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I get to work in one of the most exciting fields of engineering in the world today

‘Since I joined three years ago, Jaguar Land Rover Shannon has grown massively. Originally, we were a team of fifty – now we have over three hundred colleagues and are an integral part of the global business. Shannon is the Software Centre of Excellence and central to the success of what we do.

The culture here is very non-hierarchical – here it’s all about agile working – which gives everyone working here the opportunity for huge personal growth. You can experience and be involved in projects and innovations you may not be able to in other tech companies. Agility is key to keeping us ahead of the game.

Autonomy is also a huge part of the role here. We can achieve our own destiny – our agile process allows is to write and create what we believe is right and deliver it– rather than being told to work in a certain way. This agile mentality is evolving globally and working with teams in the UK (United Kingdom), Hungary, India, and the US (United States), we can deliver unprecedented expertise on our projects.

Another real benefit of the Shannon office is our sports and social events. We try and get together at least once a month – and every morning I have a 10 min informal call with my team to discuss anything but work. In this new remote working world, it has really allowed colleagues to understand and appreciate each other’s lives that bit more.

With the Hybrid model of working, we are in the office a max of 2 days a week. With this model in place, people have moved to other parts of Ireland such as Cork and Dublin – commuting in when they need to. The work life balance is valued a lot in Jaguar Land Rover.

The culture here is amazing – and something I haven’t experienced in other companies. I feel valued and comfortable in my role – and I’m given the freedom to learn and deliver projects that I am passionate about. The environment here is special and makes an enormous difference every day to my role.

And on top of it all I get to work in one of the most exciting fields of engineering in the world today, Autonomous Vehicles. A dream that has been with humanity for decades and I am doing it, I regularly find myself being grateful.

In the three years of working for Jaguar Land Rover, I have not lost any enthusiasm for the work we do. Infact, I find myself more excited to start new initiatives and change the future now than ever before.’

There are some amazing opportunities to join us in ADAS right now, discover the one for you here:

#LifeatJLR #ADAS #ReimagineYourFuture

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Our company vision sets a focus and a challenge for us all to be part of a bold and bright future

‘With 30+ years’ experience working in technology roles in Telecoms, Financial Services and Insurance, I joined Jaguar Land Rover because I felt that there was a good opportunity to use my skills in a new industry – and that my skills were transferrable to make a difference in my new role with the Enterprise Software Factory team in Shannon.

The team already have a high level of technical skills and are very fluent with best practices in Agile, not just in getting valuable work done, but being able to measure efficiency (i.e.) Flow in getting valuable work done.

Our team enables Agile product teams to be successful in adopting DevOps and DevSecOps practices which is key to how Jaguar Land Rover will be successful in delivering software features in Electrical Vehicles to customers.

I’ve always worked in multinational companies and it’s a familiar journey for me, building great working relationships with talented engineers from Portland, USA and in the UK.

I’ve always appreciated the history of the companies I’ve worked in and have been in stimulating and challenging roles. With Jaguar Land Rover it’s at another level, as the vehicles themselves are such cultural touchstones. With that strong tradition and culture also comes a bold vision called Reimagine, which sets a focus and a challenge for us all to be part of a bold and bright future.

I still have a lot to learn about the business, and it’s exciting to feel that I’m part of building that bold and bright future for Jaguar Land Rover.’

There are some amazing opportunities to join us in Shannon . To find out more about our roles visit

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The inaugural Jaguar Land Rover GDD Hackathon

True to its name, it was indeed a global event with teams joining across all the GDD hubs in Gaydon, Manchester, Portland, Shannon, Hungary and India. The first stage of the competition kicked off with sourcing problem statements from all Jaguar Land Rover colleagues in May, and finally six problem statements were announced in June across the three domains – Electrical engineering, Power Electronics and Mechatronics.

Putting ourselves forward for the challenge

My teammates, Abhijith N Balan and Ronit Hire Jaisingh, and I are Software Engineers at Jaguar Land Rover India. We heard about the hackathon through word of mouth and decided to register for it. It would be our first hackathon since graduating from college two years ago and we were excited to get this chance to showcase our skills. With about a week to go for the registration deadline, we started having meetings to go through each problem statement in detail and choose the one that aligns with our vision the most. We found the HMI Navigation Testing problem statement intriguing and implementable in the near future in our cars. This was ideal since our prime goal was to help improve the customer experience we offer by solving real world technical problems. We also reckoned that it might have the most teams competing (which turned out to be correct), which was perfect since we were up for a challenge.

One of our last meetings leading up to the hackathon was to decide our team’s name for registration, which ran for over an hour (not our proudest moment) before we ended up finalizing “Chaotic Coyotes” (combined with our GitLab GraphRunner, a nod to the beloved childhood cartoon, the Road Runner). At the end of the meeting, we joked that this might be the longest meeting we have for the entire duration of the hackathon. If only we knew how wrong we were going to be!

