From Purchasing and Manufacturing, to Engineering and Finance, our placements will give you the opportunity to work on real-life projects and gain invaluable, world-class experience. Take a look at what some of our current undergraduates on placement have to say about their experiences at Jaguar Land Rover.
Purchasing is a challenging and important part of our business. As a Buyer, you’ll be able to make valid contributions to major projects from the very beginning.
Supply Chain & Logistics is all about being in the right place, at the right time. You’ll have the opportunity to take ownership and build your own processes, ensuring our customers receive the premium experience they would expect from a world-class brand.
If you join us on a Marketing, Sales & Service placement, you’ll be working on exciting projects across multiple areas, where no two days will be the same. One afternoon you might be planning an induction event, the next you might be working together with our digital agencies, planning a new social media strategy.
If you join us on a Human Resources placement, you’ll have the chance to help us attract, retain and develop the best people, and ensure that everyone is working exceptionally together to drive our business forward.
Our Design placement is a blend of creativity and production. From minor details to entire rebuilds, you’ll get to work on projects where your imagination will know no limits.
A crucial part of our business and where all our ideas come to life. Join us on an Engineering placement and you’ll get to work with the latest technologies, enhance our existing vehicles and help us shape new ones.
Finance is an ever-evolving part of the business. If you join us on a placement here, you’ll be exposed to real-life situations and be given the responsibility to make decisions that can have an impact on the whole business.
If you join us on a Manufacturing placement, you’ll see your role develop quickly. From problem-solving and analysing data to process improvement, your engineering skills will be put to use from day one.
I spent my first couple of weeks shadowing senior buyers in the team on their projects to get a feel for what their day-to-day role consisted of. Now I am able to produce work that contributes to such projects, as well as leading my own.
My working hours are 8 to 4 each day but I am normally in the office around 7:45. I have a range of meetings both internal with colleagues and external with suppliers, but I still have enough time in the day to get my work done. The work I do is heavily project-based, and I’m expected to manage my own projects, so depending on how developed each project is, will depend on what is required of me. Personally, for me the office environment is welcoming and friendly but it’s also a professional place where you can focus if you need to.
Being a Construction Buyer, I have enjoyed working on the expansion and redevelopment of the Whitley site. This was very exciting as it is one of the largest procurement projects to happen at Whitley. I was asked to perform analysis work on tenders submitted by the contractors, and the evidence was used in the decision-making process when the main contractor was appointed. This was a proud moment for me because despite my lack of experience, I was able to make a valid contribution to a major project.
I really enjoyed working on the Strategic Supplier Dossier. It is a strategic document aimed to improve the relationship Jaguar Land Rover has with a key supplier, by providing recommendations based on data gathered across multiple functions of Jaguar Land Rover. It tells a story of the current state of the relationship, and what the aims are for the future. I am the co-owner of the project so I’m responsible for its delivery. I have worked with multiple employees from the supplier, and the 24 Jaguar Land Rover buyers who buy from the supplier, to gather relevant information, and held meetings with their managers and my director to review our recommendations.
I have a good group of friends outside my office who are also undergraduates and I met most of them on the first induction day. We socialise outside of work and it’s good to be able to have a group of people who are on the Undergraduate Programme as well because you can share experiences with each other.
As an undergraduate you get to be involved in multiple activities that someone who is full-time would not have time for. I have been involved in strategic relationship management, future vehicle sourcing and site visits. I was not expecting much responsibility in my role, but my team constantly rely on me and give me projects that have a significant impact on the future of the business.
The level of responsibility you get given and the respect you get from other colleagues. I have never been given small admin tasks to do. I have been tasked with real work where I can make valuable contributions.
I work in future vehicle sourcing. It's hard work but it’s worth it because when you’ll see a car on the road in a few years’ time, I will have had a part to play in it being there.
The programme has pushed me out my comfort zone and I was able to develop skills I didn't know I had and make contributions I didn't know I was capable of. It’s been an incredible experience, with inspiring people and invaluable learning.
