HR Graduate Programme 2018

£26,500 + £2,000 joining payment - benefits include 27 days holiday + free on-site gym + pension

Global HQ, Malmesbury, Wiltshire - South West UK


A hands-on HR role from day one; you'll study for your CIPD whilst working alongside the HR Business Partners providing a wide range of support to managers and employees, with the goal of attracting, retaining and developing people who are passionate about Dyson. Over 2 years you'll gain a strong operational focus but also the opportunity to be actively involved in aspects such as talent management and development, organisation change and HR improvement initiatives, with project work along the way.

Market Overview

Home to our global Research, Design and Development centre and all of our Commercial functions, the Dyson HQ campus can be found in secluded countryside that helps keep our secrets secret. Having doubled in size in 2016, the campus is now home to new research and development facilities, a new restaurant (home to an English Electric Lightning jet) and a sports facility catering to all Dyson people. Nearby are the fashionable cities of Bristol and Bath (where a young James Dyson invented cyclone technology). The building is the heartbeat of Dyson. Over 2,500 people, including James himself, spend their days there strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world.

Function Overview

Dyson is about technology. Technology created, and brought to market, by people. Human Resources is plugged into the nervous system of Dyson – with specialist functions for Talent Development, Talent Acquisition, HR Operations and Rewards. HR generalists link these all together; overseeing every people-related decision. As a graduate, you can support all of this, with unique insight into Dyson's commercial objectives.


You’ll be on a 2 year programme doing real work, taking responsibility from day one in a Graduate HR Advisor role working with HR Business partners in our Group Commercial, International and Dyson Professional HR teams. Providing support and administration on all aspects of HR, you will be responding to queries directly and influencing managers to follow a best practice approach wherever possible with some of the follow responsibilities:

• Deliver expert and customer focused operational HR support, providing advice and guidance to resolve day-to-day queries covering: HR policies, processes, procedures and practices to both UK and international colleagues.

• Coach, train and challenge managers on their approach to people issues, advising how to maximise employee performance, capability and contribution.

• Own the delivery of key people processes such as absence, maternity, paternity, flexible working, probation etc.

• Encouraging managers to complete regular 1:1’s, bi-annual reviews and personal development discussions.

• Operate as HR lead in the performance management of individuals and other employee relations situations (e.g. performance improvement plans, capability problems, disciplinary scenarios, grievances).

• Support HRBPs in the planning and implementation of organisation changes, HR projects and initiatives that support the Dyson People strategy/local plans (e.g. graduate recruitment, talent identification and management, management capability development, personal development/career planning).

• Review data and produce reports for key employee metrics (e.g. turnover, headcount, absence), identifying, investigating and flagging possible implications of issues/trends that show up.


You'll be a graduate, or expecting to graduate in 2018, but your degree discipline can be in any subject area. We'll want to see an understanding of the role of an HR function and your motivation for a career in this area. A commitment to undertake further study toward the CIPD qualification and a strong academic track record to date is preferred.

Numeracy and analytical skills are a must; you'll be comfortable undertaking research, compiling findings and writing papers. You'll be expected to present ideas and take part in discussions with senior stakeholders right from the start so you'll be articulate, quick to build credibility with a professional approach.

You'll also need to be able to work equally well in a team as well as on your own initiative. Partnering with the business you'll be skilled at building relationships, making networks, collaborating as required.

Due to our continued global expansion the desire for an international career is preferred and languages would be a bonus.

Benefits Overview

Do all this and in return you’ll get a competitive salary and pension, profit-related bonus, generous leave and life insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. 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: 3-Oct-2017

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