Manufacturing Graduate Placement - JJS Manufacturing

Salary: Competitive
Location: East Midlands, Leicester
Start date: ASAP
Sectors: Engineering, Manufacturing and Production, Science & Technology

Who we are
As an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider we don’t have our own IP or product designs. We build, test and ship complex industrial products on behalf of other Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). It’s a fast pace environment full of challenges and problem solving. We are therefore looking for people to join us in solving these challenges alongside our clients. Our placement scheme would not be suitable for students looking to further their career in product design or those that are set on becoming a chartered engineer immediately after leaving University.


What we look for
There’s a huge skills gap in the engineering and manufacturing sector which is why we continue to 'grow our own' talent. Our aim is find individuals that are looking to further their career within manufacturing. Ideally we are looking for manufacturing engineering students, however any technical students that show a strong interest in electronics/electro-mechanical manufacturing would also be considered/welcome to apply.


The engineering placement scheme provides an ideal ‘springboard’ onto our engineering graduate scheme and would reduce the length of time required on the graduate scheme down to one year (usually a 2 year program). At the end of the graduate scheme, we expect the candidate to move into a technical engineering role within our business.


Our recruitment process and timescales
We begin advertising our engineering placement scheme in October each year. Successful candidates will be invited to start employment with us in July the following year.


Our 2017/2018 intake schedule looks like this:
• Thursday 16th November 2017 – On-line applications will open so if you would like to apply for a place on our scheme, this is the time to let us know.
• Wednesday 20th December 2017 – Closing date for on-line applications.
• Wk comm 12th February 2018 – We will conduct a series of ‘speed interviews’ via phone/video and then invite those that have been successful through to the next round.
• Wk comm 26th March 2018 (Easter break) - We will conduct formal interviews along with an assessment to challenge logical thinking, communication and team working.
• End of April 2018 (latest) – Offers to join our engineering placement scheme will be made.
• Beginning of July 2018 – Successful candidates will start their placement!


Why choose our engineering placement scheme?
We are an established EMS provider with 34 years of experience delivering complex electronic and electro-mechanical solutions for our customers. During this time we have grown, consistently, and have no intention of standing still. We continue to invest in new people, plant and processes and work closely with a number of blue-chip companies in the industrial sector.


During your placement with us we will deliver a combination of technical and commercial training. We will help you get ‘business ready’ and build up your personal brand for when you are ready to leave University. The outsourcing projects we are involved with are highly varied and no two days are the same. Many of our customers have multiple product ranges and it’s common to support them throughout the entire product life cycle. So, if you are looking for a ‘black and white’ job where every day the workload is the same, this scheme isn’t going to be right for you.


You will be employed by us on a fixed term contract. During this time you will receive 20 days holiday with the option after 6 months to purchase an additional 2 days should you wish. We offer a generous pension scheme, a pleasant and friendly working environment and you will have the opportunity to visit our manufacturing facility located in the Czech Republic.


Our 12 month scheme at a glance


Our engineering placement scheme is designed to provide you with commercial awareness and relevant engineering experience. You will be exposed to every part of our organisation and will meet all members of our senior management team. The first 3 months of your time on site will be getting to know more about us. It’s important you understand how each department relates to another and the roles and responsibilities of all of our staff. After the first 12 weeks you will work alongside a technical/engineering team. Here you will support the team on existing customer or improvement projects as well as taking ownership for your own project.


From an overview perspective, the 4 quarters look like this:
• Q1 – General business overview all departments
• Q2 – Electronics engineering support/project
• Q3 – Electro-mechanical engineering support/project
• Q4 – Production support/project


Salary and reviews
We offer a competitive salary along with regular progress reviews. These quarterly reviews take place with members of our HR, engineering and senior management team and provide you with a formal platform to discuss your progress and raise any queries or questions you have with us. During your time with us we actively encourage you to feedback opportunities and areas for improvements that could be made to the engineering placement scheme moving forward.


Looking to the future
At the end of your placement you will receive a conditional offer from us to join our graduate program. There will also be an opportunity for you to join us during the Christmas and Easter holidays of your last year of study if you so wish.



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