In the first couple of weeks at Jaguar Land Rover, I took the opportunity to shadow my team members and learned the role of each individual person. I made myself familiar with my building and its facilities, and regularly sat in on meetings with my manager so that I could get a glimpse of his general day-to-day work. I began with a relatively small job role, helping to manage the team’s generic inbox and assisting to run weekly reports. My role has developed since then as I now organise and lead my own meetings. I run several projects that have required me to build my own processes and reports, and I often pick up ad-hoc tasks assigned to my team because I have the confidence to tackle anything that comes my way.
I start at 7:30am most days, but my manager is flexible if I have to start/leave earlier or later, which is great. My day consists of a number of basic tasks such as reporting, managing generic inboxes and solving ad-hoc problems. I regularly interact with my team members and work alongside people from other departments and even third-party organisations. The office culture is very calm and everyone is approachable and willing to help you with tasks, whether that means taking time out of their day to sit down and work through something with you, or by pointing you in the right direction of someone who has a better knowledge of the topic.
In my first month on placement I was assigned a new project which involved managing large customer orders for one of Jaguar Land Rover's wholesalers and analysing the stock so that the large orders didn't impact our availability. This was something that I ran by myself so I felt a real sense of responsibility and ownership of the project. I built a good relationship with my main points of contact at the wholesalers and worked with them to successfully deliver parts in a structured manner. I became a trusted point of contact for them, and from their feedback, I feel that I really helped them in improving their ordering process as well.
I feel strongly involved in the undergraduate community. From week one, all of the undergraduates in my function were brought together for an introductory presentation and encouraged to get to know each other. After that, we organised our own undergraduate networking session. We took the opportunity to go on plant tours, spend time in other departments and build genuine friendships outside of work.
I think the Undergraduate Programme is an excellent opportunity to gain a true insight into 'real-world' working and it is a great chance to network and build useful points of contact that can help you in your future. As an undergraduate, people expect you to grab opportunities with both hands which is great because people in the organisation always ask you to help them on a project, or go with them to an off-site meeting/experience day because they want you to have as much exposure to the company as possible. Before I began my role, I thought I wouldn't be given much responsibility because of my lack of experience, but I was gladly surprised that was not the case, and I feel trusted and valued in my job.
It’s exciting, very challenging, a great opportunity, but most of all fun!
I spent my first couple of weeks meeting the team, having introductory sessions to the agencies we work with and meeting the various different people I would be working with. I sat down with my line manager to go through my role and what they expected of me during my placement. I shadowed my manager and other team members to gain a better understanding of what my team were working on at the moment and the various different projects in progress. I was also taken through the different business processes and methods that the agencies adopt. Since then, I have been working on a variety of projects, managing my team’s finances and engaging with the social media agencies that we implement on a global scale. Over the next few months I will also be managing a team who develops the Jaguar and Land Rover websites.
I spent the first couple of weeks getting to grips with the working environment and learning what my role entailed. The start is always slow but since being in my role I have learnt an enormous amount about Customer Relationship Management. This has allowed me to not only develop my own skills but I have also been able to apply them to help improve the CRM system within the business.
When I first started, I spent a bit of time understanding the role and what I would be required to do, but I got hands-on pretty early with completing tasks that would be part of my workload each month. As I have learned more about the business I have been able to get involved with other tasks and bigger projects. Being hands-on with suppliers and spending time offsite has been a really interesting experience. I still have my core day-to-day tasks to complete but I'm now getting involved in wider projects.
A typical working day consists of me getting in around 8:30 and finishing around 5. Normally I’ll have a couple of meetings a day, some of which may be offsite. The work I do is challenging at times but that is what has kept me interested throughout my time here so far. If there are times I am really stuck when I’m doing something, I have my manager to help me out and provide their assistance, which I find so important for my development. There is a friendly atmosphere around the office with a lot of banter. It can, of course, get quite serious at times but that is expected especially when big projects are coming to a close. The office culture is definitely relaxed and people get on really well with each other.
If I am at Whitley, I usually get in around 8, and attend various meetings with people in my team and other areas of Jaguar Land Rover. I then update action logs and trackers, help put together decks for meetings and sometimes attend conference calls with agencies. I often work at agencies in Birmingham Airport, central Birmingham and central London so the hours differ. I do not clock in and out at a certain time each day, or work a specific number of hours; it really all depends on what I am doing and where I am.
