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Nissan Sunderland (NMUK) is the beating heart of our UK manufacturing operations

It’s here at Nissan Sunderland that the first Nissan Bluebird for commercial sale rolled off the production line in 1986, and it’s here that we’re driving forward Nissan EV36Zero, a £1 billion project to create the world’s first EV manufacturing ecosystem.

More than 6,000 of our workforce are based here, across a 362,000m2 side of world-leading manufacturing excellence. The site is also home to its own solar and wind farms, vehicle test track and facilities like our sports and social complex and medical centre.

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Trim & Chassis Maintenance Stand-In Supervisor

“The days fly by here at Nissan Sunderland. I love the high energy, fast-paced environment, you walk into something different every day.”

Dan thrives on the fast pace in Trim & Chassis, the department where our cars are put together and an environment that’s unlike any other at Nissan. The Plant relies on Dan’s team – if something stops here then production grinds to a halt. He loves this high level of responsibility and the excitement that comes with it. It’s ideal for someone like Dan who excels under pressure.


Employees based at Nissan Sunderland have access to all the benefits you’d expect from the region’s biggest employer. As well as company-wide perks like a car scheme, company pension scheme and private healthcare, you’ll also be able to choose subsidised membership from two on-site gyms, make use of our medical centre and use the facilities at our sports and social complex.


We are driving towards a more sustainable future, using our purpose, products and technology to deliver the future of mobility today. EV36Zero will transform Nissan Sunderland into a flagship EV hub, bringing together electric vehicles, renewable energy and battery production, and setting a blueprint for the future of the automotive industry. The project brings together a new electric crossover for our plant, the Envision-AESC gigafactory, and the renewable electric microgrid and forms part of Amibition 2030, Nissan’s journey towards carbon neutrality.

Learning & Development

With thousands of roles across a multitude of departments and functions, Nissan UK is brimming with the opportunity to progress. Diversity is one of our workforce super powers and we thrive on helping employees to experience as much of Nissan as possible through learning and development opportunities. Career pathways are wide and varied, with cross-functionality, lateral and upwards progression and the support and learning tools you need to get there.

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Life in Maintenance

Our Maintenance Technicians are responsible for performing reactive and planned maintenance on a wide range of world-leading equipment at our state-of-the-art Sunderland manufacturing base, as well as working on cross-functional projects to help us keep us at the top of our game.

Life in Engineering

We thrive on diversity here at Nissan – the power of our engineers lies in their differences, and we are flexible around the engineer path you would like to take. In return we offer a culture where your personality and engineering style can shine through, with real autonomy to drive changes in the business and the opportunity to develop breadth and depth of skills.

Life as an Apprentice

An apprenticeship at Nissan is like no other. Our schemes offer you the chance to kickstart your career with a real taste of what life is like working at a world-leading car manufacturer, while gaining qualifications from an Ofsted “Outstanding”-rated training provider. It’s a challenging role but you’ll have support every step of the way and be rewarded with a competitive salary alongside opportunities to socialise and get involved with the wider business.

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Life in production

Our Manufacturing Staff are the people who build our most important asset – our world-leading vehicles. Life on the line is fast paced and challenging, with everyone performing a vital role in producing thousands of vehicles like the Qashqai, Juke and LEAF every single week. It’s not an environment for the faint of heart, but one where hard workers thrive, with plenty of progression opportunities for those who are hungry to succeed.

Life in our Offices

Our manufacturing plant production is supported by a powerful team of professionals based in our on-site offices. Including Health & Safety, HR, Communications, Learning & Development, Finance, Purchasing, ISD and Supply Chain Management, each department brings out the best in their specialist skills in an open culture of collaborative and transparent working.

Graduates & Placements

Our Nissan Sunderland placement and graduate schemes give you hands-on experience, working on multi-million pound projects all over the world. Whatever your degree, if you are ambitious and willing to learn, then a Nissan graduate or placement scheme may be for you.

Just starting?

Onboarding at Nissan

Starting at Nissan an exciting challenge, full of possibilities, and there will be a lot to take in at first. Here is where you’ll find all the information you need to get started, understand your new company, our culture and where to go when you need support or have a query. It’s great to have you on board and we hope you enjoy your journey with us.

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