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Jaguar Land Rover stands out by providing undergraduates and graduates, like myself, with many opportunities.

Charlotte joined Jaguar Land Rover as a Product Engineering undergraduate 5 months ago. She is also an integral part of the ECI (Early Careers Innovations) committee where she presents / organises many Early Careers events. Charlotte passionately talked about her life at Jaguar Land Rover as an undergraduate, and she is looking forward to developing her career with Jaguar Land Rover for many years to come.  

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Q: What position did you start in and what is your position now? Please describe your current responsibilities. 

I started as a software developer, mainly developing the front-end of the PIVI web apps. I spent 4 months in that role, and now I have just started the UX designer role, designing the Jaguar Land Rover mobile app. As I am on an industrial placement, I have the opportunity to rotate around different positions in the business every few months, to get a taste for all the roles which I’m interested in trying.

Q: Are you involved in any other projects / networks? If so, please describe what they are and what your contributions are. 

I am a part of the ECI (Early Careers Innovations) committee, where I present and organise guest speakers to present to the Early Careers employees, about current innovations occurring across various departments.

Q: What do you like about working here?

I like the opportunity I am given, as an undergraduate, to try out various departments which I am interested in, rather than just working in the same role for the whole placement. It allows me to try new things which I may have not considered before. I have been surprised at how much I enjoyed the roles which I didn’t initially sign up to.

Q: What are your career aspirations? Do you feel that you get the necessary support from your management / department to help achieve your learning & development goal? 

I aspire to progress in a technology-related role; I’m not entirely sure what job specifically yet, as I’m still trying out many roles in my placement. I am hoping to be offered a gradate job at the end of my industrial placement, and then be offered a permanent job with the company, post-grad.

Q: Describe your team / department, and what makes it stand out from our competition? 

Jaguar Land Rover stands out by providing undergraduates/graduates, like myself, with many opportunities. They offer exciting business trips, where you can visit the different sites and explore your work in action in our vehicles. They also give you the opportunity to try out various roles in the company and allow you to find out which role you enjoy/suits you the best.

Q: Tell us some interesting facts about yourself.

  • I really enjoy hiking in the UK’s national parks; I completed the DofE Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
  • Soon, I want to travel Europe and in particular explore Iceland and the Switzerland mountains.
  • My favourite season of the year is summer and I’m not a fan of winter.

Q: What hints and tips can you share with the potential candidates who are going through the application / interview process? 

Find out a lot about the company and the current goals Jaguar Land Rover is working towards. Not only will it give you better knowledge of the company which you are hoping to work for, it may also give you a better idea of what areas of the business you’re more interested in working in. For example, when I was applying to the company, I realised that I was very interested in PIVI. I mentioned that I was particularly interested in this in the interview, and to my surprise, I was offered a job as a software developer in the PIVI team.

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“A true blameless and collaborative culture.”

Unintentionally, we picked the best date to interview Dominic. It was his one-year work anniversary with Jaguar Land Rover. What a perfect opportunity to invite him to share his ‘Life at Jaguar Land Rover’ and what it’s like to be part of the high-tech Software Development team in Manchester.

Q: Tell me about Jaguar Land Rover Manchester

“Jaguar Land Rover’s new high-tech Software Development Centre in Manchester is working alongside, and in collaboration with our Gaydon Pioneering Hub to integrate connected technologies in our next generation vehicles, and to create premium, customer experiences.

Home to Software, Digital and Engineering teams, the hub is focused on developing mobile apps and our data analytics capabilities. The teams here have significantly expanded over recent years and will continue to grow as part of the Jaguar Land Rover Reimagine strategy.”

Q: How long have you been with Jaguar Land Rover and what are you responsible for?

“It is my one-year anniversary today actually (18th of October 2022), I am the Principal Quality Lead for the Software Engineers in Test. Traditionally, testing and quality happened much later in the delivery process. But with the new agile way of working, quality underpins everything that we do and everyone gets involved much earlier in the process, and we’ve formed a true blameless and collaborative culture.”

Q: Walk me through your onboarding experience here in Manchester?

“As soon as candidates accept the offer, we add them to a Slack channel so they can introduce themselves and ask any questions, plus see FAQs from other starters. Whilst we know that there is a lot to take in and learn when you start a new role, we try to combat that by giving someone a buddy, who isn’t their line manager, giving them support in the first few weeks and also ensure that they feel that they are getting a more personal, candid onboarding experience. We also have a checklist for people to follow so there is structure, and we also have team ReadMes so people can share info about themselves and learn about other people whilst working remotely.”

Q: Why do people love working here?

“Our modern office is situated at the heart of Manchester city centre, it offers flexible workspaces and promotes employee wellbeing, we also have an onsite gym, and bike parking facility.

More importantly, we have a flat, open and innovative culture. The team are encouraged to self-develop through 20% time (one day a week training), which is usually on Fridays. It gives the chance to drive their own learning or pair with other people to build things for the department. We also have Communities of Practice for each of our different specialisms that anyone can join if they have an interest in that area.

For me, I love the fact we have the opportunity to start building something from scratch. We are often being pushed out of our comfort zone, it excites me to know we have the autonomy and opportunity to create something with longevity and we can bring people with us on the journey.

The hybrid working arrangements are important for us because it allows people to work in a way that makes them most comfortable. It also means that we can work with the best people across the country.”

Q: What do you do when you are not testing software?

“Outside of work, I am a sports nut. I will watch anything competitive (which my wife hates), but in terms of doing then it’s mainly football, running and cycling. I recently did the World Triathlon Series in Leeds and Munich 10km. There is an emphasis on Wellbeing in Manchester with there being weekly 5-a-side and a number of people that enjoying running and cycling.”

Q: What are the top tips you could offer to someone who is currently applying for tech roles

“You might not know exactly what you want to be doing now, it is quite alright, we have all been there. Jaguar Land Rover offers great development and learning opportunities which would enable you to open many doors to future careers. In terms of tech space, well it is an integral part of the business, it underpins everything we do, you don’t have to be tech wizard to get into the industry. Take a look at our careers website and let’s chat.”

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