The hackathon kicked off on 1st July at 12 noon BST

We realized that the deadline for the competition was the next day midnight for the UK, which was 4:30 am on a Saturday for us, far from ideal. At the start we felt our chances to complete in time looked bleak due to this fact. Nevertheless, we decided upon one thing – whenever one of us is working, he will join the teams meeting so that the others know about it. This probably turned out to be a game changer for us as over the next 36 hours we ended up with more than 25 hours of meetings! For our problem statement, we had to develop an algorithm that was capable of automating the HMI Validation of the car infotainment screen.

Given the home screen our algorithm had to ensure that we clicked on all buttons and visited all the available screens so that they can be tested, with two key factors deciding the quality of the solution – the efficiency and randomness. The algorithm needed to be efficient enough to not keep on repeatedly testing the same screens or buttons, and yet random enough to mimic the typical user’s behaviour where they might choose to visit certain screens more often than others. Balancing this trade-off would be crucial to developing an acceptable solution. I have my teammates to thank for coming up with ingenious approaches and a few clever workarounds which we stitched together and incorporated into one satisfactory solution.

The 36 hours of the hackathon for us were replete with all the clichés of a typical coding hackathon during our college days – sacrificing all sleep, forgetting meals sometimes, discovering a blunder less than an hour from the deadline and scrambling to correct it! Finally, at exactly 4:30 am on Saturday we submitted our solution and heaved a sigh of relief.

The presentation

After catching up on all the lost sleep over the weekend, we prepared for the next stage of the competition – the presentation. The judges had a lot of questions for us which we answered confidently and a few valuable inputs too which could add to our algorithm. We felt good about our chances after the presentation, but were mindful of the other teams too who undoubtedly would have brilliant solutions of their own. Before the results were declared we even got the chance to view the work done by all the other teams, and we found some strong contenders among those with quite efficient approaches.


We were delighted to learn that our team was announced the winner, and excited when we were told about what lied ahead. Our implementation had impressed the judges and post the hackathon we have been working on bettering it and pitching to the senior management. We received quite positive feedback for our solution from the Chief Engineer (Software Validation & Integration) at Jaguar Land Rover and his team.

Recently, we also pitched our solution to the Elec & Systems Engineering Director who reviewed all the winning entries from the hackathon. In the next few weeks, we will be working on integrating our algorithm with the current testing strategy by the validation team for a PoC. All in all, it was an exhilarating experience for us. It was a commendable effort by the organizing committee to set this up from scratch and we hope to see our project come to fruition in our cars soon!

Siddharth Brahmbhatt, Software Engineer – ADAS

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The journey we are on is evolving and engineers will constantly learn with us.

‘As we strive to be the Software Centre of Excellence this is a really exciting time to join us. Working in exciting areas such as Embedded Software, Data Science, AI, Machine Learning, Cyber-Security, Dev Ops, Validation, etc. developing through an Agile operating model – it really is all about Software in Shannon. We are constantly developing key products evolving the architecture of our vehicles and maximising the use of data – by adding new features and customer experiences. ADAS is another huge area of focus for us – and the software we develop together with our partners, binds together everything we are creating.

Our R & D workshop is where the exciting vehicle integration happens. We develop software that we embed into our vehicles and test – it’s such a strong proposition for our engineers to be able to experience this. Our leading-edge technology is fundamentally changing the industry in the coolest way and being able to work on our latest vehicles is vitally important us– everyone here feels a sense of ownership and are aware of where we are taking our brand.

The journey we are on is changing and evolving and engineers will constantly learn with us. Our focus is on technology and being a premium brand. A complete revolution of the industry is happening – and using the latest and greatest tech we are challenging our teams to create new features, do something different and innovate.’

This is your opportunity to play your part and #ReimagineYourFuture. To find out more visit ‘Find a job’ on our careersite.

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Using ‘Smart Wallet’ technology, owners earn credits by enabling their cars to automatically report useful road condition data such as traffic congestion or potholes to navigation providers or local authorities. Drivers could then redeem these for rewards such as coffee, or conveniently use them to automatically pay tolls, parking fees and for smart charging electric vehicles. ‘Smart Wallet’ removes the need for drivers to hunt for loose change or sign up to multiple accounts to pay for a variety of everyday services.

‘Smart Wallet’ uses the latest cryptocurrency technology and Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with the IOTA Foundation to harness ‘distributed ledger’ technologies to make and receive these payments.

The advanced connected technology is being trialled at the new Jaguar Land Rover software engineering base in Shannon, Republic of Ireland, where engineers have already equipped several vehicles, including the Jaguar F-PACE and Range Rover Velar, with ‘Smart Wallet’ functionality.

“The connected car technologies we are developing will be transformative and truly turn your Jaguar or Land Rover into a third space, in addition to your home or office. In the future an autonomous car could drive itself to a charging station, recharge and pay, while its owner could choose to participate in the sharing economy – earning rewards from sharing useful data such as warning other cars of traffic jams.” Russell Vickers, Jaguar Land Rover Software Architect