Here we learn more about how our EDS Team go about bringing together thousands of components, with a team comprising of hundreds dotted across the globe and do it all while exemplifying our Creators’ Code.
Sitting within our Digital Product Platform (DPP) branch of Product Engineering, our Electrical Distribution System (EDS) team are the facilitators of innovation for our business and thriving while living our Creators’ Code.
At a base level, EDS covers all of the harnesses that sit within our vehicles. This includes plenty of bespoke wiring, thousands of connectors and components and much more that allows hundreds of modules and sensors to come together and function as one.
In an Agile framework, the EDS function includes over 250 colleagues from four continents across the globe working on every program across the board.
As with all functions across the business, collaboration is key and the team recently came together for EDS International day which involved wellbeing activities, knowledge-sharing sessions and networking – truly encapsulating our Creators’ Code.
Hosted in Gaydon’s B523, the day was built around the EDS Vision Statement:
"An environment in which everyone feels valued, has a passion for efficient, sustainable engineering, and where people and products are positively connected."
With plenty of them together, many for the very first time, there was a perfect opportunity for the team that connects us to connect with each other.
The day kicked off with an origins activity, where colleagues placed a pin on a map of the world to show where they were from.
Afterwards, the team got to unite through the cars they work tirelessly on. A vehicle ride and drive, involving a version of every product they produce, allowed the team to take to the tarmac and see things from the perspective of the customers that we provide for.
Taking a drive in our cars provided many benefits to the team. Many of the EDS colleagues who have been with Jaguar Land Rover for a number of years had never previously sat behind the wheel of the finished product.
Doing so provided them with a new appreciation and had a lasting impact on the team who are still talking about the experience months later!
After being energised by doing doughnuts and figures of eight around Gaydon… okay, no dangerous stunts, but following their test drive, the team had the opportunity to go to a number of different webinars focused on health and wellbeing and technical, system and process awareness.
Knowledge-sharing, team-bonding and learning was a continuous theme throughout the day, giving the benefit of helping the team grow and develop in their confidence and EDS expertise.