We undertook a three-week project to approve the efficiency of the creation of our main department scorecard. During the time we worked with external suppliers and I was able to run many of the meetings with them, outlining what we needed and tracking the ongoing progress that they were making. It was great to be part of an effective process improvement, whereby we were able to save the company time and money. It required a lot of work as sometimes dealing with suppliers in different locations isn't plain sailing but that made it an even more interesting and exciting project to be part of.
I have been working on a project called Product Reviews, where customers are sent an email asking if they would like to fill out a product review. If they do, we then display this review on the Jaguar and Land Rover websites. We are currently doing a pilot in Australia with the hope to roll it out globally but as we are changing suppliers at the moment, the timelines are changing. My role has been to work alongside the project lead in our team, lead weekly project update conference calls, maintain the action tracker, and create monthly reports pulled from Google Analytics to send out to senior stakeholders. For this project I have been working with stakeholders from Purchase and Service, Consumer Insights, UK NSC, the Australian market, Quality and Global Digital Marketing Communications.
A project that I completed was setting up the first Global Customer Relationship Management Conference. It was a two-day conference that got all CRM managers together from all over the world. I was in charge of finding a venue for the conference, and the hotel for 33 guests. This required me to do a lot of research and negotiation with different venues. I was then required to find transport for all the guests so that they could get to and from the venue as well as a restaurant for a 50-person dinner. I worked with internal stakeholders and the reprographics team to help make the conference a reality. The event was a huge success with everyone saying it exceeded their expectations which made me feel good about my contribution.
There is an undergraduate community; there have been several organised collective meetings within my Undergraduate Programme; being able to talk to people of interest from around the business and getting a chance to visit and learn about other areas of the business that we were previously unaware of. There have been many chances to see other undergraduates outside of work as well, and initially the Facebook group set up was a great way to get introduced to others.
Yes, although there is only one undergraduate in a team, so you only really interact with other undergraduates at lunch time. However, I am only usually in Whitley once or twice a week because I am often working at different agencies. Therefore, I do not see the other undergraduates very often although we do socialise outside of work which is good fun.
The best thing is probably the experience of working for such a reputable brand, and the levels of exposure to senior management, important projects and the engagement of other companies we work with. Being given a much higher level of responsibility than I expected and very much being treated as another member of the team not just the intern. I am also loving working in the digital side of marketing, which is ever-changing and fast paced.
The best part about being an undergraduate is exceeding your manager’s expectations. The different opportunities you have access to while on placement also means that if you want to gain an insight in another department you can. All you have to do is talk to your manager about it, and most of the time they are more than happy for you to broaden your horizons and learn more.
Being involved in making real improvements within the company that make a difference to the daily operations, and constantly being challenged to look at how we can improve our processes has been a great experience. I have been able to get involved in projects where I was given real responsibilities and saw the impacts they had across several business areas.
I'd say that people should be prepared to get outside of their comfort zones as there are chances while on placement here that you wouldn’t have anywhere else. Even if you’re doing things you haven’t done before that you have no clue about, there's no harm in trying and learning.
During the first couple of weeks of my placement, I largely spent time shadowing my line manager to immerse me in the business, in order to contextualise myself with the way in which the business operates, the key workstreams, customer groups and the culture of the business, alongside being introduced to some key contacts. Since starting, I have seen my role develop in terms of responsibility, autonomy and the level of independence and trust put into me by my team. Initially, I received a lot of guidance and support to check that everything was going okay, whereas nine months in, I am instead receiving advice where needed, due to my development in the role. Now, I feel able to perform in my role off my own initiative, with support there as and when required from the relevant people, having built relationships with various stakeholders in the business.
I spent the first couple of weeks being given inductions to all the varying functions within Human Resources and I had a number of one-to-one meetings with the members of my direct team. With the support of my line manager, I was then slowly introduced to the projects which my team were involved in. Now, seven months into my placement, I see myself contributing increasingly more, taking ownership of many tasks and even projects.
Every day is different for me. Some days I will be working in the office, some meeting colleagues at our different sites, and some a combination of both! The office is a relaxed environment with hot-desking facilities, so you can work alongside a different team member each day. The OneHR collaboration space is an easy casual meeting area, to take discussions away from the desks, helping to break up the day which keeps everyone active and engaged. I undertake a variety of tasks throughout the week, making my role very diverse, including desk-based tasks and working with my customer groups, Global Corporate Functions, alongside my team.
