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MINI Plant Oxford - Paint Shop Product and Process Engineering - 13 Month Placement (July 2023)


We believe in creating an environment where you, our placement student, can learn and develop during your time with us and where you are given your own areas of responsibility 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 show what you can really 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 had 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.


MINI Plant Oxford – Paint Shop Product and Process Engineering - 13 Month Placement (July 2023)

We are looking for a confident and eager to learn individual to join our Paint Shop Engineers for a 13 month placement in our state of the art paint shop. Our team ensure that the manufacturing process, products, programmes, tooling, and parameters are developed, defined, and adhered to. This involves continuously monitoring the processes and products to ensure compliance and specifications are achieved specifically in the pre-treatment, phosphating, and e-coat production process. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to begin your career in product and process engineering, working for the world’s leading premium automotive manufacturers and operating as a key and valued member of our team.

 What will you be doing?

  • Gaining an understanding of the Paint Shop’s manufacturing, conformance, and quality management processes. This will allow you to support the implementation of actions and measures to resolve problems and improve our processes.
  • Exploring long-term sustainability developments from both inside and outside of the automotive industry, research that may be used to improve our processes. 
  • Actively contributing towards and participating in relevant meetings, workshops, and projects, using academically acquired skills and knowledge to provide an alternative perspective and support the business in process improvement.
  • Preparing monthly reporting by compiling and calculating usage and emissions.
  • Maintaining water usage data to ensure optimum efficiency of Reverse Osmosis.
  • Supporting the Paint Shop department by taking on hands-on activities when required.

Qualifications and experience

  • Studying towards a bachelor's degree in the field of Engineering and on track to achieve at least a 2:2.
  • IT literate, including a high level of competency in Microsoft Office software such as Excel and PowerPoint. 
  • Able to compile and analyse data, determining results based on this.
  • A team player, willing to support Associates and Managers as required. 
  • Proactive, with a ‘hands on’ approach and a positive ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Confident and willing to share ideas.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • A drive to improve, being open to taking new ideas on board.
  • Strong time management, allowing multiple topics and tight deadlines to be managed.


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, giving you access to 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, a one-way video interview, and then a face to face, telephone, or virtual interview with the hiring manager. 

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. Please also 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 31st January 2023

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MINI Plant Oxford - Paint Shop Product and Process Engineering - 13 Month Placement (July 2023)

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