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Welcome to Ford

Are you interested in a real job with real responsibility from day one? To work within a diverse working environment where people are respected? To develop your talent in a global business so that you have the opportunity to become one of our future leaders? If yes, then welcome to Ford. 

Global Opportunities

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes vehicles across six continents. With about 202,000 employees and about 65 plants worldwide, the UK is one of our most important markets outside the US, where we employ over 13,000 individuals. 

Our ONE Ford plan is transforming our business. We’ve aligned our organisation into an integrated global team to accelerate the creation of vehicles customers really want, reduce costs, introduce exciting new technology, enhance quality and improve efficiency by eliminating duplicate engineering and purchasing efforts. These changes are designed to further enhance the speed at which Ford is bringing new vehicles to market and are a direct result of our ONE Ford approach that leverages our global resources and expertise. 

Our people are a key part of our ONE Ford approach. Through ONE Ford, you gain new learning opportunities that foster functional and technical excellence, encourage teamwork, promote Ford values and enhance our ability to deliver results. 

Facts about us:

  • Ford Motor Company is a global automotive industry leader, manufacturing and distributing cars and commercial vehicles in around 200 markets around the world
  • Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 67,000 people. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford of Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities, including joint ventures
  • Ford continues to be a market leader in the UK, and is a key player in the European growth markets
  • Our European product line-up is fresh and exciting, from the All-New Ford Fiesta and innovative SUVs such as the Kuga and Edge, to the legendary Ford Mustang

Take your career another step further

We need people to design our vehicles, purchase the components that make them, build the vehicles and market and sell them. We need people to provide us with the best technology to do all of this successfully as well as people that can promote the development of our workforce.

If you want to work with a Company that provides opportunities for your personal career development including meeting exciting challenges within a European and global environment, then explore our careers website to find the opportunity that’s perfect for you.

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  • As you’d expect from an automotive industry leader, Ford salaries are competitive with the ability to progress your salary as you move up through the organisation, but that’s only the beginning:

    Pension You will be eligible to join a competitive pension arrangement
    Holidays Our holidays are generous, at least 26 days each year plus bank holidays to re-charge your batteries. In addition, you would also be entitled to an annual holiday bonus payment
    Car Privilege Scheme You can take advantage of the of the Privilege Car Scheme which means you and members of your family can purchase up to five cars at discounted rate every nine months
    Personal Development Access to a wide range of education, personal development and health and fitness activities which include on-site gyms at most Ford locations
    Employee Development and Assistance Programme (EDAP)
    Initiative to broaden the development of Ford employees by funding approved training
    Work Life Balance Leading maternity policies, offering female employees up to 52 weeks leave from work on full basic pay. In addition, there’s tax relief on childcare vouchers and even an on-site childcare facility at Dunton Technical Centre. Flexible Work arrangements can also be requested by all employees
    Relocation Packages If you need to relocate, we can help with expenses up to a fixed amount

    *Please note Company benefits will differ for Internships, these will be confirmed when formally offered a position.

  • If you’re keen to advance your knowledge and career, you’ll find Ford a perfect fit. 

    One of the main advantages of joining a leading global organisation like Ford is the potential for your career development. 

    We believe in recognising and nurturing your qualities, and giving you the support and opportunities you need to grow professionally. 

    At whatever point in your career you join us, you’ll find a variety of learning programmes available, ranging from national vocational qualifications, to professional and chartered schemes. All are there to help you build on your existing skills and support your future development. 

    You’ll also quickly discover that our management team work with our employees to develop clear objectives and are able to provide valuable feedback on performance. To help further your career within Ford, you’ll also be encouraged to work with your manager on your own development plans. 

    Our people are our most valuable asset and investing in this talent is important to us.

  • Ford is a leader in the practices of diversity and inclusion and established a formal equal opportunities policy more than 30 years ago. 

    We are committed to diversity and equality of opportunity for all and are opposed to any form of less favourable treatment or harassment on the grounds of gender, marital status, civil partnership status, parental status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief, gender reassignment and gender identity, age and those with caring responsibilities.

    We believe that a key ingredient to business success is the diversity of our workforce where differences are valued and everyone is included. Diversity at Ford includes all of the things that make each of us unique individuals. Our backgrounds, opinions, experiences, perspectives and life situations are just some of the distinctions we bring to the workplace. 

