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Polymer Technical Specialist

Jaguar Land Rover
£50000 to £75000 per year
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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The Opportunity
As part of the Technical Specialist Community, you will be a functional resource for the company. This role includes developing the future company strategy for Polymer materials across all areas of the vehicle.
You will be a custodian of elements of our key technology for current and future products. You will be expected to teach, mentor and present at global conferences.

Key Performance Indicators
* Ensuring new materials (aligned to Design intent) are by PS and by .
* Research trends in new polymers and processing, to feedback into the business.
* Delivery of direction and strategy to support sustainability targets on polymer use for future vehicles.
* Shaping Technology Centre strategies to reflect the latest materials trends and improvements.
* Resolving quality issues including completion of PR-Aims and suggestions to improve JDP and TGW.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities
* Owner of JLR Way procedure/process, STJLRs and requirements. Create improved procedures helping to drive quality and efficient delivery.
* Responsible for deviation approvals, weighing customer and business requirements against feasibility and timing.
* Support the delivery and prioritisation of polymer material development with inputs from core and SV to ensure materials are delivered on time and to the engineering specifications.
* Work closely with Design, CoC's (and others) to identify new material requirements. Engage with Materials Engineering, Product Sustainability, Purchase, Research and suppliers to develop practical solutions.
* Develop a business aligned vision for technical delivery of the attribute or technology.
* Technical leadership to drive function, quality, cost, and timing improvements on programmes.
* Lead role for developing innovative technologies and new applications of current technologies.
* Establish and deploy best technical practice. Knowledge transfer in terms of formal training, and mentoring. Champion TAS modules in the specialism and create new modules.
* Thorough understanding of both internal and external customer attribute and technology requirements.
* Development of process and reports to ensure consistent and robust delivery of their technology or attribute.
* Support task force activities to solve complex engineering problems.
* Formal sign off of the technical elements of their system or attribute.
* Charged with promoting systems and Agile engineering into the company.
* Undertake any other work as directed by their line manager in connection with their job as may be requested

Key Interactions
* Design
* Programme
* Individual Technology Centres
* Perceived Quality
* Purchase
* Marketing
* Research
* Suppliers


Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
* In-depth knowledge and technical expertise of polymer materials development, characterisation, processing, and application to automotive products.
* Proficient at development and publishing of new materials standards and test methodologies.
* Experience with materials processing and component manufacture.
* Significant experience of working in an engineering or automotive environment and have built up a broad understanding of many elements of working in this sector.
* Analytical skills including the ability to conduct research into innovative technologies and manufacturing systems and tools.
* Knowledge of polymer applications across the whole vehicle.
* Proven ability to lead a resolution of the key technical issues within a team environment.
* Degree in science based or relevant topic.
* Will be required to go through the Technical Specialist recruitment process as detailed in Technical Specialist Handbook.
* Significant knowledge of engineering planning and delivery processes.

* Appreciation of sustainability attribute with working knowledge of sustainability tools inc. LCA.
* A working knowledge of Body systems and development processes, such as those used at Jaguar Land Rover
* Experience in strategy development and execution

Personal Profile
* An individual with a customer first mind-set who is easy to do business with and makes people feel special, driven to deliver experiences that are personalised, transparent and dependable.
* An individual who is results driven, demonstrates, tenacity, drive, and perseverance, with the ability to deliver in a complex, highly demanding environment.
* An individual with the ability to combine a short term, pragmatic focus with longer term planning.
* A good communicator who can communicate complex ideas.
* An effective team player, actively leads, develops, and supports team members.

* An individual who enables speed in decision making through establishing alignment, clarity, appropriate resources, and sense of urgency whilst bringing others along
* An individual who is resilient, energetic, and enthusiastic, able to deliver results under pressure, whilst responding constructively to challenging new ideas and inputs.


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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