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SVO Unit Programme Manager

Jaguar Land Rover
Fen End
To define
Closing date
24 Sep 2022

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Job description:

This is a unique opportunity to join Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team, in a leadership role. This role will sit in Jaguar Land Rovers highly prized Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) Engineering team. SVO is a key part of the Organisation, delivering World Class Products that amplify our core brand values in Ultimate Luxury, Ultimate Sports Performance and Ultimate Capability. SVO are a Performance based organisation with a Formula 1 team mind-set that requires the best engineers to strengthen its capabilities.

The team works typically both at Fen End and Gaydon locations, with a mix of onsite and remote working based on project and business priorities and the most appropriate location to carry out the role. SVO is transitioning to operate within an agile operating model, and this role is key in providing programme management leadership in order to ensure successful delivery of powertrain systems from concept through to production for SVO's next generation of vehicles. Utilising cross functional expertise and specialists from within the SVO Propulsion team, you will provide the programme management leadership and governance to respond to the environmental challenges shaping our industry.


As Unit Programme Manager, the role will encompass responsibility for:
* Planning and designing the unit programme to ensure successful delivery
* Proactively monitor programme health through the resolution of risks and issues and initiate corrective action where required
* Develop and implement the programme's governance framework
* Effective co-ordination of the programme's projects and associated interdependencies
* Maintain overall integrity and coherence of the programme and develop and maintain the programme environment to support the projects within it
* Manage the programme's budget by monitoring and reporting costs against benefits as the programme progresses
* Maximise the efficient allocation of resources across the programme
* Manage and develop internal and external supplier relationships with the programme
* Managing communications with stakeholders
* Report progress of the programme at defined intervals to the Head of Propulsion and SVO Director
* Responsible for coaching and mentoring a team of programme planners


* Degree qualified (Unless good working knowledge in project management within Powertrain)
* 5 Years experience
* Extensive experience of planning, monitoring and controlling programmes, including risks management from concept to production
* Credibility within the programme environment and ability to influence others
* Good knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation preferred
* Experience of powertrain programme delivery
* Major project delivery experience


* Excellent communication and presentation skills
* Experience of successful delivery in a low investment environment
* Knowledge of powertrain systems including electrification
* Experience of leadership with evidence of a coaching style to develop people to top performance

Personal Profile

* A passion for the automotive industry
* Customer first mindset who is easy to do business with
* An individual who is results driven, demonstrates, tenacity, drive and perseverance, with the ability to deliver in a complex, highly demanding environment
* Ability to combine a short term, pragmatic focus with longer term planning
* Resilient, energetic and enthusiastic, able to deliver results under pressure, whilst responding constructively to challenging new ideas and inputs
* Able to deliver quality and consistency in a complex, highly demanding environment.
* A good communicator who can communicate complex ideas
* An effective team player, actively leads, develops and supports team members
* An achiever motivated by delivering results by establishing realistic plans and proactively driving delivery with a never give up attitude
* Performs well under pressure and demonstrates composure
* Structured but with experience of working in a changing, ambiguous and pacey environment


Innovative. Trusted. Pioneering. These three qualities have always summed up Jaguar Land Rover. They have been encapsulated within the performance, luxury and excellence of all our products. They are what every person working for us lives and breathes.

We have been automotive industry pioneers for more than six decades. Jaguar debuted in 1935. Land Rover made its celebrated entrance in 1948.

From then until now, we have been at the forefront of technical innovation in all areas of vehicle development. Through our revolutionary technologies, performance and craftsmanship, we have pushed the boundaries of what the industry considers possible over and over again. Our efforts have led to some of the most iconic nameplates ever to grace the road.

With an ever-evolving history and exhilarating future, this is the place to drive your pursuit for success. This is where you'll push the boundaries of your potential. This is where you'll put excellence in motion.

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