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MINI Plant Swindon - New Model Sub-Assembly, Product and Process Optimisation - 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.

MINI Plant Swindon is an integral part of The BMW Group’s production triangle. 90% of the body components for the MINI – including all the skin panels and closure assemblies – originate at BMW Group Plant Swindon. We’re proud of our achievements, some of which include:

  • Our production of 350 different types of pressed parts for the MINI body shell using 15 fully automated press lines.
  • Our zero waste to landfill philosophy; none of the materials we use are sent to landfill.
  • The opportunity to get involved with our continued to support to our house charity with a variety of fundraising events throughout the year


MINI Plant Swindon - New Model Sub-Assembly, Product and Process Optimisation - 13 Month Placement (July 2023)

Sub-Assembly is a key part of the MINI production system. Taking pressed panels from the Swindon Press Shop and parts brought in from external suppliers, we join parts together using laser welding, resistance welding, adhesive sealer, and many other advanced manufacturing techniques. 100+ associates work alongside over 250 robots and now 14 Auto-Guided Vehicles to build 39 unique Assemblies which are shipped to MINI Plant Oxford as well as the wider BMW network (Europe, China, etc). Precision engineering and excellent process and quality control, enabled by an experienced and enthusiastic team, make Sub-Assembly an exciting opportunity for someone looking to learn, contribute, and develop in a high-performance team.

What will you be doing?

  • Supporting the transition from pre-series to series manufacturing of the next generation of Mini hang-on parts in the Sub-Assembly production system.
  • Using and analysing complex data from multiple sources to steer the team toward valuable performance improvements. 
  • Observing the process and learning to use robust problem-solving techniques, leading to sustainable success. 
  • Coordinating meetings and presenting findings to relevant colleagues at all levels of the business.
  • Helping to make long-term process changes to support a controlled build standard, considering time, quality, and cost.

Qualifications and experience

  • Studying towards a bachelor's degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Automotive etc.), Manufacturing, IT, or a related field and on track to achieve at least a 2:2.
  • Prior work experience is desirable but not essential. 
  • Strong IT skills, with experience using PowerBI, Excel or similar software to present data being especially valuable. 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Self-motivated and able to handle responsibility whilst working independently, following findings and testing theories.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • A full UK driver’s licence would be preferred, coupled with a willingness to travel to other Plants and potentially to suppliers. 


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 36 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, 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: Sunday 30th April 2023

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MINI Plant Swindon - New Model Sub-Assembly, Product and Process Optimisation - 13 Month Placement (July 2023)

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