2-year Materials Design & Test Graduate Scheme

Working alongside the existing team focusing on new vehicle development.

£31,314 Nissan Cranfield 24 MONTHS Apply Now

Nissan have continuously invested in Graduates to help support our future growth. Therefore we have developed a structured 24 month programme to support the technical & professional development of the next generation of Nissan Engineers

26 days annual leave + bank holidays

Discretionary UEFA match tickets

Free on-site parking

Salary: £31,314, rising every 6 months, ending on £38,134

Sports and Social committee

Subsidised canteen

Training opportunities

Paid overtime at 1.5x hourly rate

Working hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Fri 8am-1:20pm

The ideal candidates will have a relevant degree in either Material Science, Material Engineering or similar.

  • Minimum 2:1 in a Materials Science or Materials Engineering degree – ideally with evidence of a one-year work placement
  • A creative, forward thinker with excellent communication and team working skills
  • Strong time management and planning skills with the ability to adapt to a fast-paced organisation
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office applications
  • A positive attitude towards travel within the UK & Abroad
  • You must have permission to live and work in the UK without restriction at the time of hire
  • Language Skills: Fluent English speaker, other languages would be an advantage
  • Attention to detail, performing accurate & detailed work
  • Strong communication & interpersonal skills
  • Ability to integrate, interact & work within a team
  • Good time & workload management skills to achieve results
  • Self-motivation – able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable working within deadlines and in a fast paced environment
  • Validating the quality of new steel /aluminium grades, new material suppliers and production process routes for New model sourcing / Cost reduction – Involves project managing laboratory test programmes, coordinate plant line trials, auditing supplier manufacturing process and working very closely with Renault Technical Centre (Paris) counterparts on common alliance validation projects (Nissan specifies Renault material grades / standards for all European produced vehicles). Currently we work with 7 steel suppliers and 4 aluminium suppliers.
  • Working with Nissan Technical Centre in Japan and Renault on the development of new generation steel / aluminium grades (including anti-corrosion coatings) with European suppliers which have higher strength, improved formability, enhanced corrosion resistance.
  • Planning and coordinating the future transition from Renault material standard (GD Norm) to a new Renault-Nissan common alliance standard (RNES) for new vehicle programs.
  • Conducting failure investigation of any component that have experienced concerns either during service in the market or development validation testing – Working with technicians in the materials Laboratory (2 full time staff) to conduct material tests and analysis. Preparing the final report.
  • Generating cost reduction ideas and working with Component Design groups, Material Suppliers, Nissan manufacturing plants (UK, Spain, Russia) to promote implementation of these initiatives.
  • Advising design engineers on suitable material performance properties taking into account conditions components will be subject to in service.
  • Supporting Nissan manufacturing plants with concerns experienced with materials used in-house – Root cause analysis for quality concerns.
  • Researching application of new materials and assembly technologies to deliver vehicle weight reduction.

Once you have selected a vacancy that you are interested in, you will first need to apply online. As part of this application, you will be asked to provide information on your education and career history. You will also be required to submit a current CV for review. It is important that you provide us with relevant and up-to-date information.