Electric Mobility Oxford 11.01.2023

MINI Plant Oxford - Electric Vehicle Battery and Inverter Mechanical Design and Simulation - 13 Month Placement (July 2023)


We be­lieve in cre­ating an envi­ron­ment where our placement students re­ally can learn and develop dur­ing their time with us and where they are giv­en their own ar­eas of responsibilities from the start. Our experts and mentors will treat you as part of the team from day one, encour­aging you to bring your own ideas to the table and giving you the opportunity to re­ally show what you can do.

Plant Oxford is the birthplace and heart of MINI production. Manufactured to individual customer specifications, hundreds of MINIs leave the plant’s assembly lines each day, off to meet new owners in more than 110 countries around the world. Three UK plants have a part to play in MINI production – Plant Hams Hall makes engines, Plant Swindon produces body pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI, and all this comes together at Plant Oxford with body shell production, paint and final assembly.

Electric Vehicle Battery and Inverter Mechanical Design and Simulation - 13 Month Placement

You will have the opportunity to work on two key-components of electric vehicles: The high-voltage-battery and the
inverter. The battery power- and energy density is crucial for the overall range and driving performance of electrified
cars. The inverter links the battery and the electric motor and controls the torque and speed.

Developing technologies and products with significant higher performance for next generation vehicles is the scope of our department. We aim to optimize all aspects of a Li-Ion-Battery and the Inverter including mechanical, thermal and - in case of the battery - chemical aspects and are therefore in close cooperation with international suppliers, universities, institutes and business partners.
Electric drive trains for automotive applications are facing different technical challenges. These include typical automotive
requirements like mechanical fatigue or low weight targets as well as cooling demands and efficiency considerations.

What will you be doing?
- Developing theoretical design solution using methodical approaches
- Detailed mechanical design using CAD as well as the simulation of various components including the cell modules,
inverter components, cooling components and housing parts.
- You will further have the chance to manage the manufacturing of prototypes by suppliers, the assembly and the
- Finally you will gather all learnings from the validation and ensure their implementation in the upcoming sample phases.


- Studying towards a Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, automotive engineering or other relevant fieldy, and on track to achieve a 2:2 or above.
- Experience in CAD design, preferably CATIA V5.
- Basic knowledge of methodical development approaches.
- Basic knowledge of FEM, CFD or thermal simulation software.
- Professional use of Microsoft Office.
- Business fluent English skills.
- Enjoys working independently as well as in an international team environment.

Why choose us?

  • Great Pay – A competitive annual salary of £21,000, 26 days holiday per annum (pro rata to your contract) and an attractive pension scheme.
  • Rewarding Work-Life Balance - Contracted working hours are 37 hours a week, with a half day on a Friday, helping you develop a fulfilling work-life balance.
  • Exciting Additional Benefits – You will have the opportunity to enjoy other employee benefits, including access to our Advantages scheme which gives you a range of offers and discounts, an on-site gym, and a subsidised on-site restaurant.

What are we responsible for?

  • Supporting you in your training and ensuring you settle into your role and feel welcomed.
  • Working sustainably and ethically.
  • Providing you with the opportunity to bring your own ideas and develop yourself.
  • Ensuring you are happy with your work-life balance and feel as though your contribution to the business is being valued.
  • Encouraging you to develop your soft skills such as creating working relationships, communicating effectively, delivering presentations and gaining confidence in your own ability, supporting you in both your return to university and your future career.

What do you need to do now?

If this sounds like the opportunity for you then apply today using the link below.

The next stages of the recruiting process could include: online testing, video interview and then a face to face, telephone or virtual interview with the hiring manager. This may be in the form of an assessment centre.

Please note:

We operate rolling recruitment, this means we may close the application window earlier than identified, if sufficient applications are received, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Please ensure that you complete all of the free text questions for your application to be progressed, and include a role relevant cover letter, explaining why we should consider you for this position.

To be eligible for this position, you must be returning to your studies, for a minimum of 6 months, after completion of this placement, and be able to provide proof of your legal right to work in the UK, if you are not a UK passport holder.  

We are committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Closing date for applications:  Tuesday 14th February 2023

Any further questions? Email us on  hr.services.recruitment@bmwgroup.co.uk


MINI Plant Oxford - Electric Vehicle Battery and Inverter Mechanical Design and Simulation - 13 Month Placement (July 2023)

United Kingdom
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BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd.
BMW Group
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