There are very few iconic British brands that inspire such strong emotions, palpable pride and excitement, and are universally synonymous with innovation as Jaguar Land Rover. With an enviable pedigree for design, innovation and engineering excellence, Jaguar Land Rover remain a very British success.
Since separation from Ford Motor Company and acquisition by Tata, the fortunes of Jaguar Land Rover have been well documented. Jaguar Land Rover has delivered a period of substantial and unprecedented business transformation, change and growth on the global stage.
From a very early stage IT was recognised as being a critical commercial contributor in the transition to a stand alone business, and beyond. With a fast changing business landscape, IT has needed to evolve rapidly. The ‘maintain, manage and run’ model of the Ford era has been replaced by a more agile, proactive and commercially aligned function. IT is a commercial contributor and generator of business value through well executed project and programmes, and business led innovation.
With a clear commitment to the acquisition of talent, Jaguar Land Rover have sought to challenge themselves right across the business and target high performing individuals, who can competitively fit into succession plans. At the very heart of the IT transformation has been the acquisition of a new cadre of leadership. Critical to the repositioning, and ongoing development of IT as a source of business improvement and competitive advantage has been the recruitment of IT professionals who can deliver real impact. Able to face off to, influence and lead senior business leaders, the new breed of senior IT leaders bring deep expertise in delivering commercially aligned change, transformation and improvement to all aspects of business landscape; people, process and technology. Our recruitment solutions have delivered candidates with the instinct to act as a senior business leader first, and a technology practitioner second.
Working in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, Berwick Partners & Odgers Berndtson have successfully assimilated a deep understanding of the culture and ambition of the business. This degree of access and true sense of partnership has enabled us to successfully complete numerous assignments on behalf of Jaguar Land Rover globally. In particular IT has seen a substantial culture and capability change. Recruiting talent able to deliver the future IT & business landscape has been critical to success. Jaguar Land Rover has an exceptional IT leadership team, attuned to the demands of the business and able to deliver mission critical technology enabled business transformation. We are delighted to have been a part of shaping this team with the appointment of the Group CIO and three key members of his direct leadership team; CTO, IT Business Relationship Director, and IT Portfolio Director. This success has further extended into the recruitment of key hires across the IT function including senior Enterprise Architecture talent as a part of the CTO’s team.