Head of External Affairs

£49,500 - £62,000 per annum + bonus + pension + private medical + 27 days holiday + free on-site gym

Malmesbury, Wiltshire


Dyson engineers don’t set out to create “green” machines.  They are motivated by solving problems that others ignore and doing so in the most efficient way.  Making the most of every Watt of power and gram of material. This has spawned what others might class to be “eco” products but we would better describe as “lean machines”. For example, our advanced cyclonic vacuum cleaners, the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer, the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and our cordless machines, all powered by efficient Dyson digital motor technology. These technologies are often disruptive and may not conform to common perceptions of how the category of machines works.


The purpose of this role is to mesh the outside and inside worlds of Environmental affairs.  You will monitor the pipeline of environmental legislation and other developments in environmental affairs.  Your job is then to measure the opportunity and risks for Dyson technology. This may evolve into external liaison, research projects, new processes and measurable improvements, working with the Dyson RDD (upstream and downstream), Commercial and Operations teams to achieve these goals.   

Market Overview

Home to our global Research, Design and Development centre and all of our Commercial functions, Dyson HQ is tucked away in countryside famous for the railway tunnels and bridges of Isambard Brunel, who revolutionised modern engineering. Our secluded location helps us to protect our ideas and stay independent-minded. Yet nearby are the fashionable cities of Bristol and Bath (where a young James Dyson invented cyclone technology).

Function Overview

At Dyson Corporate Social Responsibility is anchored in the idea of sustainable engineering.  Dyson’s impact on the environment and society starts and ends with our machines and our technology. Sustainable engineering activity is centred on the lifecycle of Dyson machine - from design, to sourcing and manufacture, logistics and end of life. As part of the Claims, Standards and Insights team our job is to interpret the owners’ voice; differentiating Dyson technology with compelling proof.


  • Help to define and implement the overarching CSI and CSR strategies and action plans, utilising subject matter expertise and environmental affairs experience

  • Monitor the European Commission’s materials of potential concern and WEEE regulations and work with internal teams to develop our strategy

  • Monitor and report on emerging environmental trends and find the appropriate practical applications for that knowledge in Dyson

  • Oversee processes for assessing environmental impacts of products and operations, ensuring good quality data

  • Represent Dyson regarding environmental affairs with Trade Associations, Standards committees and NGOs

  • Be the environmental affairs subject matter expert and train, guide and mentor others both in the wider business

  • Challenge and develop best practise, contributing to tool and process improvements


  • Ideally degree qualified in a technical subject such as engineering,  science or product design
  • Significant experience in the field of environmental engineering or sustainability, with significant experience working on environmental issues
  • Experienced leader with proven ability to manage and develop a team.
  • Experience in a regulatory affairs role is desirable, (preferably a trade association or manufacturing business)
  • Understanding and experience of life cycle assessment
  • Standards and legislation expertise desirable, preferably consumer products
  • Experience and knowledge of global environmental regulatory requirements (although European regulations will be the primary scope)
  • Strong communication skills are a must
  • Must be prepared to travel globally (anticipated quarterly trips as projects/ workload requires).
  • All applicants must have the right to work in the UK

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: 8-Mar-2017

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