Life at HORIBA MIRA
Join us and you’ll discover a culture built on teamwork. An attitude that encourages communication and collaboration. Where people welcome and respect each others’ opinions, challenge one another constructively and work together to deliver better solutions. It’s a genuinely supportive atmosphere, that allows you to be yourself. Where you’ll always have someone to turn to for help and advice. And where you can genuinely achieve your full potential.
A fair employer
From the moment you apply to join us, you’ll go through a fair and consistent selection and assessment process. That’s why we offer training for all our managers and use a range of tools, such as MS screening, psychometric testing and competency-based interviews. And at the end of the recruitment process, we’ll always give you valuable feedback to support your continuing development.
It’s an approach that means we select the best person for every role, based on skills and experience. And it also means we’ve developed a diverse workforce. From long servers who’ve helped our business develop over the years, to new joiners who bring fresh ideas, perspectives and experiences to our work.
The importance of diversity
We believe that our success is based on fostering a diverse and inclusive community. Because we recognise that every member of our great team here at HORIBA MIRA brings a unique perspective to the challenges and opportunities we take on every day. That’s why we’ve created an environment where you’ll have every opportunity to excel, regardless of your background.
Our Life Links support networks
Diversity and inclusion
At HORIBA MIRA, we often talk about our team as a family. And one of the main reasons for this is the way people from different backgrounds, with different ideas, perspectives and opinions work together to achieve success. In our Diversity and Inclusion network, we work hard to support this, by bringing people together, sharing experiences and offering help and advice to ensure everyone feels included, no matter what their background.
This is a forum for all our LGBTQ+ colleagues to discuss issues that affect their lives, share experiences and offer mutual support and advice. By raising awareness of the issues that LGBTQ+ people face in the workplace and in wider society, we aim to ensure that HORIBA MIRA continues to be an open, welcoming environment where everyone feels confident in being themselves.
An opportunity to raise awareness of women’s health issues. Confidential support and advice. Or just a sympathetic ear. That’s what you can expect from our Life Links Women’s health network. We have a wealth of online resources for you to access, as well as a variety of members who are happy to listen to your story and offer help, based on their own personal experiences. So, you’ll find an environment where you can talk, listen and act, to make HORIBA MIRA an even better place for women to work.
Our Life Links Mental Health group is run by HORIBA MIRA people, for HORIBA MIRA people. Offering confidential support and advice, or just someone to talk to, it’s about sharing experiences, linking people to the help and advice they need, and raising awareness of mental health issues across the business. This group links in with our employee assistance programme (EAP), which offers a huge range of mental health services. From podcasts to specific mental health counselling and advice, as well as remote GP services and second opinions.
As a business, we have long employed veterans and reservists, in addition to civilians. We have officially pledged our commitment to supporting Armed Forces personnel into the civilian workforce having signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
Through the official Covenant, we will continue to harness the unique capabilities and skills veterans and reservists acquire through working in the military, particularly experience with technology yet to be used by civilians.
Supporting women in technology
We’re proud to recruit and support women at every level, including specialist engineering teams. And we’re committed to promoting and rewarding our people fairly, based on merit. In fact, our most recent Gender Pay Gap report showed that 24% of recent promotions were women, which is a higher proportion than the number of female employees. And three of our senior females were named among the top 100 Great Women in the British Car Industry, 2022 by Autocar, in association with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Supporting global mobility
We sometimes need people with rare, highly specialised skills. And when we can’t find those skills in the UK, we sponsor people from around the world to work for us. So, if you have the right skills, qualifications and experience, our dedicated Global Mobility Team will support you in joining us from outside the UK, including supporting your visa application. Or, if you’re from another country and already working in the UK, we’ll sponsor and fund a switching “Skilled Worker” visa. And usually, we’ll continue to sponsor you until you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
Armed Forces Covenant
We’ve recruited people from the Armed Forces for a long time and value the unique skills they bring to our business. That’s why we signed the Armed Forces Covenant, confirming our commitment to supporting people from the Armed Forces. This enables us to bring valuable talent into HORIBA MIRA. And it enables Armed Forces personnel to transfer into the civilian workforce, while using their existing skills and gaining new expertise. In 2021, we were honoured to receive a Gold Award in the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.
Although we don’t have a formal volunteering programme, we do encourage all our people to play an active role in the local communities where we work. And many of them volunteer their time and skills in a variety of ways. Supporting STEM activities in local schools. Acting as school governors. And working with local charities and sports clubs. In short, they make a big contribution to help improve lives in their local areas.
Supporting our communities
We’re committed supporting to our local communities. From protecting local wildlife and planting over 600 trees, to encouraging cycling and the use of electric vehicles around our large site, and reducing, reusing and recycling materials. And we also offer hybrid working options which encourage colleagues to reduce commuting.
We also support different national and local charities each year. In 2023, our chosen charities are Help for Heroes, BEN, Warwickshire Air Ambulance, and MIND Basildon.