Developing capability frameworks for the organisation and improving the process of recruitment, onboarding and retention of undergraduates. I have also enjoyed hosting focus groups and liaising with internal stakeholders as well as with external companies in order to effectively investigate the area. I also worked on a project around workforce planning, identifying the critical skills required in the business for the future. As part of this project, I particularly enjoyed being given the responsibility of leading a Brexit analysis, where I examined raw retention and application figures to establish trends for future initiatives.
I worked on a project to create excellence awards for one of the corporate functions. I was proud to be part of this project because I knew it was to make a difference to individuals within the function, and ensure they are recognised for their positive behaviours in the workplace. As part of this, I developed the awards alongside employees from the function, and communicated with the leadership team and key stakeholders to gain support and momentum ready for the awards to be implemented in the coming months.
Through the initial Facebook group, networking lunches and regular social events; it is fair to say that there is certainly an undergraduate community feel at Jaguar Land Rover. I personally live with three other undergraduates from different business areas, two of whom I became friends with originally through the Facebook group set up by the business.
The best things about my experience on the Undergraduate Programme at Jaguar Land Rover is the exposure to real business problems. It has given me an insight into the diverse activities undertaken by the function for an international business. This opportunity has exceeded my expectations in terms of the autonomy and responsibility placed upon me, but also the support network available to deal with any challenges. The most significant difference, was that I expected an extremely corporate environment, when in fact everyone is welcoming and it is a great environment to work in.
I personally believe the best thing about the placement is that not only do you enhance your employability through varied work on such a prestigious brand, but there is also the added prospect of it being a stepping stone onto the graduate scheme.
It’s an exciting, tough and tremendously rewarding opportunity to develop myself both technically and interpersonally, largely contributing to enriching my overall employability.
My first weeks were spent completing a training course in specialised surface modelling software. It was crucial to get an understanding of the software in order to work on the Class A models produced in surfacing. The course involved lectures, tutorials and exercises which lasted a total of three months. Once the course was completed, I was able to join production surfacing and worked as part of the interior team.
Parts are assigned to you by your manager or project leader. When you’re working on a project, you are given a responsibility to complete your part to a designer's satisfaction, while reaching the engineering and manufacturing feasibility conditions. These conditions usually involve working to dye lines, manufacturing processes, material finishes and gap tolerances. You have regular interactions with the assigned designers from the studio as you create the different parts to their conception and specifications. Working in surfacing can be very independent as people focus on building up their parts. But people are friendly and always happy to help if you are stuck and are unsure what to do. They have years of experience and knowledge about the software and it is important to absorb as much as you can to increase your understanding.
One of the first projects was a new production car, my contribution towards this consisted of helping with the innovation of pieces of the interior trim. Another project I was involved in was an update for a car currently in production. This was a different experience as we could directly review the new models compared to the pieces on the current car and gauge the level of improvement. My involvement with this project included pieces all over the car in areas such as the instrument panel, console, steering wheel, and the front and rear doors. My contribution varied depending on each part. Some only needed minor adjustments to the new surfaces in order to meet specified release tolerances. Other parts required entire rebuilds that took extended periods of time to complete.
There is a strong undergraduate community within Jaguar Land Rover. People first meet each other through the undergraduate Facebook page that you are added to once you've signed your contract. This was how I met my three other housemates. Once our placements began, social nights were also organised through this group.
The best thing has been the skills and experience that I have gained since I have started. The amount of training and monetary resources invested in me by Jaguar Land Rover has been tremendous. The amount of time, effort and patience invested by my line manager, and members of the interior team has been outstanding. I have also found that within my role, you're given real responsibility and work that has an effect on the actual cars.
Wonderful opportunity, invaluable skills and experience, CV boosting, foot-in the-door, real industry insight.
The first few weeks were spent understanding my team’s specific subject knowledge and understanding its various roles. Since then I have been given various projects, from developing a Level 3 parking feature, creating concept HMI wireframes, and research into Level 4 autonomy coverage. Initially, the trust that my team put in me was daunting, but it has massively helped my development. One of the things that I have enjoyed most at Jaguar Land Rover is the creativity that my role allows. Coming from an engineering background at university, where the majority of work has a right or wrong answer, I have thoroughly enjoyed starting with a blank sheet of paper and developing my own ideas and concepts for the features and wireframes.
