Description and Requirements

With a proven track-record of success as a Procurement Manager in an Automotive Procurement environment, you will be handling a diverse range of high risk, high value spend categories, with technical complexity.

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 650 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.


Lead the Procurement activities for Powertrain and represent UK Procurement in cross functional team meetings for new and existing projects.

Drive and manage Category costs to meet Should Costs and Target Costs.

Develop Category Sourcing Plans for each project, identifying High-risk and High-impact parts and ensuring all necessary Category Procurement activities are complete.

Work with engineers and suppliers to create detailed specifications, and identify VA/VE and DFM opportunities – and ensure they are adopted and benefits realised.

Support cross functional long term Procurement strategy for designated categories and related components, obtaining buy in from key stakeholders within the business.

Initiate negotiations and take the lead in closing price agreements to meet KPIs in cooperation with the Category team.

Identify risk, minimise exposure and work closely with internal stakeholders to define and implement mitigating actions.

Contract negotiation and new vendor identification, introduction and management.


Degree/CIPS qualified.

Substantial experience in Procurement Category Management.

Demonstrate understanding of technical engineering relevant to the Automotive industry.

Strong commercial background within a High-Tech manufacturing, engineering or technology business.

Proficient negotiator with proven abilities in influencing people at all levels of an organisation.

Strong manufacturing and quality knowledge with a process orientation to govern cost and supplier selection.

Experience in product costing and/or costed Bill of Materials and identification of product cost drivers.

Good understanding of legal regulations and contract setting.

Strong problem solving and analytical skills: to be able to assess problems thoroughly and drive logical conclusions.

Experience in Electrical Motors and Powertrain would be desirable but not essential.

Experience in EV battery cell Technology is also desirable but not essential.

Benefits Overview:

27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays

Pension scheme

Performance related bonus

Life assurance

Free on-site parking

Lift share scheme

Subsidised café and restaurants

Discount on Dyson machines

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.