells for current and next-generation batteries. In addition to that, I also look after the partnerships between JLR, the Catapult network or the Faraday Institution as durable and strong collaborations with Academia are seen as a key component of the future JLR strategy.

I joined the business at the time when the Reimagine strategy was being rolled outputting sustainability at the centre of every activity. It feels like playing a role in a technology revolution, contributing to the acceleration of the de-carbonisation of our fleet and promoting the circular economy. Purchasing “greener” products is a very important pillar for our current customers as the business is capable of associating the comfort of luxury with a positive environmental impact shaping the automotive landscape of future generations. 

There are several aspects which make me think that Jaguar Land Rover is “the place to be”. Being a lead engineer means that my everyday life is focused on delivering technical content on a variety of topics. My days are very diverse and the technical questions that I need to answer are stimulating. Secondly, every technical challenge is faced with the support and the collaboration of the whole team who is the perfect reflection of the diversity and inclusion culture here. My colleagues have an international background, and the working environment is extremely dynamic. Finally, delivering a product, while learning every day new skills and abilities is a unique opportunity for professional and personal growth.’

People

Being part of the network, championing diversity and making a difference is invaluable

‘In Global Purchasing, they encourage and celebrate recognition which is so important, and people are at the heart of the department. I have been fortunate to have received an award for going above and beyond in my role, this has definitely been a highlight for me. We also have the Pride of Purchasing awards, where employees are recognised and celebrated against the customer first principles. I was extremely proud to be nominated for these awards along with my incredible colleagues.

We have fantastic diversity and inclusion networks here at Jaguar Land Rover. There are eleven different networks you can get involved in and, there are always interesting events you can attend. I am a champion for the SHINE network which seeks to support those who identify as having a disability, long term condition, those that perform the role of carer and those that have an interest in wellbeing at work. Being part of the network, championing diversity and making a difference is invaluable.’

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.’