For the first few weeks I was mainly settling in; I did tours of the site, networked with the people I would be working with, and completed online and instructor-led training for my area’s programmes and processes. Since those first few weeks I have gained significant responsibilities within my team, taking on entire projects from beginning to end and addressing significant customer warranty issues. I have been given more and more autonomy in my role as I have become more competent in the team.
Working hours in my team are long, as resources are limited, but I enjoy the work and do not mind putting in a little extra, especially as this is probably offset by coffee breaks! I get into the office by 7am, and usually leave around 4pm. I have a handful of regular weekly meetings where my presence is essential, and a few team meetings that are used as forums for reviewing technical issues and discussing operations. Work is very busy and there's not often a dull moment, it certainly keeps you busy. My team is really good, and probably the best thing about my placement. They are a great group of people with plenty of experience and knowledge to draw upon, but more importantly, they make the office an enjoyable place to be.
A typical day for me consists of replying to emails in the morning and catching up on activities in China that have taken place overnight. I then chase approvals for financial and manufacturing requests to progress my projects. By early afternoon, someone has usually asked me to assist with a line trial or to look at a new issue, this means I then need to go and look on the line, in the car parks and at the E-Cubes to validate issues and their fixes. This varies though; some days I will spend all day in the office working on CAD changes and liaising with suppliers, other days I will spend the entire time in and around the build halls, conducting line trials and validation tests.
Recently I identified a cost save of 18p per vehicle, just by removing the packaging from a piece of NVH (Noise, Vibration & Harshness) foam. After discussing this with the operatives on the line, I found that it would also save time as they currently had to pierce the bag before fitment. I also had to work closely with NVH in order to validate that the removal of the bag would not increase road noise. This was the first change that I had started and finished by myself, and the change went through quickly and efficiently. I was very proud to have been able to implement this as the total cost save, over the lifespan of two vehicle lines, was £250,000.
At the start of the programme we were introduced to all the other undergraduates on the first day, and then we had a separate undergraduate induction for Vehicle Engineering, that allowed closer networking. Through this we set up a weekly Friday lunch catch up. In addition, I got involved in an existing weekly 5-a-side football event which I then asked other undergraduates to join. Now around half of the players each week are undergraduates, and we are from various departments across the business. I am aware there is a Graduate Sports Network and Graduate Events, as I have been involved in some of these activities, however perhaps it would be good to have an undergraduate equivalent, or incorporate the two together.
The undergraduate community at Jaguar Land Rover almost feels like a family, especially those on the Women in Engineering Sponsorship. You can go to them any time with questions or just for a chat; everyone is in the same boat!
The best part for me has been feeling like a fully-fledged member of the team; it doesn’t feel like I’m an undergraduate at all. Jaguar Land Rover invests a lot of time and money in developing you and your skills – you feel valued. It has given me a real insight into what working life is like, and has taught me how to handle stress, a work/life balance and large responsibilities. Working life no longer seems like a daunting prospect after university and my goal is to work at Jaguar Land Rover. This is an excellent way to get your foot in the door and prove your worth as a potential hire. Plus, the bursaries for the Women in Engineering sponsorship scheme help vastly in bulking out the student budget!
I have been given a lot of responsibility within my team that has allowed me to develop a lot greater than I had anticipated. Having the freedom and creativity in my role has also changed my approach to my tasks for the better. Both of these aspects have exceeded my expectations. In addition, the team I work with are a great group of people with plenty of experience and knowledge to draw upon, and they have been the catalyst for the aspects mentioned above. But more importantly, they make the office an enjoyable place to be.
Great! It took some getting used to, early starts were a killer to begin with, but it has really helped me to get used to working full-time and I would recommend it to anyone with a drive to succeed!
My first few weeks were spent being introduced to the various teams and functions within Trading Division, getting brought up to speed on my own job role, and learning the inner day-to-day workings of the business. Initially, it was a lot of information to take on, and difficult to digest. My training was mainly on-the-job. My supervisor would take me through processes and tasks during the role, rather than structured, classroom-based learning. After a couple of months, I felt fully integrated into my working team, and confident in my ability to carry out processes. In the run up to Christmas, I began to feel like a fully-fledged employee.
