Head of HR, RDD & Operations - UK

£Competitive + 27 Days Holiday, Bonus, Pension



Reporting to the Global RDD & Operations HR Director, this leadership role heads the HR Partnering team (circa 10) for RDD & Operations in the UK, currently 1500 and growing rapidly.

Market Overview

Dyson is a global technology company with a unique philosophy, led by James Dyson. It transforms every category it enters with radical and iconic re-inventions that work, perform and look very different.

Dyson products sell in 75 countries, and it employs nearly 7,000 people globally, over one third of whom are engineers and scientists. 1,500 are based at the HQ and Research and Development centre located in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK. Another 2,000 bring Dyson’s machines into existence, working on production and operations based in Singapore and Malaysia. The face of Dyson is changing rapidly. Three years ago 80% of Dyson’s business was full-sized vacuum cleaners. Today, its digital motor powered cordless vacuums, robots, Airblade hand dryers, bladeless fans, humidifiers, purifiers and heaters are powering its growth around the world. 2015 saw the addition of Jake Dyson Light to the Dyson portfolio, continuing the family line in fundamentally reengineering technologies to work better. And in April 2016 Dyson took arguably its biggest leap yet, revolutionising the world of health and personal care with its £50m investment to launch the Dyson Supersonic™ Hairdryer.

Function Overview

Dyson’s culture is unique.

Dynamic, inventive, technology-obsessed and decidedly un-corporate. The mindset is geared to constant challenge. And a global expansion at Dyson’s pace brings constant challenge. It’s not easy or comfortable, but it’s this way of working that drives performance. Dyson suits people with the courage and resilience to find their own way, spotting opportunities where others don’t, and having the self-belief to persevere where others give up. “Good enough” isn’t good enough.

Experiences are more important than experience. And attitude counts as much as aptitude.

Dyson is rapidly expanding; in its new and core categories, and across all of its global markets, growing turnover from £1.4 billion in 2014 to £1.7 billion in 2015 (+26%). The aim is for £1 billion profit by 2017.

100 new machines. Four new product portfolios. The next four years are going to be Dyson’s biggest and busiest yet. All thanks to a £1.5 billion commitment to its future technology pipeline, including a £250 million new technology campus in Malmesbury, where future products will be conceived.

Dyson will recruit another 1,500 engineers over the next three years. And this growth in engineering will need the support of 3,500 new people across other functions around the world. By 2020, Dyson’s head count will have doubled, as it expands into new markets, and launches into more categories.

But the goal is not simply about people and profit. It’s about better ideas, better technologies, better performance and better ways to work, across more new markets and bright new categories. While engineering and technology remains at the core, a passion for problem solving now runs throughout the business.


This role works within that exciting Research, Design, Development (RDD) & Operations environment. Reporting to the Global RDD & Operations HR Director, this leadership role heads the HR Partnering team (circa 10) for RDD & Operations in the UK, currently 1500 and growing rapidly. Working alongside our leading technical specialists and highly motivated creative people, this requires someone who is truly immersive in the business, it’s culture and plans. The role will create appropriate people strategies to deliver those, balancing the interests of the people agenda with a commercial mindset and pragmatic approach. Working with our Centres of Excellence this leader will integrate all HR and recruitment activities to solve problems and raise the bar as we continue to grow.

Strategic Impact

  • Knows how to apply a people agenda to a disruptive business agenda.
  • High impact – translating business understanding into actions.

A Shaper

  • A self starter who can raise the bar for self and others and influence and lead the agenda.
  • High impact and influential, listened to. Able to think on your feet, smart.
  • A culture shaper and champion.

Change Agent

  • Adapt at reading the future and being able to deliver to that, at pace, ahead of the game. Situations change rapidly so resilience and ability to adapt quickly are key.

Problem Solver

  • Much of what we do hasn’t been done before and applying traditional HR may not always solve the problem. You’ll need to be able to apply disruptive thinking to HR topics to get to the right answer.

Establish Rapport

  • You’ll need to have high emotional intelligence, someone who can read situations well, is relationship agile and savvy.


  • Degree qualified
  • Strong change and project management skills
  • A leader of people, previous experience of managing a team
  • Significant experience in a senior HR role at Head of or Director level
  • A generalist with experience across a range of HR topics
  • Understanding of a mature HR model within a fast paced, global organisation
  • Proven in two or more companies


  • Undertaken a broader than HR remit - involvement in areas such as facilities or communications
  • Experience within a smaller / entrepreneurial / innovative / high growth environment
  • Premium / high quality products and brands

Critical Leadership Competencies

  • Resilience
  • Collaboration and influencing
  • Change leader
  • Strategic thinking

Benefits Overview

Dyson monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a management bonus, generous leave, life insurance, income protection, and private medical and dental care. But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. Leadership support and new opportunities abound, driven by regular dialogue and international training. 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: 23-Jan-2017

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