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REQ ID: 103060
JOB TITLE: SVO Unit Programme Manager
SALARY: Competitive
POSTING END DATE: 31/10/2022
LOCATION: Warwickshire
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.

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





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, private medical cover and performance related bonus scheme. As a manager, you’ll also be able to select one of our luxury premium vehicles to lease at a fraction of the cost. 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.



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