Typically, my working day runs from 8 to 4:30, with a half an hour lunch (for a cheeky trip to Tesco to get a meal deal). Throughout the day, I will typically have a couple of meetings, but when it comes to the end of the month I have a lot more meetings and reviews with vendors.
The project I was set at the beginning of my placement was to create a high-level executive financial summary document that was to be distributed to management and directors. The aim of this project was to create a quick-and-easy-to-use, high-level reference that would influence management decision-making. Having no structure or template to begin with, the most challenging but rewarding part of this project was having a blank canvas to create my own.
Within Trading Division, there is a strong bond between the undergraduates and graduates. Getting involved in activities outside of working hours, such as 5-a-side football, has helped me to get to know and develop relationships with other graduates and employees outside of my direct contact.
The greatest advantage of being on the Undergraduate Programme is the exposure to real-life working environment challenges and situations, and developing yourself to tackle these challenges. Compared to university, the Undergraduate Programme gives a better and more realistic insight into the world of work, and the experience to leapfrog over other candidates when applying for further jobs in the future. It is very encouraging to witness your own personal development and increased responsibility too, as you progress through the programme. It is a great opportunity to gain a good understanding of a particular working area that you're interested in, with so many extracurricular opportunities available.
Challenging but rewarding. Definitely worth it, I would encourage anyone to apply.
When starting it was necessary for me to spend a lot of the time shadowing people in my team, learning about what tasks the different team members do, but mainly to get a general feel of the company and how the department I was going to be working in operates, relative to the wider business. Since then I have become a lot more confident in my own role in the team. I know my way around the site and different departments well, and therefore no longer require to be constantly shadowing someone or having them talk me through everything. I feel like I constantly add value to the team now.
The first couple of weeks were spent getting up to speed with the project I was going to be involved in. After that initial introduction period, I was essentially thrown in at the deep end and given an important project which I eventually brought to completion a few months later. Ever since then I have been treated like a valuable asset and given real responsibility.
Working hours in my department are normally 7:30 to 4. Depending on where I'm based, the nature of work varies quite a lot. If based in Wolverhampton, a lot of the day could be spent beside the production line solving issues in real-time and getting to know the engine production process. When I am based in Whitley, the work tends to be more to do with meetings and visualising how future projects may come together. Office culture is really good because everyone is willing to go out of their way to help you with any problems or questions you may have.
I feel particularly proud to be a part of launching the new vehicle and contributing to it. I have been a key part in developing a system for adding and changing what quality checks we have in place while building the cars. I also pride myself in gaining a good understanding of who does what across the plant as I have had the task to raise a lot of quality issues to the correct engineers, suppliers, process leaders, etc. Speaking face to face with people in the business has been essential to gaining a better understanding of problems and fixes we face during the launch of a new model.
The first project I was given was to develop a sign-off process for all the manual workstations on an engine production line. This sign-off process was essential in being able to hand the line over to the production engineering team and move onto the next project. I drew up a draft sign-off pack and made sure all signatories were happy, then I was able to go ahead and do the same for each station. Looking back, this was quite a big task and we were under a lot of pressure to complete the procedure in as little time as possible. From initial development right through to the completion of the project it took around six months, so I am very proud of my achievement.
The undergraduate community is good. I actually live with four other undergraduates. It's easy to find people to live with during your placement; there are various sports and activities you can get involved in as well.
The amount of experience gained is like nothing you can learn elsewhere at university or in education. I was also impressed by how prepared my team was for accepting me on my first day and having things ready for me. This should be something I praise Jaguar Land Rover for as it immediately gave me some sense of worth in my position as an undergrad even though I had very little skills and knowledge of my new work place compared to what was to come. It is great to be able to work on “real life” issues and be able to make a real contribution to my team and feel like a full team member.
Definitely think that doing a 12-month placement is much more beneficial than a three-month placement in this company as three months will only give you time to scrape the top of the iceberg of understanding and implement yourself into your own team and department. Co-workers will appreciate and use you a lot more as you spend time getting to know them and the business.