Early Careers Development Manager

Up to £50,000/annum + bonus + benefits

Malmesbury, Wiltshire


Dyson will open the brand new Institute of Technology in September 2017, offering a high quality alternative to an engineering university education. This is a pioneering initiative both for Dyson and early careers talent development.

Ultimately you will work as part of a small team to shape how we recruit, develop and support our first 25 undergraduates and then set the direction for how the Dyson Institute evolves beyond this.

Market Overview

Dyson is ambitious about growth: expanding our global business by growing our people. We prize those rare individuals who challenge, invent and fit the Dyson mind-set. So we invest heavily in preparing them to lead the future of our business. The Talent Development team is at the heart of this – assisting our global leaders in identifying and fulfilling talented people. Through dynamic leadership programmes, workshops, coaching or internal career moves, we make sure they thrive here at Dyson. It’s fulfilling work, watching individuals achieve great things, beyond what they even imagined…but that Dyson expected.

Function Overview

The Dyson Institute embodies this approach. We will give a group of undergraduates a full time job in our Global Engineering teams whilst they study towards an engineering degree. Job first, degree second - the programme will form part of Dyson’s growing early talent and apprenticeship offering. A new part-time general engineering degree course is being written by Dyson in collaboration with the University of Warwick. We expect to expand the Institute in the future to offer a range of engineering degree disciplines.


The Early Careers Development Manager will collaborate with the talent acquisition team to promote the Dyson Institute of Technology with schools and colleges, being involved in assessment and selection, ensuring we recruit high calibre school leavers. Then designing and delivering their onboarding and induction experience, helping undergraduates navigate their first experience of working and studying independently. You will build (& develop) a strong support network of mentors, line managers and buddies to assist the transition to working life, build development interventions to enhance workplace skills and fulfil potential, and work with the Technical Manager (and Warwick University) to align this to the content of the degree programme. You will set clear expectations for performance and manage these closely, align what we are doing with the apprenticeship levy, and work with others to define what the onsite ‘university campus’ will look and feel like. It’s a varied and ever evolving role …Building strong relationships with internal stakeholders and key external contacts will be key in achieving all of this.


The Dyson Institute of Technology is new, highly visible and complex. It requires someone who is smart and can operate at a conceptual/ strategic level and then support undergraduates with their development and adapting to working for the first time You must be a skilled influencer who can build strong relationships at all levels and work effectively in a rapidly changing matrix environment and with key external bodies. Ability to operate with ambiguity and set a clear direction, demonstrating creativity and pragmatism is essential You will be passionate about young people’s education and engineering and will have had some exposure to the education sector (school leavers, apprenticeships, universities). Experience in a talent development role is highly desirable. Commercially astute, with a real passion for development, you will have a responsive approach and an ability to make effective commercial judgments and plan and execute effectively.

Benefits Overview

Dyson monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a profit-related bonus, generous leave and life insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, flexible working hours, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to creativity, innovation and ambition.

Posted: 26-Jan-2017

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