Battery Assembly Centre colleagues celebrate moving into their new home
The first group of colleagues celebrated moving into their new home at the Battery Assembly Centre (BAC) this week.
The 39,000sqm site in Hams Hall will be the manufacturing home to the battery units that will power Jaguar Land Rover’s next generation of electric vehicles.
The facility is not complete yet, however, BAC Operations Director Brendan Hindle gave the first 50 colleagues through the doors a warm welcome, as they prepare to support contractors and suppliers who will be installing tooling and equipment.
Colleagues were served breakfast and watched a presentation from Brendan and Powertrain Operations Director Peter Domeney, before being shown to their new workstations. The welcome was complete as each person received a personalised mug and a container filled with their personal belongings secretly transported from Whitley.
Brendan said: “It’s crucial we get the first experience right in terms of the behaviours we want to instil here. But also in making our people feel informed and special, because they are going to be pivotal to making the Battery Assembly Centre a success.
The senior management team have gone to great lengths to create a culture they hope will nurture the team. This includes no reserved parking for management, standard workwear across all grades, and installing a shop-floor level office so management can be amongst the production process and able to respond quickly.
“This is a proud moment for us all,” Brendan added. “We see the facility going up stage-by-stage and it’s getting more real and exciting.
“For many people it wasn’t just the first day at the facility but also meeting the whole team so this welcome event was also about showing that Team BAC is an easy one to join, and that we’ll do our best to make you feel special when you first walk in.”