1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I currently working in Pricing within JLR. I am working on pricing the Jaguar XE 20MY which involves a variety of different tasks. Ranging from strategic work at the beginning of the programme to agree on a pricing strategy. To publishing documents to the varying markets across the world once pricing has been agreed upon.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I've developed my presentation skills since I started. I'm generally a confident person but when it comes to presenting in front of others, both people I know and don't know, I find myself become very nervous. By being asked to present in front of others every now and then, it has helped me become more familiar with these nerves and the process, allowing me to develop my presentation skills rather than focusing on how to overcome the nerves.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme as it provides me with a range of experience across the whole of the Finance Function at JLR with frequent rotations. The rewards are very generous and the people I've met have all been friendly. The CIMA qualification is difficult but doable if the right amount of time is dedicated. The rewards of being CIMA qualified being a huge motivator when it comes to passing the exams.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is structured well with two, 6 month placements in the first year, followed by yearly rotations in the following 4 years. The CIMA qualification is set out well also with BPP (the training provider) providing a set plan to stick to in order to pass by a certain date.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
JLR provide a perfect amount of support. This can vary from specific departments that are available to help with mental health, support with studying etc. As well as this, monthly cohort meetings are arranged with the cohort manager to raise any issues you may be having with studies or on the job.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
BPP provide good support with regular emails and updates to check up on you to see where you're at with your studying. Any issues can then be raised over email or on the online forums to help resolve any issues to do with exam technique or basic understanding of the information.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Slightly as it keeps your mind fresh. However, the CIMA qualification doesn't help me massively when it comes to pricing a car. My main reason for working towards getting qualified is the CIMA qualification provides you with credibility and makes you stand out from the rest. It also gives you a broader range of knowledge in the finance/economics world.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
There are social event invitations sent out frequently per department for football, bowling and nights out. There is always something to get involved in, especially at a company the size of JLR with many employees. Networking is made very easy as well with function and departmental meetings every year and every quarter, respectively.
9a. Would you recommend Jaguar Land Rover to a friend?
JLR is a great place to work with many opportunities for development in your career, with many different departments that you can look within to find which your personal skills suit best. The facilities are outstanding. The rewards and benefits are also very generous and the opportunity to say you've worked at a blue chip company at such a young age is a huge factor when I came to applying for a job here.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Jaguar Land Rover?
Complete an honest and open application, constructed by yourself, providing a range of examples from past experiences. If you then make it through the tests and to the assessment centre; research and learn about JLR inside out. The group exercise, take the lead if possible but not in an aggressive manner, it should come naturally and integrate other group members into the discussion to solving the problem presented. In the presentation, use the knowledge from your research you've done and articulate as best you can in a professional manner. Finally, in the one-to-one interview, expand on what you wrote in your application at the very start of the recruitment process, giving extra detail to how you've developed certain skills from past experiences you've had. Try to add a little empathy to the conversation, if you sound like a robot the interviewer may think you've just memorised all this ready to regurgitate to them. Everything should come naturally. Nerves are there of course as expected, but the way you act and perform on the day will show your true self so just focus on being you rather than somebody else!
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