Industry News: New cars bring new oportunities


New cars are bringing new opportunities at Jaguar Land Rover.
New cars are bringing new opportunities at Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar Land Rover has welcomed its 2014 intake of 283 new graduates within a week of unveiling its breakthrough mid-sized premium sports sedan, the Jaguar XE and revealing its all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport model.

Joining the UK’s largest premium automotive manufacturer from the country’s leading academic institutions, the latest recruits are starting their career with Jaguar Land Rover in a year in which the company’s investment in capital and product creation will be over £3.5 billion. The company has ambitious growth plans for both of its brands that will deliver significant product developments to 2020 and beyond.

Having personally welcomed the new graduates to the company, Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are investing significantly in the future of Jaguar Land Rover by creating very special vehicles for our customers and, just as importantly, by employing and developing the people that will help ensure our continued success. Great people and great products are the essence of this great British company.”

The graduates began their two-year programme with a formal induction week, during which they met Dr Speth and other members of the Jaguar Land Rover board, familiarised themselves with the latest vehicle line-up and had a glimpse at some of the products of the future.

Lizzy Yarnold, Great Britain’s skeleton Olympic champion, gave an inspirational talk on leadership. Reflecting on the parallels between sporting and business achievement, Lizzy Yarnold said: “Having the right mindset for success is essential whether you are aiming for sporting prowess or a fulfilling career in one of the UK’s leading companies.”

Widely recognised as one of the country’s leading employers, Jaguar Land Rover is the highest-ranking automotive manufacturer in the prestigious Times Top 100 List of Graduate Employers, moving up to 16th position in 2014 / 15.

Group Marketing Director, Phil Popham, originally began with Jaguar Land Rover as a new graduate and is now a board member. Reflecting on the programme, he said: “The graduate scheme provides an excellent start to a career at Jaguar Land Rover and we very much hope that our latest recruits will become the company’s future business leaders.”

The majority of the new graduate roles are in manufacturing, programmes and engineering, with some 200 of the latest cohort working in those areas. Roles are also being filled in commercial areas such as finance, HR, IT, marketing, sales, property, logistics and PR. A similar split between engineering / manufacturing and non-engineering departments is expected for the 2015 intake.

The Jaguar Land Rover graduate programme is designed to provide the perfect blend of personal and professional development, along with opportunities to network with other graduates and build relationships across the entire business. Graduates joining Jaguar Land Rover will be allocated a home department based on their specialism and will, over the course of the two-year programme, have an opportunity to gain varied experience within that area. Over the past four years, Jaguar Land Rover has recruited more than 1,200 young people onto its graduate programme. In addition, the company offers a significant number of paid work placements for undergraduates.

To apply for the 2015 graduate programme or undergraduate work placements, students should go to The deadline for applications is 31st December 2014.

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