Vehicle Engineering Lead


Malmesbury, Wiltshire


Through development and investment in technologies Dyson is expanding into new and varied product categories. To facilitate the development of an Electric vehicle we are broadening our expertise, growing our Engineering teams in both size and capability. We are currently recruiting engineers with automotive experience to support the engineering team in the generation and validation of design concepts to realise into robustly engineered production vehicle. Vehicle Engineering is an integral part of the vehicle development team responsible for bringing together the programme and engineering teams to deliver the product vision through balancing the vehicle attributes, delivering and managing the prototype fleet and developing the DVP&R. The Vehicle Engineering lead will be responsible for the overall management and delivery of the DVP&R. This will require collaborative working with the vehicle engineering teams to ensure delivery of a robustly validated vehicle to specification and on time. The correct candidate will have a strong working knowledge of vehicle systems, automotive test procedures and standards and have proven experience of vehicle development. This role includes working with the full product team and presenting to senior management to help guide development of the vehicle.

Market Overview

Malmesbury is tucked away in countryside famous for the landmarks of Isambard Brunel, who revolutionised modern engineering. A charming Wiltshire market town doesn’t sound like the place to develop world leading technology, but it’s just right for us. Our secluded location helps us to protect our ideas and stay independent–minded. As part of the £2.5 billion investment, Dyson acquired a 650 acre plot in Hullavington. This former Royal Air Force base, just five miles from Dyson HQ, will increase our UK footprint tenfold. We’ll be turning old hangars into futuristic labs and workspaces – creating a campus to rival those in Silicon Valley.

Function Overview

We’ve begun work on a battery electric vehicle – that’s no secret. It has remained our ambition to solve the worldwide problem of air pollution for nearly 30 years. Now that we have the ability to bring all our technologies together into a single product, we’re able to solve this problem at the source. For now, it’s all about finding the right people to make it all happen for 2020


•Take ownership of the vehicle development strategy, collaborating with the engineering and attribute teams to generate the whole vehicle DVP.
•Coordinate and plan DVP activities that deliver robust validation of vehicle targets.
•Direct a team of Vehicle Development Engineers, supporting global integration test activities ensuring all major tests are supported.
•Support the definition of the vehicle fleet to ensure appropriate to meet the validation requirements, engaging with the broader engineering and attribute teams to agree expectations.
•Take ownership of technical challenges leading collaboration between the cross functional engineering teams to deliver resolution to project timelines.
•Be involved in vehicle development from concept to manufacture, defining benchmarking, assisting with specification and target setting and hard point definition.
•Manage resolution of technical conflicts and issues between engineering teams to agree trade-offs to best meet product level specifications.
•Liaise with the test team to plan and perform experimental validations, co-ordinate and define benchmarking requirements, comparing post-processed results with simulations.
•Support packaging meetings, design reviews, vehicle integration meetings, safety meetings, virtual build events and other meetings to resolve vehicle issues as necessary
•Support the personal development of direct team members through mentoring, developing training programmes as required


•A degree in Automotive or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent (other relevant engineering disciplines will be considered).
•Proven experience in Vehicle Engineering / Integration / Development in delivery of an end to end vehicle program. 6+ years preferable
•Previous experience in attribute management within a production vehicle environment.
•A good knowledge of automotive design, vehicle systems and technology and be familiar with key areas of body, chassis, electrical and powertrain.
•Proven experience of delivering vehicle systems from a concept level.
•Confident leading meetings and ability to evaluate technical problems to ensure clear direction.
•Knowledge of power and control systems would be a benefit.
•Previous experience of vehicle prototype build and testing would be beneficial.
•A good working knowledge of MS Office
•A working knowledge of commercial CAD tools (preferably Siemens NX) would be beneficial
•Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information, both in writing and verbally.
•Be able to multi-task and plan effectively when working with a variety of project teams in an often high-pressure, competitive environment
•Self-starter - ability to work independently.
•Excellent team-working skills.

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: 20-Jun-2018

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