    There are five pillars of our global Diversity and Inclusion strategy:

    • Leading the Way
      We continue to work to drive progress in diversity, both within the Company and within the communities in which we operate. Each year we celebrate the success of our diversity, inclusion and worklife efforts with an awards ceremony.
    • Diverse Workforce
      Our customers are located across the world and our diversity enables us to develop the innovative products our customers desire. We have Employee Resource Groups recognising diverse groups across Europe including those representing women, BAME and LGBT+ employees, parents, carers and employees with disabilities
    • Respectful and Inclusive Environment
      We promote an environment that fosters dignity and respect, where diverse teams of skilled and motivated people work together inclusively.
    • Worklife Flexibility
      All employees can request a flexible work arrangement. We have a range of family friendly policies, including an industry leading maternity provision and an on-site nursery.
    • External Partnerships
      .We are sponsors of ‘Stonewall’ and the ‘enei’ and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We also have ongoing partnerships with the ‘International Women of Excellence’ and ‘Time to Change’ and have a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility, engaging extensively with the wider community.

    Our diversity makes us a better company by bringing in fresh ideas and different perspectives and by creating a truly collaborative workplace.

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    Data Protection - Privacy Notice - Recruitment


    We will collect, hold and process personal data relating to you if you apply for a position with us. We will use the information you give us in connection with recruitment for the role for which you have applied.  If we decide to offer you employment, information relating to your application will be used in connection with that offer and your employment with us.



    1. This Privacy Notice explains how and why we process personal information (which we call ”personal data”) about job applicants.  In this Notice, we use the word “you” to refer to anyone within the scope of this Notice.   It applies when you apply for a position at Ford Motor Company Ltd and/or FCE Bank PLC and therefore references to ‘we’ and ‘Ford’ apply to the relevant entity or entities to whom you are applying.

    Where does the personal data come from and what kind of data is processed?

    2. In recruiting, most personal data comes from you either directly or from our recruitment agencies who process applications on our behalf.  This may be in your CV or an application form.  It is likely to relate to your contact details and experience, skills and qualifications.  We also make records of our assessment and evaluation of your application, of decisions on short-listing, of interviews, and decisions on whether or not to offer you a job.  If you take part in assessment tests, we will keep a record of those.

    3. If we decide to offer you a job, we will require information from you to ensure that you have the right to work in the UK.   We may also receive information from third parties such as your referees, recruitment agents and, if we carry out background checks, from background check providers. 

    4. We may receive and process information regarding your health.  This may be to consider reasonable adjustments either to the recruitment process or the job applied for.  We may also, in some cases, require you to undertake a pre-employment medical examination.  Personal health data may come from you or third parties such as our Occupational Health Department or other medical experts. 

    5. If you attend for interview or assessment, we may have a CCTV record of you at our premises. 

    6. We also carry out diversity monitoring.  If you opt to provide information on your nationality, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability or age, this will only be used for monitoring and reporting.  Data in reports will be aggregated and will not identify individuals.  

    7. We collect and may disclose statistical information gathered in relation to our recruitment activities for internal reporting purposes and to improve applicant experience. However, we never disclose information that identifies any individual for such purposes.

    8. You should be aware that if you fail to provide information when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your application (such as evidence of qualifications or work history), we will not be able to process your application successfully.  For example, if we require a credit check or references for this role and you fail to provide us with relevant details, we will not be able to take your application further.

    Who sees my personal data?

    9. Only those who have a legitimate need to access your personal information will be able to do so.   Access to personal data relating to your application is usually restricted to relevant managers and HR officers and recruitment staff (including third party recruitment agency staff and background check providers) other than in exceptional circumstances in line with the purposes set out in this Notice e.g. if required by law. 

    10. Where personal data is disclosed to third parties, it will be on the basis that this is consistent with our grounds for processing and doing so is lawful and fair to you.  It will be used only in connection with your recruitment and all our third party providers are required to take appropriate security measures to protect personal information in line with our policies and we do not permit them to use your personal data other than for our specified reasons.  We may also transfer data to law enforcement agencies, courts, regulators and government authorities if required or appropriate to do so.     

    11. In some cases personal data may be shared with other entities within the Ford group such as FCE Bank PLC. This would be in line with the purposes and legal grounds for processing set out in this Notice.    For example where, in relation to a particular recruitment campaign, there is a requirement not to have applied to a different Ford entity within the previous 12 months the relevant entities may share lists of recent applicants to confirm compliance with this requirement.

    Purposes of and legal bases of processing

    12. We set out below the purposes for which we process data relating to job applicants and the legal basis for processing that data.   We highlight in red and underline where the purpose may include the processing of sensitive personal data such as health data or data revealing racial or ethnic origin and the legal basis for processing in such cases.



