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MINI Plant Oxford - Manufacturing Optimisation: Engineering & Systems - 13 Month Placement (July 2023)


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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. Three UK plants have 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.

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MINI Plant Oxford - Manufacturing Optimisation: Engineering & Systems - 13 Month Placement (July 2023)

We are looking for a confident and eager to learn individual to join our Body In White team here at MINI Plant Oxford. Body In White Production is responsible for the first stages of the MINI production journey at Plant Oxford. This involves using our joining technologies and processes such as spot and stud welding, critical to the build of a strong and sturdy car. In order to stay ahead of our competitors, specific focus is placed on developing our processes and technology. These developments can not only stabilise our systems, but can also allow for innovative improvements in performance, quality, and efficiency, something you will be a key and valued member of developing throughout your time with us. 

What will you be doing?

  • Analysing production systems to identify faults and provide feasible solutions. You will manage the end-to-end process from fault identification right through to solution implementation.
  • Supporting the integration of new models and the engineering changes that may come with this.
  • Using skills developed in your academic studies to complete research, analysis, and benchmarking to investigate potential process improvements, aiming to enhance the quality and efficiency (time and cost) of our engineering processes. 
  • Supporting the rollout of our current innovation programmes through communication, analysis, and output.
  • Supporting new manufacturing facility and system improvements through the use of industrial engineering, business improvement, and value stream analysis.
  • You will also be a part of our business enabler project teams to ensure our organisation is engaging our people.


  • Studying towards a bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business, or a related field and on track to achieve at least a 2:2. 
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office software such as Excel. Additionally, knowledge of SAP is advantageous but not essential.
  • Good organisational and time management skills, coupled with the ability to show high attention to detail in every task.
  • An ability to adapt your working approach depending on specific requirements. This will include prioritising activities, working under pressure, multi-tasking, and problem solving.
  • An excellent team player who possesses strong interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, allowing you to liaise with individuals at different levels of the business.

Why choose us?

  • Great Pay – A competitive annual salary of £21,000, 27 days' holiday per annum (pro rata to your contract) and an attractive pension scheme.
  • Rewarding Work-Life Balance – Contracted working hours are 40 hours a week Monday to Friday, helping you develop a fulfilling work-life balance.
  • Exciting Additional Benefits – You will have the opportunity to enjoy other employee benefits, including access to our Advantages scheme which gives you a range of offers and discounts, and a subsidised on-site restaurant.

What are we responsible for?

  • Supporting you in your training and ensuring you settle into your role and feel welcomed.
  • Working sustainably and ethically.
  • Providing you with the opportunity to bring your own ideas and develop yourself.
  • Ensuring you are happy with your work-life balance and feel as though your contribution to the business is being valued.
  • Encouraging you to develop your soft skills such as creating working relationships, communicating effectively, delivering presentations and gaining confidence in your own ability, supporting you in both your return to university and your future career.

What do you need to do now?

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, then apply today using the link below.

The next stages of the recruiting process could include: online testing, a video interview and then a face to face or virtual interview with the hiring manager.

Please note:

We operate rolling recruitment, this means we may close the application window earlier than identified, if sufficient applications are received, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Please ensure that you complete all of the free text questions for your application to be progressed, and include a role relevant cover letter, explaining why we should consider you for this position.

To be eligible for this position, you must be returning to your studies, for a minimum of 6 months, after completion of this placement, and be able to provide proof of your legal right to work in the UK, if you are not a UK passport holder.  

We are committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting: July 2023
  • Starting Salary: £21,000 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above (expected)
  • 13 months
  • Oxford
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aeronautics
  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical

Also Accepting...

  • All STEM disciplines

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