Associate Principal Manufacturing Engineer - Paint

Competitive + benefits



This role sits within the Advanced Manufacturing Team of our Automotive function.

Market Overview

Malmesbury is tucked away in countryside famous for the landmarks of Isambard Brunel, who revolutionised modern engineering. A charming Wiltshire market town doesn’t sound like the place to develop world leading technology, but it’s just right for us. Our secluded location helps us to protect our ideas and stay independent–minded.

As part of the £2.5 billion investment, Dyson acquired a 517 acre plot in Hullavington. This former Royal Air Force base, just five miles from Dyson HQ, will increase our UK footprint tenfold. We’ll be turning old hangars into futuristic labs and workspaces – creating a campus to rival those in Silicon Valley.

Function Overview

We’ve begun work on a battery electric vehicle – that’s no secret. It has remained our ambition to solve the worldwide problem of air pollution for nearly 30 years. Now that we have the ability to bring all our technologies together into a single product, we’re able to solve this problem at the source. For now, it’s all about finding the right people to make it all happen for 2020.


The Associate Principal Manufacturing Engineer (Paint) role is an advanced manufacturing role with the remit to define and develop manufacturing solutions and a manufacturing system for Paint, both in conjunction with the product engineering team and external equipment and process suppliers. The key aims are to ensure that the process and equipment implications of product engineering decisions are understood, to drive consensus on the necessary process specification and to lead the technical solution in conjunction with key suppliers.

  • Use DFM and Lean Manufacturing techniques to ensure suitability of all designs for efficient manufacture
  • Attend technical reviews / design meetings and provide feedback where required
  • Lead virtual builds, to develop an assembly process and understand risks
  • Support physical builds in a Pilot Build environment
  • Manage technical issues and escalate where appropriate
  • Project management, through development and monitoring of timing plans
  • Manufacturing technology development:
  • Assess the manufacturing requirements associated with the product, compare this to existing capability and map necessary areas for technology development
  • Work with other engineers and external suppliers to resolve these capability gaps through manufacturing technology development  
  •  Generation of manufacturing documentation for new products / technologies, such as process and material flows, prototype build videos, production layouts and time studies, equipment lists and costings, PFMEAs, etc.
  • Contribute towards the development and submission of departmental responses to key individuals such as Directors, programme managers and design managers
  • Specification, purchase and implementation of Manufacturing Systems and equipment
  • Create RFQ specifications for key manufacturing equipment
  • Raise capital requests in a timely manner to support product launch plans
  • Project manage and oversee implementation of equipment using both internal and or external resource


  • Ability to demonstrate a sound understanding of general engineering principles
  • Experience of a range of manufacturing techniques and an ability to explain them and apply them in novel and imaginative ways
  • Ability to drive progress and actions through an analytical and data driven approach
  • Broad experience of automotive paint processes, both high and low bake, both metals and plastics
  • Project and People management skills and experience
  • Project management experience, leading and delivering technology projects into production with flawless launch, meeting productivity & quality targets
  • Ability to influence decision makers (both technical and non-technical) in a challenging environment
  •  Degree level education in an Engineering discipline
  • Extensive experience in relevant engineering roles
  • Self-motivated with the ability to lead, guide and influence others not in their direct line of responsibility
  • Experience of working in an environment where specification and process are not always predetermined
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills, with the ability to interact effectively at all levels within the business Desirable Skills & Experience
  • Green or Black belt accreditation in Lean Six-Sigma
  • Manufacturing simulation
  • Delivered continuous improvement in a manufacturing environment
  • Manufacturing process research and development
  • Manufacturing equipment design, build and implementation o Specification and implementation of a new paint facility or significant upgrade to an existing facility
  • Project and People management skills and experience
  • Held a position of responsibility (project / people / financial) within the manufacturing function of a lean, quality driven, class leading organization
  • Ability to evaluate, understand and manage risk (technical, safety, commercial) associated with a project
  • Project management: APM or PMI certifications
  • Product design and development

Benefits Overview

Dyson monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you will be invited to join the company bonus scheme, get 27 days annual leave and you’ll qualify for life assurance. You will also have access to our free on-site gym with regular fitness classes (subject to membership availability) and two on-site cafés which cater to a variety of tastes. 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: 25-May-2018

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