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REQ ID: 111637
JOB TITLE: Lead Battery Safety Design Engineer
SALARY: £42,200 - £54,000
We’re re-examining our vehicles and what a vehicle means in the emerging world of automation, connectedness, electrification and the shared economy. New ideas, new technology, and new approaches to mobility are our business. Join a team of next generation thinkers.




Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are a critical part of JLR’s future strategy.  Traction batteries with high energy density presents a demanding set of multi physics engineering challenges. The purpose of this role is to support the design and development of safe next generation traction battery systems.


Working in a state-of-the-art facility, you’ll provide the analytical power behind our vehicles working in our Powertrain Engineering team. You'll find the optimal balance of performance, sustainability and integrity whilst responding to the environmental issues that shape our industry.


This is an exciting opportunity to join what will be a growth area of engineering critical to our corporate future.

The Powertrain Engineering function drives development of new technologies and features through to delivery of new electric vehicle programmes.


The role is based in the Battery Product Development and Technology Chapters at Gaydon as part of the overall Powertrain electrified engineering group. Reporting to the HV Battery Technical Specialist the Engineer would be responsible for:


• Analyse battery system architecture and design to identify potential safety hazards and develop appropriate solutions

• Develop test plans and perform validation tests to ensure safety systems meet applicable standards and requirements.

• Analyse and interpret data from tests and simulations to identify potential safety issues and develop corrective actions

• Design and develop functional safety systems for electric vehicle batteries and related safety systems per applicable standards and regulations

• Develop safety systems documentation and reports, including hazard and risk assessments

• Design, conduct and analyse experiments to gain knowledge and insight into safety systems and behaviour

• Monitor safety system performance in field tests and make recommendations for improvements

• Remain up to date with battery safety regulatory requirements and the automotive industry standards

• Work with other teams and stakeholders to ensure the safe design of batteries



Knowledge Skills & Experience



• Degree in relevant engineering discipline with a minimum 2-year relevant experience

• Knowledge of typical BEV battery system technologies

• Knowledge of lithium-ion cell designs and chemistries

• Understanding of typical battery characteristics and failures - electrical, thermal, mechanical and failure modes (venting and thermal runaway)  

• Familiarity with the different battery safety legislations/standards

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills Resolution Techniques e.g., 8D and FMEA

• Strong people skills and the ability to work individually and in a cross functional team

• Excellent communication and presentation skills.

• The ability to make effective decisions in the best interest of the business and customer

• Flexible working and the ability to move between different sites.



• A masters or a doctorate degree in engineering or science

• Functional safety qualification

• Experience of JIRA, AIMs, Reliasoft, FFA

• Ability to use CAE tools such as MATLAB and CATIA

• Understanding of typical battery characteristics - cell types, electrical configuration, cell mounting limitations, cooling and heating requirements, venting

• Understanding of regulatory needs applicable to BEVs

• The ability to understand commodity timing plans (including design validation plans, programme plans and supplier timing plans)

• A working knowledge of the design and release process.



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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