Principal Manufacturing Engineer - BIW




We are currently recruiting a team of manufacturing specialists to work alongside our RDD technology groups to ensure that our products are manufactured to the highest standard.

The Principal Manufacturing Engineer role is an advanced manufacturing role with the remit to define and develop manufacturing solutions from the early phases of product development through to handover to our New Product Introduction team. This includes working with the product team to ensure Design for Manufacturing and Design for Assembly, plus working with Dyson engineers and suppliers to develop manufacturing systems, processes and equipment as required.

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).

The building is the heartbeat of Dyson. Nearly 2,000 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world. In 2017, our HQ will double its footprint with an ambitious new expansion.

Function Overview

It’s one thing to solve a problem that’ll change technology forever. But turning that idea into a reality takes solving many more problems – and success is ultimately measured, not by the thinking, but by the product.

Our Manufacturing department supports over 1,000 Dyson engineers worldwide turning ideas into groundbreaking technology. Involved early in the design, we identify materials, pre-empt production issues and find ways to build more efficiently. Yet robustly. From designing the machines, to the machines that build the machines, we’re helping to shape the future of technology.


Manufacturing DFx work with design teams:

  • Use DFA/DFM and Lean Manufacturing techniques to ensure suitability of all designs for efficient manufacture

  • Attend technical reviews / design meetings and present 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 a product, compare this to existing capability and map necessary areas for technology development

  • Work with other engineers, external suppliers and Universities to resolve these capability gaps through manufacturing technology development

Manufacturing documentation:

  • 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

  • Proof of Principle – where required develop proof of principle manufacturing rigs either internally or with external suppliers to understand manufacturing risk

  • Assess the process capability of key processes and equipment, using SPC, GR&R or Measurement System Analysis as appropriate

  • Project manage and oversee implementation of equipment (from complex machines to jigs and fixtures) using both internal and external (supplier) resource

  • Investigate and implement new component manufacturing solutions

  • Assist in the identification and selection of new manufacturing equipment suppliers


Manufacturing skills and experience:

  • Ability to demonstrate a sound understanding of Automotive engineering principles

  • Experience of a range of manufacturing techniques and an ability to explain them and apply them in novel and imaginative ways

  • Experience of implementing manufacturing solutions in a NPI/NPD environment, preferably at assembly level in addition to component level

  • Ability to drive progress and actions through an analytical and data driven approach

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

General skills and requirements:

  • 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

Manufacturing skills and 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

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

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: 6-Dec-2017

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