200 jobs up for grabs at Sunderland Nissan plant

Nissan new model engineer Josh Blythe.
Nissan new model engineer Josh Blythe.
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NISSAN is to create up to 200 jobs as it gears up for the arrival of two new models at its Wearside plant.

The firm has launched a major new recruitment campaign to support its current production, the introduction of electric vehicle technology, and the development of the Leaf and new Qashqai.

Vice-president for manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick, said: “Nissan is actively recruiting for new engineers and maintenance technicians to join our highly-skilled workforce at our Sunderland plant.

“These new recruits will play a key role not only in maintaining our record production levels, but in making sure that our battery plant and future new models are introduced successfully.”

The company announced in March last year it would build the new electric Leaf vehicle at its Washington plant, underpinned by a £20.7million investment.

The decision to build the cars and their specialist batteries at the plant helped safeguard 2,250 jobs at Nissan and across the Wearside supply chain.

Building on this success, the company has launched a new website – www.careersatnissan.co.uk – for prospective employees which will provide details of the new jobs, information about the plant and the benefits of living and working in Sunderland.

Posts being advertised include production engineers, facility engineers, QA engineers, press die maintenance technicians, battery tooling technicians and facilities maintenance technicians.

Parts quality assurance engineer Rachel Williams, 25, who has worked at the plant since 2007, believes the company has a lot to offer new staff.

She said: “The thing that first attracted me to Nissan was that the company was willing to help new engineers to progress and develop.

“I’m responsible for approximately 60 suppliers, looking at their processes and products, auditing them, improving the quality assurance of their parts and reacting to concerns we get on the production line.

“It’s a happy place to work. I enjoy coming to work every day, which I’m not sure a lot of people can say.

“You have a different job to do every day.”

Press shop engineer Josh Blythe, 26, joined Nissan following his Masters degree, and is now helping to plan for the start of Leaf production in 2013.

“I would describe Nissan as fast-paced, cross-functional, and very exciting,” he said.

“At the moment I’m looking at a number of different production plans and capacity plans, to figure out how the press shop will produce the parts for the Leaf.

“Since joining Nissan, I feel as though I’ve developed a lot and in parallel have been working towards, and recently achieved, recognition as a professional chartered engineer.”

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