JLR makes first hire through Gorillaz app challenge

After teaming up with virtual band Gorillaz to recruit young engineers, Jaguar Land Rover has made its first hire using the cyber challenge in the band’s app.


Daniel Dunkley, a 23-year-old from Gloucester, successfully completed the code breaking challenge, then went on to complete an interview process with JLR. The former quarry worker, who left school at 16, will now join the automotive giant as a software engineer.

“I’m overwhelmed by how much has happened in the last two months,” said Daniel. “I read about the coding challenge set by Jaguar Land Rover and Gorillaz on BBC News and decided to have a go. We did the interview by Google Chat then I was invited to Gaydon to talk about my new job. It completely blew me away that I didn’t have to fill out any application forms.”

“I was thrilled when they offered me a job! My dad drives a Land Rover Defender so I have always been a fan. I can’t believe I may now get to work on the next generation Defender!”

According to JLR, almost 400,000 people have downloaded the Gorillaz app, with 41,000 so far taking the challenge. However, only around 550 of those have cracked the code, which unlocks the next stage of the recruitment process. The challenge is designed to unearth the next generation of software and electrical engineers, as JLR seeks talent for an automotive future where driverless vehicles and cyber security will play a prominent role.

“Daniel is exactly the kind of person we need,” said Alex Heslop, head of Electrical Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover. “Technology companies like Jaguar Land Rover provide an exciting opportunity for the brightest and best. We want to attract top-notch talent in software, cyber systems, app development and graphics.”

“Jaguar Land Rover makes some of the world’s most exciting cars and it needs brilliant people to create them.”