A driving force in automotive development

A chance for real responsibility and experience in a challenging and diverse environment. At Cranfield we provide hands-on experience and the opportunity to get involved in multi-million pound projects with global impact.  Everyone within Nissan has come to expect the best opportunities at every stage of their career. We don’t let them down.

BENEFITS

Joining Nissan as a placement in Cranfield gives you access to our outstanding benefits package, including 26 days’ annual leave and paid overtime.

Salary of £18,757

Fitness centre

Paid overtime and time in lieu

26 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays

Travel opportunities (dependent on role)

LIFE ON PLACEMENT IN CRANFIELD

We offer real work, in real jobs, through real opportunities. Our 1-Year placements are a great chance to take theory from university and put it into practice in a fast-paced,exciting environment. Our students are a source of new ideas, working methods and technologies to keep us at the cutting edge of our industry. A placement scheme is an opportunity to open your eyes to career opportunities and the world of work, which can ultimately lead to higher grades when completing your degree. Prove yourself and this could be the start of a brilliant career

Located in the heart of Bedfordshire,the teams at Nissan Technical Centre at Cranfield work to develop engineering and design requirements for new car models across the world.  There are a variety of departments on-site including: Research & Development, Purchasing, Total Customer Satisfaction and smaller Finance, Legal & HR departments. As a placement student, you will receive a mentor from day one and formal training. We develop your leadership, teamwork, assertiveness, presentation, financial and problem-solving skills to enable you to become a leader of the future.

World-class Design

We are the UK site of our Centre of Excellence for design and development of vehicles manufactured in our European plants. Design & Development, Purchasing, Production Engineering & QA functions are all integrated on this site.

Trust

Here at Nissan Cranfield you will find yourself in a real position of trust and responsibility from day one. We encourage your ideas, imagination and vision as we understand that they will ensure our customers enjoy modern and attractive vehicles

Development

At Nissan Cranfield, we believe that our employees strengthen our business. We realise our employees’ full potential, therefore we are committed to supporting their ongoing training and development. Through our well-established performance management process and our targeted learning and development we aim to provide our people with exciting and innovative opportunities.

Application Process
Online application Question

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 covering letter and will 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

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, Cranfield.

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 2-3 questions set by the hiring manager. 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.

Assessment centre

If your initial application is successful, we will then invite you to an assessment centre either on-site at Nissan Cranfield 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 Cranfield employees. We all know how you’re feeling but try to relax and enjoy yourself!

Final interview

Sometimes you will be asked back for a 2nd 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 job offer from us. Once you have accepted you will receive a medical questionnaire to complete online and 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.

Email communication

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!