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REQ ID: 89115
JOB TITLE: Lead Automation Engineer
SALARY: £41,600 - £52,000
POSTING END DATE: 30/05/2022
Jaguar Land Rover is harnessing technology to make driving smarter, safer and cleaner. You can help create a world in which responsible, sustainable vehicles revolutionise the driving experience for generations. Our vision is to leverage the incredible potential of technology to build vehicles that not only offer a premium, all-encompassing digital experience, but that also make our customers lives better.




As a Lead Automation Engineer, you will be responsible for leading the daily operations of test bed Automation Systems in the Jaguar Land Rover facilities in Whitley and The New Product Development Centre (Churchill).


The systems are primarily AVL Puma 1.5, AVL Puma 2.x and FEV Morphee and includes the use of other tools - application systems, combustion measurement systems, automated calibration tools, simulation tools, etc. The role will be responsible for supporting the daily operation of all the automation systems. This will include issue and error resolution, process improvement, test preparation, documentation, training, routine data quality and functional assessment, specialist disaster recovery support and stakeholder relationships


Working alongside the Automation Systems Development Lead Engineer, you will be responsible for effective operation of the test bed automation systems to deliver timely quality data with the functionality required by the engineering teams. The role will be responsible for system robustness, maintenance of automation uptime and disaster recovery actions in support of the Annual run hours objectives. Formal problem-solving approaches and Continuous Improvement Actions will be routine


The role will supervise a small team of test systems specialists with task and project allocation, progress tracking and reporting. The role will be responsible for the team’s objective setting, mentoring and performance reviews.


Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities


As a Lead Automation Engineer, your key accountabilities and responsibilities will include the coordination of activities to ensure timely delivery of appropriate test systems configurations to meet test requirements and maximising uptime, being responsible for ongoing automation systems operations and responsible for daily test systems issues resolution and management. You will be accountable for managing their team to ensure specific targets for quality, cost and time are met in the Whitley test fields.




The ideal candidate will have a passion for the automotive industry, excellent knowledge of test automation tools and processes and strong project management capabilities with excellent execution skills and the ability to multitask. You will have strong influencing and engagement skills - able to challenge existing thinking in a positive way whilst building credibility and trust through experience and personal style.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience




  • In depth knowledge of power train test automation systems

  • In depth knowledge of associated test bed instrumentation and systems (e.g. combustion systems, INCA, Cameo, emissions systems etc. etc.)

  • Knowledge of test bed hardware (fuel, coolant, oil, air conditioning systems etc)

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Degree or relevant equivalent experience




  • Puma and Morphee experience preferred

  • Demonstrable experience in the operation of power train test facilities

  • Previous experience of leading the resolution of business, technical and process issues within a project team environment

  • Project management experience

  • Excellent negotiation skills

  • Good problem solving skills



Bring all this to the home of premium innovation, and you’ll find the opportunities to further your career with a world-class team, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, membership of a competitive pension plan and performance related bonus scheme. All this and more makes Jaguar Land Rover the perfect place to continue your journey.

This role may offer the opportunity for hybrid working where you can split your time between working from home and in the office. At Jaguar Land Rover, hybrid working is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement providing employees with more choice and flexibility around how, when and where they work, if suitable for their role. Further details can be discussed with the Hiring Manager at interview stage. 

Please be aware that we may close this vacancy for applications before the stated deadline if we receive a high volume of interest. We strongly advise you to submit your application as early as possible.

Jaguar Land Rover is committed to equal opportunity for all.


At Jaguar Land Rover, we are passionate about our people. They are at the heart of our business. We are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive culture that is representative of our global customers and the society in which we live; a culture in which every one of our employees can bring their authentic self to work, and reach their full potential.


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