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.

Engineering, Home Page, People, Software, Technology

There is an amazing chemistry in the team here. Whatever level you are at – everyone has their say.

‘When I joined the team here it felt like I was joining an exciting start up within the tech industry and my journey so far has not disappointed. The company gives you real autonomy to come up with your own ideas. We have a Customer First Approach – we want to do what’s right for them so we get the opportunity to share ideas and make technical decisions that will move the business forward and build quality software for our customers. Its agile transformation in action.

We have a huge array of talent in the team, and this allows us to tap into everyone’s experience, explore ideas and bring them to life.

Lockdown hasn’t had any impact on our collaboration and work. We have all had daily contact and the business encourages Pair Programming so that no one is working in silo. Being relatively new and joining in the middle of the pandemic, this has really helped me. With the support of colleagues, I was able to familiarise myself with systems immediately and was writing code on my second day.

Everyone in the company made me feel really welcome, having conversations with our chief engineer, head of software development and my line manager within my first week enabled me to fully understand the vision of Jaguar Land Rover Manchester and allowed me to provide ideas and support to help achieve this and raise any queries or concerns I had. This is an ongoing process which happens regularly, the senior leaders are extremely supportive and are always looking at better ways of working – so ideas for improvement are listened to and taken on board.

There is an amazing chemistry in the team here. Whatever level you are at – everyone has their say.’

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.’

Home Page, Software, Technology, Top Story

You rarely get a chance to be part of something truly transformative. It’s what drives our teams and me.

‘ Since setting up the Manchester Hub over 2 ½ years ago, we have really led the way in cloud-based Software Development and DevOps in the industry and within Jaguar Land Rover. Attracting the most passionate and capable talent to our team while building an excellent reputation in Manchester and beyond.

Our aim has always been to become a world recognised leader in DevOps & Engineering.  We embrace and believe in DevOps principles to deliver our digital products. We work on innovative, challenging projects whilst being part of a fun and sociable team.  There are only a few places across the globe where you can work with the kind of tech we are involved in and in the ways we work.

Investing in our people has always been hugely important to us. We believe in supporting progression in our group and not at the expense of losing touch with code. Working in the office on one day or from home the next – we give everyone the flexibility to work in an environment that suits them.

It’s really important that our teams understand their impact on the broader industry and society. The work we are doing is helping to transform the industry to be greener and deliver a shift in mobility as a whole. You rarely get a chance to be part of something truly transformative. It’s what drives our teams and me.’

We have some amazing opportunities to join our team in Manchester – search our Find a Job tab for more details.

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’.

Join us and you’ll be working alongside – and learning from – recognised digital leaders.