Procurement Manager


Senai,Johor- Malaysia


The role will be Procurement Project Manager/Leader, primarily their responsible is managing and coordinating activities and deliverables that Procurement is responsible for projects within each Category – ensuring Project is on time and on cost.

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

Procurement at Dyson plays a vital role in strategic decision making. Ultimately it affects the very design of our machines and the growth ambitions of the business. In the balance between quality and price, quality must always win. So our global team needs to be rigorous in selection. Meticulous in determining standards, researching suppliers, analysing value and negotiating contracts. Challenging and diverse, their work creates a dynamic, driven team. Where the ‘next big thing’ relies on their ability to deliver agile, lean solutions as much as the inventiveness of Dyson engineers’ themselves.


Main Duties/Responsibilities:

The role will be Procurement Project Manager/Leader, primarily their responsible is managing and coordinating activities and deliverables that Procurement is responsible for projects within each Category – ensuring Project is on time and on cost.


This includes:

  • Working on a number of NPI projects concurrently
  • Working with Commodity Managers to develop plans and identify lead-times and deadlines for ordering commodity parts in relation to the various prototyping or engineering builds planned as part of product development process. This includes project budgeting on Capex.
  • Help to identify and flag up issues in relation to consigned parts / risk buys required to deliver prototype / engineering builds on time.
  • Support reviews of bought out components with CM and provide directions on purchase and changes as reviewed internally with Dyson cross team.
  • Follow up with Engineering to understand what the status of bought out parts  and what is needed from Contract Manufacturer to secure the purchase
  • Working with Contract Manufacturer to raise POs for write offs of parts during Engineering Build phases of projects
  • Providing regular updates on status of these plans and any issues with consigned parts / materials and risk buys for Engineering Builds.
  • Drive cost down activities from development phase right to SOP + 3 months, this includes working with the RDD, and CM, Test and Operation team to ensure timeline and target is achieved.
  • Own and drive project’s costing to meet budget/target pricing, working alongside with Finance and RDD to drive cost deliverance. Providing Product Cost team on bought out components pricing on a monthly basic, or whenever there is a change or up issue on revision.
  • Challenging Commodity Managers / suppliers to ensure best pricing is achieved, this can either be through benchmarking exercise, 3 quotes justification, bottom up costing etc.
  • Reporting commercial progress on Tooling, P&E, and related activities on the projects

Person specification:
  • Self motivated, independent, results-driven
  • Ability to deliver under pressure and in tight timelines
  • Process change / improvement skills are desirable
  • Attention to detail is a must


  • Degree level qualification or above
  • Self motivated, accurate and operate with the highest ethical standards.
  • Project Management  - planning, risk management, and procurement - at least 3-5 years in a relevant industry
  • Strong process orientation, co-ordination and facilitation skills
  • Fair minded approach and ability to be totally objective essential.
  • Good spoken & written communication in English
  • Prepared to challenge the norm and look for new ways of doing things
  • Good understanding of manufacturing and how Dyson operates
  • Strong communicator - Interpersonal skills - ability to build productive working relationships and influence
  • Problem solving and analytical skills: to be able to assess problems thoroughly and drive logical conclusions (i.e. common sense and not embarrassed to ask supposedly “silly” questions)
  • Assertiveness / negotiation - readiness to press teams to take remedial action when required and ensure decisions are made when required
  • Integrity / confidence under pressure – always presenting the facts no matter what the circumstances


  • Communication: You clearly communicate with everyone who needs to know.  You think about what the recipient needs and tailor your style and content accordingly.  You listen to others and ensure you’ve understood their point of view.
  • Inspire and Challenge: You’re willing to challenge assumptions and think differently.  You’re open to new ideas and seek inspiration from the environment around you.
  • Passion and Drive: You set high standards for your self and others and consistently strive for different and better.  You’re diligent and thorough and place high importance on accuracy.  You remain positive in the face of setbacks and keep pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve.
  • Flexibility and Initiative: You pre-empt problems and seize opportunities without waiting to be told.  You’re an independent thinker and you take responsibility for your actions even if there’s a chance of failure.  In a changing environment you’re able to adapt plans and re focus your efforts on what the business needs.
  • Forward Thinking: You think ahead and foresee issues and solutions. You plan your time and your projects taking all factors into account.
  • Collaborative working: You consistently share your knowledge and findings with others in a clear and accessible way.  You recognize that this is key to Dyson’s future success and this is demonstrated in the way you work across projects, teams, departments, levels and continents.
  • Business Focus: You know what’s important for Dyson.  You work well with key individuals and align your efforts with departmental and business priorities.
  • Developing self and others: You work in both formal and informal ways to ensure that you all those around you have the skills, knowledge and initiative to deliver.  You focus not just on fixing the problem but on developing their understanding


  • CIPS (or equivalent) qualification
  • Mandarin. Additional other Chinese dialects would be an advantage
  • Manufacturing background
  • Experience of lean manufacturing

Benefits Overview

Dyson Malaysia monitors the market to ensure we offer  competitive salaries, management bonuses and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll enjoy generous leave and medical care and insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a career at Dyson. Leadership support and new opportunities abound, driven by regular dialogue and international training. 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 progress, innovation and realising ambition.

Posted: 8-Mar-2017

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