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Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) is where we lead the way in vehicle design and development

Based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, our UK research and development hub is home to the functions that help us design and develop the vehicles manufactured in our European plants. 

With more than 900 people based here from over 25 different countries, it’s a hive of ideas, imagination, and vision, based in open-plan spacious offices designed to encourage cross-functional collaboration. The teams at the Cranfield Nissan Technical Centre work to develop engineering and design requirements for new car models across the world. Here you’ll find departments such as Research & Development, Product Economic Control, Purchasing, Legal, HR, Finance and Total Customer Satisfaction, all enjoying modern on-site facilities like our gym, sports and social club.

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As well as company-wide perks like a car scheme, company pension scheme and private healthcare, you’ll also be able to use the facilities at our on-site gym and Sports & Social club, including subsidised gym memberships, sports teams and discounted priority tickets for local events.  

Life as a Graduate

Several of our graduate schemes are based here at NTCE, including Procurement, Finance, R&D, Total Customer Satisfaction (TCS)and Marketing. It’s an exciting place to kick-start your career, with unbeatable perks and plenty of support. At NTCE we develop your leadership, teamwork, assertiveness, presentation, financial and problem-solving skills to enable you to become a leader of the future.


A one-year placement at NTCE offers a unique opportunity to put your theory from university into practice in a fast-paced, buzzing atmosphere. Our students are a source of new ideas, working methods and technologies to keep us at the cutting edge of our industry.


Our departments share one common goal – delivering excellence to our customers.  Across all of our departments, from R&D to HR, we have access to inspirational and innovative shared spaces, communal areas and the best in technology.  Our culture is driven by innovation, challenge, reward and diversity.

Research & dEVELOPMENT

In Nissan R&D you’ll find an exciting melange of engineers and research experts, working together to enable the design and development/test of vehicle systems and components for new and existing Nissan models. The teams thrive on working cross-functionally across the business and with suppliers to create the optimum solutions and produce the best product for our customers. From conception through to manufacture and beyond, teams in areas such as Body Design, Chassis Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Quality & Interior Engineering, Vehicle Quality Promotion, Project Management, Customer-Orientated Engineering, and Test & Operation all contribute to the development of our vehicles.

Quality & Total Customer Satisfaction

Our Quality & Total Customer Satisfaction department utilise data from our customers to improve our products, from initial concept stage right through to the market. From conducting investigations with our customers in the field to working with people from across the business to determine the root cause of concerns, interpreting the Voice of the Customer to determine targets and strategy or ensuring that our newest vehicles meet the expectations of our customers is the key focus of this strategic department.

Product Economic Control

The mission of Product Economic Control is to develop and maintain a world-class cost management capability for Nissan to allow our business to continue to grow globally. Product Economic Control’s core role within Nissan is the control of vehicle lifecycle costs. These control processes afford the business opportunities to maximise profit. Within the team we have a strong team ethic with individuals focused on team-playing, interaction and collaboration. 

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Our European Procurement function is fast-paced and full of variety. Procurement at Nissan isn’t about playing off one supplier against another to achieve the lowest price possible – we do things differently here. We place quality first, so we source suppliers who can achieve the performance standards we expect, then we work with them to continually reduce costs without compromising these high standards.


Our Cranfield HR department is a small but mighty function for the people working at NTCE. As the point of contact for all departments based here, our HR team works with a high level of responsibility and employee-centred approach.


The European Legal Team supports Nissan’s business operations in Europe and on a global scale. The Purchasing, Technology and Data Protection section of the European Legal Team is based in our Nissan Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, working together to support the business by providing strategic legal support on various legal and commercial issues.

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