Electrified, Home Page, People, Responsible Business, Technology

Delivering tangible and accessible solutions to a global customer base is extremely rewarding.

‘I’ve been extremely fortunate over the past 17½ years here to have experienced a wide variety of roles and responsibilities – this is one of the benefits of working in a large and diverse organisation as it affords you opportunities to learn a broad spectrum of skills which all shape you and your career.  We may not always know where our strengths lie until we are challenged in new ways – which means your career path can take unexpected turns as you, the business and the global environment evolve.  However, I have felt in control and supported in all my key career decisions to date through open discussions with line managers, mentors and colleagues.’

Certainly, going back to the start of my career I could never have foreseen where I am now – leading the Power Electronics team – responsible for traction inverters, control SW and DCDC converters on all our electrified vehicles.  As electrification is now at the heart of all our products going forwards, the team is growing, skills and experience to deliver world class products and support the migration to an electrified future.  Having started out visualising fuel injector spray patterns at Ford it’s a huge leap in a relatively short period of time!

As part of the electrified propulsion system team, we have a significant part to play in positively impacting society and the environment.  One of the main concerns as people migrate to electric propulsion is “range anxiety” – not having enough energy to complete a journey.  Our part in this is to produce the most efficient power conversion systems available so that as much of the stored battery energy is converted to forward propulsion as possible and we make our vehicles go even further on a single charge.  This includes adaptive software strategies, the latest power electronics technologies, and the most efficient packaging solutions to produce the optimum drive system.

First and foremost, work must excite you – and delivering tangible and accessible solutions to a global customer base is extremely rewarding.  The challenges we face are always changing so you are always learning – not just about the subjects you are working on, but also with the approaches taken to resolve the issues and deliver the solutions.  Above all else though, it’s working with new talent coming into the department/company and seeing them grow and develop.  While I still get a feeling of immense pride seeing our products driving around – especially the ones I’ve played a key part in delivering – what really matters is helping to shape the careers of those around me and seeing them progress in the company.’

To find out more about the opportunities in Electrification go to Find a Job on our careersite.

Culture and Values, Diversity & Inclusion, Home Page, People, Responsible Business

Pride was the first of our many networks to be set up within the business and getting involved in it has made me hugely passionate about my role in D & I.

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‘Our Network was set up as an informal group in 2017. I was originally involved in setting it up. It’s something I am extremely passionate about and felt it was something that the business was missing, and colleagues could benefit from.

When we started the group, we attended Student Pride and, in talking to other companies there, it became clear that as a business it would be something we could really make a difference in.

We soon formed a committee and had a launch event where over 150 colleagues attended. Over the years we have developed a Network that is made by employees for employees. We attend and support Birmingham Pride and celebrate important dates such as National Coming Out Day. The network has become an integral part of the business which is a real testimony to its importance. We are also Stonewall Diversity Members which has allowed us as a business, to become more inclusive for LGBTQ+ colleagues.

Pride was really the first of our many networks to be set up within the business and getting involved in it has made me hugely passionate about my role in D & I. All our networks help colleagues meet other people in the business that you otherwise may not get the opportunity to meet.

There are some super passionate people involved across the business and it’s amazing what you can achieve with a small group of likeminded colleagues.

Working from home during lockdown has had its challenges but we have kept our networks together with virtual events such as Lunch & Learns – which are open to the whole business, and we encourage Allyship so that anyone can join any network and find out more.’

Diversity & Inclusion, Home Page, People, Responsible Business

Introducing our new employee network – Care for Carers

‘Any employee who is a carer – whether paid or unpaid – can join the network. Our vision for the Care for Carers Network is to provide a network of support, advice and information to and for Carers. CfC will work to enable Carers to have an outlet to obtain guidance and enable them to value their own feelings and needs as well as the feelings and needs of the person they care for.

Many people are unaware of what support is out there for carers. This network signposts them not only to the internal support process but also what external help there is such as Carers UK. The end goal is to get Jaguar Land Rover involved with the Carers Rights Day which is held every year across the UK and hold events where carers from across the business can come together and discuss the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them.

I am an unpaid Carer for my husband. The business has really supported me – with my manager and senior manager being flexible, allowing me to work from home but also giving me a listening ear when I was at work.’

Culture and Values, Responsible Business, Who We Are

Meet Talibah Coffield

My name is Talibah Coffield and I am the founder and chair of the Jaguar Land Rover Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) network.

Our vision for the network is to empower ethnic diversity within Jaguar Land Rover. Championing diversity we will strengthen innovation, win the war for talent, encourage a diverse senior management structure and enhance customer brand perception.

The automotive industry is going through one of the largest periods of transformation we have ever seen. Therefore it is vital Jaguar Land Rover has diversity of thought in its organisation to ensure that we continue to create revolutionary products, which will create experiences our customers love for life.

Jaguar Land Rover signing the Race at Work Charter is a significant milestone for many reasons.

We are the first car company to be featured on the list again highlighting how Jaguar Land Rover continue to be pioneers in the automotive industry.

It also shows our customers that diversity and inclusion is important to us as a brand.

But most of it all it is a commitment to our employees. It demonstrates that JLR know that racial equality in the work place is imperative. The Race at Work Charter consists of 5 principles and enables our organisation to make practical actions that will drive positive change.We are only at the start of the journey but initiatives like the BAME network and JLR signing the Race at Work Charter are all fundamental steps in guaranteeing the growth of success of Jaguar Land Rover.

Culture and Values, Responsible Business, Who We Are

SOLIHULL VOLUNTEERS GROW FRESH FRUIT AND VEG TO HELP THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

The opening of the new allotment is the latest community project supported by the Lode Lane factory, which aims to provide fresh produce for people in need of food who live in the Solihull and Birmingham area.

The team is working alongside Gro-Organic, who create green spaces to provide social and economic opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged people in the region, to help make a real difference in the community.

A team of volunteers overhauled the plot last winter, by clearing overgrowth, installing a polytunnel and raised beds in preparation for its first full year harvest.

The allotment will grow a range of fruit and vegetables including runner beans and raspberries, with the produce accompanying advice and recipes in seasonal food boxes. These will be distributed through a number of food banks, including – the Real Junk Food Project, Free Food Friday and the Incredible Edible Network.

There is also a hand-built earth oven at the allotment, where beneficiaries can enjoy the produce as soon as it is picked.

Dave Owen, Solihull’s Operations Director, said he was saddened to read that more than 100,000 children in Birmingham live in food poverty, adding:

“When the opportunity came to expand our partnership with Gro-Organic and create a community allotment, I knew the whole team would want to support it.

“This project provides an ideal opportunity to support the education, health and wellbeing of our workforce, while providing enough fresh, seasonal produce for 400 meals in its first year.”

This new allotment will also bring a wealth of wellbeing and education opportunities with it. A new work experience programme call ‘Moat-ivation’, aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds, will help improve their employability prospects and allow participants to gain a qualification in horticulture and landscaping.