Description and Requirements

  • Reporting into our Senior Electronics Procurement Manager, this role will be a key position within the growing UK and global electronics procurement team.

Market Overview:

Dyson HQ is home to over 3,500 people who work across a medley of engineering and commercial functions. The award-winning campus has three cafes, a sports centre and a number of engineering icons including our Harrier and Lightning jets – one of which hangs from the ceiling of our café. Based in Malmesbury, the campus is within easy reach of both the Cotswolds and cities like Bath and Bristol along the M4 corridor.

Function Overview:

Neodymium magnets. Aerospace-grade carbon fibre. PEEK high strength plastic. Just a few of the materials procured to build just one of our machines – the Dyson digital motor V2. But when you design unconventional machines, you need unconventional materials. The Procurement department works directly with RDD on Dyson’s most secret projects. Sourcing high quality materials, and finished components with demanding specifications, means tracking down niche suppliers. It requires tenacity, speed and efficiency to meet project milestones. In essence, we need to be as inventive as Dyson engineers.


  • Lead the Procurement activities for the designated Category and represent UK Procurement in cross functional team meetings for new and existing projects.
  • Drive and manage NPD Category costs to meet Should Costs and Target Costs. The role will work in collaboration with the Procurement Project Managers, Category Design Managers and the Product Cost team to deliver Target costs to support the Business Case.
  • 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
  • Network quickly and integrate at all levels in Dyson
  • Contract negotiation and new vendor identification, introduction and management
  • Work autonomously with accountability for your categories strategies and performance


  • Degree/CIPS qualified
  • Substantial experience in Procurement Category Management
  • Demonstrate understanding of technical engineering relevant to designated Category
  • Strong commercial background within a High-Tech manufacturing and/or engineering industry
  • Consider Engineering / Technology / Manufacturing backgrounds
  • Proficient negotiator with proven abilities in influencing people at all levels in the 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
  • Self-motivated, accurate and operates with the highest ethical standards. Prepared to work hard to get the right result for Dyson, be tough yet be fair with our supplier base
  • Excellent communication skills for reporting to stakeholders at different levels
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills: to be able to assess problems thoroughly and drive logical conclusions
  • Willing to challenge the status quo – internally and externally
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build productive working relationships and influence stakeholders
  • Integrity and confidence under pressure – always presenting the facts no matter what the circumstances
  • Fluent spoken and written English

Benefits Overview:

  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Performance related bonus
  • Life assurance
  • Sport centre
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidized café and restaurants
  • Discounts on Dyson machines