Material and Process Analysis Placement (BMW Plant Hams Hall) Birmingham July 2024

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We are seeking a student to join our Material and Process Analysis department at Plant Hams Hall for 13 Months commencing July 2024. If you have an inquisitive mind, a passion for Materials Engineering or Chemistry, a love of cars and a thirst for knowledge about premium quality engine and car production, then this could be the opportunity for you. The Material and Process Analysis department is a worldwide network, supporting every production site within the BMW Group. The team in the UK provides expertise in all forms of material testing and analysis to ensure the quality of our products continually improves.

What will you be doing?

  • Performing failure analysis to understand root causes and recommend solutions.
  • Working with production to refine existing processes.
  • Supplier liaison and new supplier qualification.
  • Quality assurance work to ensure specifications are met.
  • Metallurgical analysis as well as basic chemical analysis.


Studying towards a Bachelor's degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Mechanical or Automotive Engineering with Chemistry/Materials modules and on track to achieve a 2:2 or above.

  • Be able to undertake a large programme of self-directed work.
  • Basic experience in using analytical equipment would be preferable.
  • Preferably have a full driving licence as there will be the chance to make use of the excellent existing network within the UK (Oxford, Swindon and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at Goodwood) with visits and support.
  • Good material knowledge and basic chemistry knowledge.
  • Customer orientated focus.
  • Good communicator.
  • Self-assured and self-sufficient.

Why choose us?

  • Great Pay - A competitive annual salary of £22,700, 26 days holiday per annum (pro rata to your contract), and an attractive pension scheme.
  • Rewarding Work-Life Balance - Contracted working hours are 37 hours a week with a half-day on a 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, giving you access to a range of offers and discounts, an on-site gym, 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 one-way video interview, and then a face to face, telephone, 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. Please also 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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