    Legal basis for processing

    Considering and assessing job applications against the requirements of the job including short-listing and interviewing

    Legitimate interests

    Deciding whether to offer a job and offering a job

    Legitimate interests

    Making adjustments if appropriate in relation to a disability and, where relevant, undertaking pre-employment medical examinations

    Legal necessity   

    Monitoring and promotion of diversity and equal opportunities

    Legitimate interests, legal obligation and legal necessity and public interest

    Ensuring physical security of our premises including by use of CCTV

    Legitimate interests

    Disputes and legal proceedings

    Legitimate interests and legal obligation

    Compliance and regulatory including undertaking checks such as establishing if applicant has right to work in UK

    Legitimate interests and legal obligation


    There are also special protections in relation criminal convictions and offences. We will only process data in relation to criminal convictions in limited circumstances and where it is lawful for us to do so.

    Automated decision-making

    13. We use automated decision making in some of our recruitment exercises as we consider it necessary for entering into the employment contracts envisaged by the recruitment exercise as a result of the high volume of applications we receive. This automated decision making relates to the automatic rejection of candidates at the application stage if, for example, you do not meet our degree requirements or are unable to start on our specified start date.  Further, in some cases we use online numerical/reasoning tests and, if you do not meet our required pass mark, will result in you not progressing further.  In relation to this automated decision making you have the right to obtain human intervention, to express your point of view and to obtain an explanation and contest the decision.  If you wish to exercise these rights then please contact the Recruitment Team (see below).


    Transfers of personal data outside the EEA

    14. In connection with our business and for employment, administrative, management and legal purposes, when processing data in line with this Notice we may transfer your personal data outside the EEA (including to the USA and India).  If we transfer your personal information outside the EEA we will put in place appropriate safeguards in accordance with our legal obligations to ensure that your personal data is adequately protected irrespective of the country to which it is transferred. These safeguards may include obtaining contractual assurances from any third party given access to your personal data that your personal data will be protected by standards which are equivalent to those that protect your personal data when it is in the EEA.  If you would like to know more about how we protect your personal information when it is transferred outside the EEA, please contact our Recruitment Team on the following email:

    How long do we keep your data?

    15. We do not keep your personal data for longer than is necessary for our purposes.  In general, we will keep the personal data stored in for the duration of the recruitment campaign and for a reasonable period thereafter on the basis it may be relevant to our business either as a record or in the event of a legal claim.  Our current assessment of a reasonable period is 6 months – unless you are recruited.  Other data may be retained for a shorter period (e.g. CCTV footage).

    16. If you are employed by us, any relevant personal data collected in connection with your application will form part of your personnel record.  We will keep it in line with our data retention policies.

    Access to your personal data and other rights

    17. If you wish to see any personal data relating to you, we would recommend that you contact the Recruitment Team (

    18. You also have a legal right to make a “subject access request”.  If you exercise this right and we hold personal data about you, we are required to provide you with certain information about it, including:

    • Giving you a description and copy of the personal data; and
    • Telling you why we are processing it.

    19. If you make a subject access request and there is any question about who you are, we may require you to provide information from which we can satisfy ourselves as to your identity.

    20. As well as your subject access right, you have other legal rights which, in certain circumstances allow you to have your personal data rectified or erased, to object to its processing or to have its processing restricted.   You may also be able to request the transfer of certain data to another party.   If you wish to know more about these rights or wish to exercise them please contact our Data Protection Officer (

    Contacting us

    21. If you have any queries regarding this notice, then in the first instance we recommend you contact the Recruitment Team (

    22. In processing your personal data, we act as a data controller.  Our contact details are as follows:

    • Ford Motor Company Ltd - The Company Secretary, Ford Motor Company Ltd, Dunton Campus, Arterial Road, Laindon, Essex, SS15 6EE, England.
    • FCE Bank PLC - The Company Secretary, FCE Bank PLC Dunton Campus, Arterial Road, Laindon, Essex, SS15 6EE, England.

    23. Also, we have appointed a Data Protection Officer (jointly for Ford Motor Company Ltd and FCE Bank PLC) whose role includes informing and advising us and those who are involved in processing data of their obligations under data protection laws.  The contact details of the data protection officer are


    24. If you have any complaints relating to our processing of your personal data, you should raise these with the Recruitment Team ( in the first instance or with our Data Protection Officer (   You may also raise complaints with the Information Commissioner who is the statutory regulator.  For further information see: or you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) helpline on 0303123113.

    Status of this Privacy Notice

    This Notice does not form part of any contract of employment and does not create contractual rights or obligations.  It may be amended by us at any time.