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Product Engineering - Software Undergraduate

Jaguar Land Rover
Gaydon, Warwick
Circa £17,000
Closing date
29 Nov 2021

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FMCG & Manufacturing
Role Type
Graduate, Other work and training
Start Date
12-18 months
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REQ ID: 69481
JOB TITLE: Product Engineering - Software Undergraduate

LOCATION: Gaydon, Manchester or Shannon. All employees are required to spend time in different departments at a number of company locations in order to meet the needs of the business.
SALARY: Circa £17,000
POSTING END DATE: 29/11/21 - Jaguar Land Rover reserve the right to move the closing date at any time based on the volume of applications.


We’re reimagining the future of movement. Our vision of a sustainable future of modern luxury by design is at the heart of our next generation thinking and our new generation of talent. Pioneering apprentices, change-driving undergraduates and ground-breaking graduates all play their part. 

Together with everyone who proudly works at Jaguar Land Rover, you can be the future of movement. Going from A-B is changing, for good. Can you take us there?


Our programmes are aimed at people who have a passion for learning and a passion for pioneering. Ambitious, innovative and determined people, who respect our heritage and think beyond the challenges of today to build the cars of tomorrow. With a blend of hands-on experience and qualifications to target, our undergraduates work on projects that are fundamental to our global success.


Show us your passion and performance, and we may give you the opportunity to progress onto our graduate programme.



Modern Jaguar Land Rover vehicles are amongst the most advanced technology people use on a daily basis. Before the customer enters the car, it is identifying the key fob and their phone to recognise them and allow access. On their journey, software aids their driving with stability and assistance systems, and provides a welcoming and refined user experience through in-vehicle infotainment.


Our Software engineering teams are responsible for designing and developing the software which is running both inside and outside of the vehicle, supporting all of the features a customer expects from a Jaguar Land Rover product. Software is key to driving the technology advances whether they be in ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems), Infotainment or new Electric Propulsion.  Software Engineers are fundamental to the future of Jaguar Land Rover in creating world class products that drive our customer’s needs.


The Software teams use iterative and concurrent engineering approaches to provide robust software innovation and integration as well as a multitude of techniques including model-based software development and code writing. You could be involved in the creation of these models or the code or be providing support and guidance to our suppliers to ensure robust products and experiences are delivered. 


You will be involved in live projects from day one, which could include automation and infrastructure. You could be part of the team implementing a cloud-based infrastructure - providing the tools and environment for large software teams to collaborate and work within. This environment could be created using Elastic cloud architectures, infrastructure as code and a variety of scripting languages. 


Alternatively you could be working in low-level software development ensuring the in-vehicle computer systems have the best balance of performance. Low-Level boot charts, balancing processor core loading and refining fast boot processes are areas you will focus on to produce the best in-vehicle performance.

The Teams

During your placement you will get to work in one of our Software teams and develop both experience and insight into our approach.


Core Engineering

Core Engineering builds the precision and pride into every vehicle that inspires loyalty in our customers. Every conceivable aspect of the manufacturing process is overseen, refined and continuously improved and reinvented here. Core Engineering undergraduate placements could be in: Body and Chassis Engineering; Electrical Engineering, Powertrain, Product Engineering Operations and Research. 


Body & Chassis

Body & Chassis Engineering is where the vehicle design and character become the actual product. It’s the Engineering's role to provide our customers great cars to look at, live with and live in, and that are also safe and sustainable. This requires engineering excellence, precision, and attention to detail. The department is mainly organised in Programme Delivery, Commodity and Attributes. 


Body Engineering is everything that you touch and see in the car. The Body commodities are Lids, Doors, Structures, Cabin and Safety, Cockpit, Climate, Seats, Exteriors, Lighting and Glazing & Roofs. The Body attributes areas are Perceived Quality, Materials & Sustainability, and Vehicle Safety.


Chassis Engineering is everything that moves you in the car to provide a wonderful driving experience on road/off road and to deliver wonderful dynamics and motion control systems for every situation. The Chassis commodities are Axle Group, Steering Function, Brakes Engineering and Suspension Function. The Chassis attributes area looks after Driving Dynamics and off-road capability.



Electrical Engineering delivers smart, connected, clean vehicles through creativity and design innovation and offers opportunities in a variety of digital disciplines. The scope for Electrical Engineering is wide and covers complex systems design as well as electronic hardware and software creation. The features you may expect such as cabin interior functions or infotainment but also technologies such as connectivity, off-board processing and mobile app design to provide a wider range of customer experience.



Jaguar Land Rover Powertrain Engineering are leaders in the design, test, validation and certification of world class propulsion systems. The scope of the propulsion systems is far reaching and includes major commodity groups such as engines, transmissions, drivelines, electric drive units, energy storage devices and are complemented by software system integration, calibration and control strategies.


Powertrain use state of the art build, test and sign off facilities to provide the power and driving force behind our 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.


Product Engineering Operations (PE Ops)

Product Engineering Operations are fundamentally involved at every stage of the engineering process, and are driving an exciting transformation in the way we engineer and deliver our products with class leading technology and quality. PE Ops underpin technical innovation and product delivery with engineering delivery, tools and processes and specialist technical services to deliver our world class products. This is a diverse team, that harness a variety of skill sets, from information management and data analytics, to building and testing prototypes.



Research covers all the different engineering elements that make up the car in the early stages of discovery, feasibility and invention. The team focuses on problem solving difficult scientific and engineering problems, doing technical feasibility, building prototypes (both physical and software), and creating proof of concepts. This team drives about 1/3 of new innovation patents for JLR and is the driving spirit of innovation.


Regardless of which team you join, you’ll be at the heart of Jaguar Land Rover’s Software strategy, bringing to life concepts and turning them into reality, for our customers.



What’s required


Excellence runs throughout our entire business, and we expect you to be the same. So, as well as working towards a degree in software engineering; computer science, cyber engineering or other software focused degree at 2:2 level or higher, you’ll need drive, creativity, a keen eye for detail, and a never-ending commitment to delivering results.


Please be aware that our undergraduate placement opportunities are only open to penultimate year students (i.e., students who will be returning to their final year of study following their placement with us).


All our undergraduate programmes have a fixed start date commencing June 20th 2022 and will run for a duration of 12 months.

Rewards and Benefits

Your innovation and creativity will be challenged every day, as you develop a rigorous and commercially focused approach in your work. And, with on-going support from industry leading experts and continual learning opportunities, you’ll quickly realise that our programmes have been designed to be as inspiring as the pioneering vehicles you’ll help produce.


Whichever part of the business you join your hard work and contribution deserves recognition. A generous holiday allowance will also be yours, as will many other benefits such as our privilege car purchase scheme, our pension scheme and access a range of deals and discounts from various retailers and sports clubs. 


Apply now


As a successful undergraduate in this area of engineering, you will work alongside experienced engineers who will guide and support your growth into becoming an experienced member of the software engineering community.


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


You can find out more about our undergraduates and how they play their part on:
Facebook – @lifeatJLR
Twitter - @LifeatJLR
Instagram – @lifeatjlr

Jaguar Land Rover

We are the future of movement. We’re the pioneers, the change-drivers and ground-breakers. We’re the next generation of luxury, innovative, sustainable car makers. We’re focused and restless for better. We’re defining the future of movement. We think big, learn from each other and use our diverse skills, experience and expertise to propel ourselves, our team and our business forward.
And no matter where we are in the world, we’re all proudly shaping an industry that’s accelerating faster than ever. Going from A-B is changing. Can you take us there?


Be the future of movement.

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