JLR jobs fest begins as bosses pick up top industry awards

JLRrecruitThe fairy story that is Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) under the ownership of the Indian steel-making conglomerate Tata continues to be happy but shows no signs of ending.

Yesterday, the company’s CEO Dr Ralf Speth picked up an industry award from a jury of leading European journalists “in recognition of his significant contribution in transforming the fortunes of the leading British business and its iconic motoring marques”. Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Design Director, picked up the best design award.

Meanwhile, JLR yesterday began the recruitment of the 1,700 new jobs first announced in last September 2013. The first phase will recruit more than 500 semi-skilled production operator jobs to support the production of new vehicles at the firm’s Solihull site.

The recruitment of the 1,700 new jobs will be conducted in three phases with the next two kicking off later this year and early in 2015

William Wigley (pictured), an aluminium body shop group leader at the company said: “For job seekers at any stage of life, a job is important but also the opportunity to progress in your career and look to the future is equally important.  I have never been so proud to work for a global, iconic, world-class manufacturer in my 25 years of working life and am pleased to contribute to this success.”

A recruitment portal where applicants can view available vacancies and apply online is at www.jaguarlandrovercareers.com.

Copyright Ken Hurst 2014


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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