Lean Engineer


Senai Johor


The Lean Engineer is responsible for the implementation of Lean manufacturing principles, tools and best practices within Dyson operation which covers external manufacturing partners and new business units (motors).

This includes Lean tools training, leading value stream mapping activities, facilitate Kaizen (improvements) event and participate in cross functional teams to support effective use of manpower and materials to achieve lowest overall cost.

Responsibilities will also include Lean project management, continuous improvement, monitoring results of productivity initiatives and performing benchmarking activities to achieve World Class Manufacturing.

Market Overview

In 2000, Dyson moved production from Malmesbury to Malaysia to be closer to our supply chains and open up international growth. The small team of 10 has now grown to almost 1,200 – forming Dyson’s second biggest global hub. Located in the exhilarating industrial heart of Johor, it’s also home to RDD, IT, operations,  finance, creative and HR.

The RDD facility is central to our plans to launch 100 new machines in the next four years. To meet these ambitions, we recently expanded the site to 30,000m², with 50 advanced technology labs and 700 new engineers. In the Dyson world, there’s no more exciting place to be.

Function Overview

It’s one thing to solve a problem that’ll change technology forever. But turning that idea into a reality involves solving many more problems – and success is ultimately measured, not by the thinking, but by the machine. Our manufacturing team supports over 1,000 Dyson engineers worldwide turning ideas into ground breaking technology. Involved early in the design, they identify materials, pre-empt production issues and find ways to build more efficiently and robustly. From designing the machines, to the machines that build the machines, they help shape the future of technology.


  • Facilitate, execute and manage Lean projects with operations cross functional teams to deliver significant cost saving by deploying Lean tools and methodologies (within Dyson and external manufacturing partners)

  • Serve as Lean content expert to build process improvement knowledge within Dyson and external manufacturing partners.

  • Train and mentor teams to drive improvement initiatives across the organization.

  • Identify best practices and copy across all manufacturing sites to achieve quick deployment of ideas and standardization.

  • Ensure all improvements are documented, sustained and adhered by all stakeholders.

  • Ensure all solutions do not affect product quality or reliability adversely.

  • Perform Lean assessment on a monthly basis to understand Lean maturity level for all manufacturing sites.

  • Perform Gap analysis and drive manufacturing sites to achieve targeted Lean maturity score by working closely with senior management team.

  • Perform other assignments as required.

  • Develop training materials and train users in all tools, measurements and procedures.

  • Identify and implement continuous improvement process in Contract Manufacturer (KAIZEN).

  • Work with cross functional teams to improve working environment and product throughput; and most importantly raise the level of awareness for lean manufacturing and continuous improvement.

  • Drive LEAN across the various functions to meet targets/KPIs.

  • Act as Line Design expert matter


  • Degree in Engineering, Operations Management, Business or other related field of study.

  • 5 years’ experience in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma preferable

  • Holder of Lean Six Sigma Black Belt or Lean Champion preferable

  • A formal Project Management qualification is desirable but not essential

  • Proven experience of leading successful teams and managing projects on time, to specification and within cost constraints

  • Knowledge and understanding of manufacturing techniques and limitations is desirable.


Knowledge Areas and Competencies:
  • Strong communicator; ability to convey complex issues concisely and accurately

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to build productive working relationships and influence

  • Excellent analytical skills; to be able to assess problems thoroughly and drive logical conclusions

  • Strong Lean Methodology and Six Sigma knowledge

  • Ability to think strategically with confidence and speed in execution.

  • Ability to adjust to rapid changes within the business.

  • Ability to successfully manage cross functional teams with a collaborative/mentoring style.

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact at all levels of the company

  • Assertive; readiness to press teams to take remedial action when required

  • Neutral; ability to shape project direction without imposing their own views or prejudices on the outcome


Benefits Overview

Dyson Malaysia monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries, bonuses and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll enjoy generous leave, a transport allowance and medical care and insurance. But financial benefits are just 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, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to fuelling and realising ambition.

Posted: 25-Jul-2017

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