Work Placement / Internship

Vehicle Quality Testing (July 2019)

6 Month Placement

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Share your passion for getting hands-on with us.

We believe in creating an environment where our interns really can learn by doing during their time with us and where they are given their own areas of responsibilities from the start. That’s why our experts treat you as part of the team from day one, encourage you to bring your own ideas to the table – and give you the opportunity to really show what you can do. Plant Oxford is the birthplace and heart of MINI production. Manufactured to individual customer specifications, hundreds of MINIs leave the plant’s assembly lines each day, off to meet new owners in more than 110 countries around the world. Since production of the new MINI started in 2001, almost 3 million cars have been made at Plant Oxford.

Three UK plants have had a part to play in MINI production – Plant Hams Hall makes engines, Plant Swindon produces body pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI, and all this comes together at Plant Oxford with body shell production, paint and final assembly.

To ensure that we are continually developing our workforce, we are looking for talented and motivated people who will inspire and shape our future business. Each year we offer a number of internship opportunities and are keen to hear from you if you are currently studying an undergraduate degree and are on track for a 2:1 or 1st class final result.

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Vehicle Quality Testing

The Vehicle reliability team are looking for an intern starting July 2019 to support with our vehicle quality testing. Reporting directly to the Reliability Manager; the successful candidate will be driving and testing vehicles, assessing faults by dynamic test drive analysis. They will need to ensure all testing guidelines are followed and will need to log incidents raised during the testing process and record them promptly and steer them into the BMW problem resolution system.

This is a great opportunity to get hands on with our vehicles, you will be providing customer orientated evaluation on a range of MINI vehicles in various specifications, enabling faults to be reported quickly to enable solutions to be put in place.

Key Accountabilities

  • Inspect and assess cars for any aesthetic or technical faults.
  • Record concerns, update reports and raise incidents.
  • Liaise with internal vehicle users and specialist vehicle auditors to monitor vehicle quality.
  • Liaise with Engineering departments and co-ordinate analysis of the vehicles.
  • Generate reports for management presentations.


We offer a competitive salary of £17,500 per annum and a range of benefits including a pension scheme, generous holiday allowance and a subsidised on-site restaurant. As an intern you will also have the opportunity to take part in the testing of new vehicles through one of our car schemes. Throughout your internship you will be supported by our experts in your chosen field, as well as being surrounded by many fellow interns.

Application Process

The application process is as follows:

  • Stage 1: Online application form*
  • Stage 2: Online ability tests (To be completed within 5 days of receipt).
  • Stage 3: Telephone interview with the recruitment team.
  • Stage 4: Face to face interview/assessment centre with the hiring manager.

*If you do not complete the free text questions your application will not be progressed.

Please note that our Undergraduate Placement opportunities are only open to students who will be returning to their final year of study following their placement with us.

Qualifications and experience

  • A valid UK/EU Driving License.
  • A relevant Business or Engineering degree, on track to achieve a minimum 2:1 or equivalent.
  • A keen eye for detail.
  • Manage the daily movement of cars in and out of the department.
  • Ability to communicate professionally with a wide range of stakeholders at varying levels in the business.
  • A passion for the automotive industry.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 1900024E
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Opportunity Overview

  • June 2nd, 2019
  • £17,500 (pro rata) + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • 6 months
  • Oxford
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical

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