Engineering Manager (R&D)
SGD Competitive Remuneration Package
Reporting to the Head-of-Category, the Engineering Manager will be responsible for developing world class engineering knowledge within their discipline and to build well established teams of experts that apply their knowledge effectively to the design of Dyson products. In this role, the engineering manager must exhibits strong leadership in a RDD environment of technology challenges and aggressive time lines. Clear technical understanding and excellent decision making capabilities are essential. Experience in managing product design and development activities within a QMS-governed development framework would be an added advantage. Following are the basic requirements for this job role.
Not too far away is West Park, our flagship advanced motor manufacturing facility where we develop our autonomous robotic manufacturing capabilities – more than 300 robots assemble our Dyson Digital Motor (DDM) here. It is here that we develop our next generation of motor technology.
- Delivery of integrated Product Solution: All relevant assemblies including their expected performance targets must be delivered to the Design Manager on time, on spec, on quality and on cost
- Resolution of Current Product Safety, Reliability and Quality issues: Appropriate resource must be allocated from the relevant assembly or technical area as and when issues arise. The resulting learning must be used to drive continuous improvement and increasing knowledge within the team
- Continuous improvement: A key element of the assembly based structure is the retention and development of knowledge. This increasing knowledge must be used to drive increased performance and development efficiency, reduced development time-scales, increased reliability and reduced product cost whenever possible
- Communication: Strong communication links must be developed with both the Design Managers and the other Engineering Managers to ensure problems are discussed in an open and mature fashion and a consistent, collaborative approach is applied to all elements of product integration. You will also liaise with the global development and cross-functional teams.
- Balance Innovation with Historical Success: Engineering Managers should identify the most appropriate usage of existing parts and assemblies in future projects. This will ensure that product innovation is managed where it adds the most value and is balanced against the benefits of reduced investment costs, reduced time-lines, reduced risk and increased reliability. A key measure of success is to avoid our past mistakes of 'reinventing the wheel'.
- Resource Management: Responsible for managing expertise and resources in the team. Within each team the manager must ensure that all of the technical issues are well matched to the capability of the individuals within their team
- Pre-Project Transfer Support: Managers must take a proactive approach to project status in the run up to project transfer. This will consist of highlighting relevant individuals able to travel to UK during this time as well as a heightened communication approach with UK counterparts
- Project Transfer: At the point of project transfer, ensure that all deliverables have been validated and the design intent has been clearly documented and communicated to the relevant individuals in the Far East (including SEA) by the UK counterparts
- Professional Development & Mentoring: Each manager is responsible for the professional development of all individuals within their team. Monthly meetings to discuss individual's careers, technical and personal aspirations should be commonplace and the focus must be on development rather than the immediacy of project delivery. Clear, achievable development and learning options should be identified and followed through to completion
- Reporting: Each manager is responsible for clear communication of assembly and project status, ensuring the relevant risks and priorities are clearly communicated to the Design Managers and upwards
- Personal Attributes
- Possess a very flexible mind-set and the desire to do things differently in order to support the growth of the business
- A strong ability to manage changes positively
- A 'can-do' attitude in responding, leading and effecting changes
- Go the extra mile to do his/her work; is self-driven and self-reliant to achieve design excellence
- Believes in value-adding team members and organization
- At least 8 years of technical work experience; must have the experience of successfully managing engineering design teams to deliver complete projects (for electro-mechanical devices) starting from design, prototyping through to mass production
- A good knowledge of new product development process and industrial trends
- Experience in managing product design and development activities within a QMS-governed development framework would be an added advantage
- Experience working in a multi-national or global electronics company
Behaviours / Competencies
- Proven leadership and problem solving ability
- Ability to manage and develop people
- Confident communicator
- A team player, able to work effectively with peers at all levels
- Strong technical background from previous Mechanical Engineering positions held and good managerial skills
- Recognised degree in Mechanical or Electro-mechanical Engineering discipline