We don’t build cars, we enable cars to be built!
From procuring and installing innovative solutions to achieve maximum output, to root cause analysis and resolving quality issues, on our Engineering Graduate Scheme you’ll be supporting all areas of the manufacturing operation, ensuring seamless production of more than 500,000 cars every year. Engineering is a key function offering a full spectrum of roles covering Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacturing, Automotive and Chemical Engineering.
We combine practical engineering with project coordination using cross-functional teamwork. Truly embedded into the production process, engineers enjoy a mixture of desk-based work such as CAD and specification writing alongside real-world activities such as line trials and equipment buy off. We continually question methods, seek areas to improve and identify creative alternatives.
Salary of £31,314 rising every 6 months, ending on £38,134
Company pension programme
Company share scheme
Car ownership scheme
Paid overtime and time in lieu
Sports and leisure complex
26 days annual leave plus bank holidays
Travel opportunities (dependent on role)
- Must have or expect to achieve a 2:1 in a STEM related degree
- You must have permission to live and work in the UK without restriction at the time of hire
- A willingness to learn with a passion for engineering
- Strong analytical skills to assist with root-cause studies
- Excellent communication and leadership skills
- Creative and forward thinking
- Ability to adapt to a fast-paced organisation
- A good working knowledge of MS Office applications and CAD systems
- Geographically mobile
As with all new graduates, you will spend your first few weeks working on the production line – this experience is vital in giving you a firm understanding of our business. Thereafter, you will be given exposure to other functions before being assigned to a team of engineers where you will develop specialised knowledge within a particular area.
Initiative, confidence and a proactive approach are essential qualities in our engineers, because you are not just responding to issues, you are looking for areas to improve, finding out how systems can operate to maximum efficiency, questioning methods and suggesting creative alternatives. With our exceptional training and development (including support to study for Chartered Engineer status), the guidance of experienced engineers, and your own natural ability, you’ll find yourself meeting challenges head on and dealing with all situations that arise.
Your responsibilities on the Engineering Graduate Scheme will be dependent on which section of the Engineering Department you will work in. These include:
- Current Model Engineering and Production Support
- Quality Improvement
- Cost Reduction
- Facility Efficiency Improvements
- New Model Introduction and Facility Planning
- Vehicle Design for Manufacture
- Strategic Planning
- Technical Support
- Quality Assurance
- Health and Safety
Once you have decided which department you would like to apply for, you will need to complete a short online application form through clicking apply on the job page. You will need to upload a CV and answer some questions confirming your suitability for the role. Your application should be concise but showcase your relevant skills and experience. Don’t forget to research us in more detail to enhance your online application.
Values-based assessment* (*Graduate Schemes only)
You will receive a link to complete an online assessment. Here, you just need to be honest, it is important that our values are aligned with each other and this is how we assess your fit with the organisation. There are no trick questions so please just be authentic and true to yourself in your answers, we need to ensure that we take graduates that are going to be happy and thrive in our working environment at Nissan, Sunderland.
Pre-recorded video interview
Following the values based assessment, you will be invited to answer a few questions through our Cloud-based video interviewing partners, Shine. Don’t be alarmed by this, it is a very quick and easy process which helps us make the right decision, saving both ourselves and you time. You will be required to answer some questions set by the hiring manager. The first question will be a practice, so you will have plenty of time to prepare before you answer the real questions. Make sure you are in a quiet room with plenty of lighting and appropriate interview attire.
If your initial application is successful, we will then invite you to an assessment centre either on-site at Nissan Sunderland or at a neighbouring venue. During the assessment there are various activities where we will be able to learn more about you and how you deal with different scenarios. Either on the day or a week later, you may be asked to deliver a short presentation and prepare for a competency based interview. Your interview will be with a select panel from our recruitment team. During the interview we will give you a chance to really showcase what you can do and understand your motivations for the job. At the end of the interview you will get the chance to ask us any questions that you may have too. We understand that this stage can be daunting but it is a great way for you to meet other candidates and Nissan Sunderland employees. We all know how you’re feeling but try to relax and enjoy yourself!
Sometimes you will be asked back for a second interview, this will be dependent on department and is normally an informal interview to discuss your specific organisational fit. Throughout all of this stage, we want you to feel as relaxed as possible. We know that interviews can be nerve-wracking but just be yourself and try not to worry about getting anything wrong.
Job offer and medical
Well done, you’ve got the job! You will now receive a conditional job offer from us. Once you have accepted we will invite you to a half hour medical, which is mandatory for all new starters at Nissan, Sunderland. A contract will then be sent to you in the post, which you will need to sign and send back to us. Now the pressure is off, you’ve done it! Try relax and give yourself time to prepare for your new adventure. Please note – at this stage, you will be required to bring proof of your right to live and work in the UK to your medical.
We will keep you up-to-date with your application via email. Of course, we try to progress applications as quickly as we can but we have lots of graduates applying so don’t panic if you haven’t heard from us straight away!