Software Engineering Graduate Programme: Manchester

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LOCATION: Manchester

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.

Software Engineering

Automobiles are becoming more and more reliant on software every year, and modern JLR vehicles feature the most advanced technology in the industry. Before drivers get in our cars, software identifies their key fob and unlocks the vehicle. During the journey, software supports their driving via stability and assistance systems and provides a welcoming and refined user experience through infotainment. Software is also crucial to our new electric propulsion systems, making our software engineers crucial to the future of the business.

As a software graduate, you will rotate through multiple departments over two years, giving you a well-rounded understanding of the organisation. At all times, you will operate alongside experienced engineers, who will guide and support your growth as you become a key member of the software engineering community.

We develop big software products that have significant real-world impact, build systems from the ground up, and solve interesting and novel problems every day. That means you will get to see your software in the cars around you, on TV and in the movies. The automotive industry is transforming technologically, and you can be at the heart of this, with all the opportunities for growth and interesting work it brings. Driverless cars, smart cities, electric vehicles, big data - you can help to make it happen.

In Manchester, we focus on every aspect of cloud computing, apps and big data engineering, including software engineering, data engineering, mobile apps, automation testing and infrastructure. Graduates benefit from placements in other areas such as agile delivery, architecture and product ownership as part of the programme however, your first placement will be within your allocated ‘home' team.


Digital Products Platform (DPP)

Modern vehicles need to be always connected and today's consumers demand all kinds of digital services from their vehicles. This is only getting more important as electrification, smart cities and autonomous driving become common. The connectivity platform is essentially the provider of all these services and manages how they interact with the vehicle.

As a result, our DPP team uses iterative and concurrent engineering approaches to deliver real innovation, harnessing a wealth of techniques including model-based software development and directly writing code. From day to day, you could find yourself working on projects to lock and unlock a car via a mobile app, requiring the Internet of Things (IoT) and data engineering to harvest the required data, software engineering to build the apps, and infrastructure engineering to manage the cloud on which it all runs.

Over the course of this programme, you will develop expertise in a range of best-in-class technologies and frameworks such as Java, Node, Kubernetes, Serverless, Spring Boot, Flink, Kafka, React, Android and IOS modern development methodologies, software best practices, DevOps and testing, collaboration, and technical design and architecture.


You will need to hold or be on track to achieve at least a 2.2 degree in software engineering, computer science, cyber engineering or another software-related discipline.

In addition, you will have a 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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