Automotive manufacturer Lotus has announced it is looking to add up to 100 new jobs to its UK workforce, including bringing new talent into its revamped graduate programme.
The company said the figure includes 45 specialist engineers, 40 manufacturing operatives and 18 graduate positions.
The move follows £100m of investment by Lotus’ Malaysian owners DRB-HICOM and enables the company to strengthen its engineering, productivity, efficiency and quality.
Mark Pym, group head of human resources at Lotus, said growing the workforce is crucial to the company’s continued success.
“Lotus’ successes have always been built on our talented and dedicated workforce and as we embark on a period of strengthening, it’s crucial that we grow our workforce to support this,” he said.
“It’s a positive sign for both the UK car industry and Lotus that we are able to recruit such a high number of both experienced specialists and graduates, who will take their first steps on an exciting and rewarding career path.”
The recruitment drive will see both the engineering specialists and graduates work on the development of new products within the renowned Lotus Engineering.
Aslam Farikullah, the company’s chief operating officer, added the recruitment will help Lotus with its aims to be at the forefront of the global automotive industry.
“It’s been a period of substantial change at Lotus and we are now in a strong position to expand our work on future products and to increase production in our manufacturing facilities.
“We want Lotus to be at the forefront of the global automotive industry and for us to remain competitive, we will introduce more exciting products – there has never been a better time to be part of the future of Lotus.”
Lotus currently employs 1,000 staff across the UK and has its headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk.