Product Engineering: Future Propulsion Systems Graduate

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30th October


Gaydon, Whitley or Ryton

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LOCATION: Gaydon, Whitley or Ryton


Hybrid working is potentially available, depending on the area and manager. JLR is a multi-site business and you'll be required to spend time working with different departments at several locations.

A graduate programme at JLR gives you access to some of the most innovative and visionary industry experts, networking opportunities and invaluable industry insight. By the time you finish the programme, you'll play a vital part in JLR's future and build the exceptional long-term career you've proved you're capable of.

Arrive with ambition. Grow with freedom.

Future Propulsion Systems Engineering?

Fossil fuels have dominated automotive propulsion since cars were introduced, but our priorities are now very different. By the middle of the decade, Jaguar will have undergone a renaissance to emerge as a pure-electric luxury brand - and you have the opportunity to help shape this. You will become a key part of the team, working in multiple departments across your two years, enabling you to develop a well-rounded understanding of the business.?

?? Learning what it takes to deliver the high-quality propulsion systems of the future, you will evolve into an experienced member of the propulsion engineering community. To develop your skills and competencies, you will work in a range of different environments, using a mixture of engineering tools such as Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) plus data analysis techniques, while closely partnering customer groups. The scheme will also feature a number of placements, including one non-product placement, and you will collaborate with your managers to identify placements suitable for your learning and growth.?

Your placements will help you develop your technical knowledge at either component or system level and from design to the operation of fully electric propulsion systems. Along the way, you will gain a full understanding of conceptualisation, design, development, optimisation and delivery for world-class components and systems.?

In particular, you will take a systems view of the entire delivery landscape for commodities and/or systems and will work closely with our programme managers, external engineering service providers and Jaguar engineering, purchasing and manufacturing functions to create and deliver final completed products to quality, cost and time targets. We will look to you to bring a fresh mindset to everything we do and actively challenge the way we think.?

During the Future Propulsion Systems Graduate Programme, you will work in either Engineering Operations (EO) or Engineering Propulsion (EP). You will be allocated to a department based on personal preferences and business needs.?

Engineering Operations (EO)

EO underpin technical innovation and product delivery with programme management, tools and processes, plus specialist technical services to deliver our world-class products. A diverse team, EO harness a variety of skill sets, from project management, information management and data analytics to building and testing prototypes. EO are fundamentally involved in every state-of-the-art engineering process and are driving an exciting transformation in the way we engineer and deliver our products with class-leading technology and quality.

You could work within the prototype battery build team, with involvement in anything from constructing prototypes to supporting validation testing, undertaking end-of-line and battery teardowns and focusing on-long term testing or failures. Alternatively, in chassis dyno operations, you could help to maintain a productive workflow for test facilities such as our chassis dynamometer, miles accumulation facility, real driving emissions unit and vehicle workshop. Finally, in the system design team you would be responsible for integrating prototype systems and ensuring they operate in a manner suitable for testing.

Engineering Propulsion (EP)

Our EP team are leaders in the design, test, validation and certification of world-class propulsion systems aimed at delivering driving experiences that our customers will love for life.

The scope of our propulsion systems is far-reaching and includes major commodity groups such as electric drive units, energy storage devices, engines, transmissions and drivelines, complemented by software system integration, calibration and control strategies.

We take a global perspective, and our teams carry out overseas testing and certification in world markets, gather market-specific feedback, interface with colleagues and supplier manufacturing plants around the globe, and collaborate cross-functionally with all of our key stakeholders.

In short, we use state-of-the-art build, test and sign-off facilities to provide the power and driving force behind JLR vehicles - using the combined expertise of our cross-functional teams to find the ideal balance between performance, sustainability and refinement, while responding to the rapidly changing environmental issues that shape our industry.

In all areas of propulsion, you will work on some of the most desirable and sought-after automotive products. Our vehicles are tested to the most extreme limits in the industry to ensure they are the most capable in all environments.

You could find could yourself focusing on electrified propulsion systems, thermal systems or future propulsion technologies, with activities including completing competitor benchmarking and strategy work for future programmes and developing computer models to analyse and optimise components or systems. Alternatively, you could become involved in delivering new components as a project engineer, creating new software algorithms and control strategies for engineering systems, completing product testing and validation or enhancing product quality via continuous improvement.


You will need to hold or be on track to achieve at least a 2.2 degree in mechanical or automotive engineering/design, systems CAD, chemistry, physics or computer science.?

In addition, you will have real passion for problem-solving and the curiosity to understand business challenges and deliver innovative solutions. You will also have strong numerical and interpersonal skills and the confidence to champion new initiatives.?


Our 2024 graduate programme salary is £31,000, with a £2,000 joining bonus to welcome you to JLR. After two years, you will progress from the graduate programme on a £38,000 salary. In addition, JLR offer a generous holiday allowance, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, excellent pension provisions and access to a wide range of deals and discounts from well-known retailers and sports clubs.? ?

Once you've successfully completed your graduate programme, you can look forward to a long-term career with us. The role you take on will depend on your performance, personal preferences and business needs.?

You will be applying your curiosity and creativity every day as you begin to hone your skills for a successful, impactful career. You own your development, and only you can make it happen. We'll be right by your side in your pursuit of exceptional, and we'll give you all the encouragement and support you need. 

Your future starts here.?

Please be aware that we may close our programmes at any point and at short notice based on the volume of applications received. To give yourself the best chance of being considered for a place on this programme, please apply early.?

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