JLR to recruit 250 electrification engineers

Jaguar Land Rover has created 250 West Midlands jobs as it looks to develop its electric technology.

New electrification engineers will be based at the Gaydon Engineering Centre and the company’s £250m Future Energy Lab in Whitley, Coventry. £40m of technological innovations to test electric vehicles are hosted at the 323,000 sq ft lab, with drive units being created for JLR’s electric Range Rover, Defender, Discovery and Jaguar models.

More than 40 battery engineering roles are being recruited, to “strengthen its core competencies” in battery cell chemistry, design and systems.

The remaining roles are across propulsion specialisms, such as software, system integration, component design and controls.

Thomas Mueller, executive director of product engineering, said: “The realisation of our Reimagine strategy is dependent on our investment in people and technology.

“As we continue to invest in our facilities, we are now seeking very talented people to help us develop advancements in propulsion technology that will underpin our next generation modern luxury vehicles.”

Freddy Gunnarsson, JLR cell design manager, added: “We are ramping up our work, converting cutting-edge science into battery propulsion systems that offer our clients unique driving and charging experiences, expected of modern luxury vehicles.

“This is an exciting opportunity for battery chemistry experts to help define the next generation of electrical powertrains.”