Product Prototype Manager


Malmesbury, UK


The Product Prototype Manager Role plays a pivotal role in ensuring that all of our prototype job requests are planned, resourced and monitored to meet demanding RDD business needs. You will be aligned with all the specific prototype functions within the department and will assist the Global Head of Prototyping by liaising with the wider RDD teams to drive projects through from job request to completion.

Market Overview

Nestled in the Cotswolds close to landmarks of the revolutionary Victorian engineer Brunel, Dyson GB & Ireland &Nordics (GB&I&N) shares offices and has close links with Dyson HQ. In fact, many of our people progress into roles within the global team.
As Dyson’s most established market, GB&I&N provides unique challenges to our growth. We thrive on confronting these head on: developing new categories, stronger claims, more targeted marketing and more engaging retail environments to fight off tough competition. It builds great camaraderie and cross-team support – and motivates us to set increasingly ambitious targets.

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.


  • Lead delivery of projects through all prototyping functions, from brief through to manufacture, resolving day to day challenges. Work with internal teams to achieve project objectives on budget, suitability and implementation.
  • Champion clear and effective communication across the team. Support the Global Head of Prototyping  to drive the process and maximize efficiency and team/department success
  • Provide a weekly status report for each project and ensure that Key Performance data is updated into workshop systems in a timely and accurate manner. E.g. machines utilisation, delivery & performance trackers, etc.
  • Ensures deliverables align with core Dyson strengths and behaviors to ensure impact and adoption across the business
  • Supporting Workshop Lean Six Sigma team in providing statistic and data analysis report
  • Work with minimum supervision and report status to line manager
  • Communicate effectively to all levels within organization


Qualifications, skills and behaviours:


  • Extensive knowledge of all Rapid Prototype Processes and have the experience of managing 20+ people working in excess of 400 – 500 prototype job requests a week.
  • Must have extensive hands on experience in Rapid Prototyping methods within a Research & Development function
  • Strong leadership and people-management skills.
  • Highly organised, excellent time, project management and communication skills. Ability to multitask is paramount as well as meticulously keeping an eye on the detail.
  • Must have unparalleled communication and influencing skills across, up and down the organisation
  • Tenacious problem solver, with a proactive and solutions orientated approach.
  • Resourceful, energetic and motivated

Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Initiative and Proactivity: Able to pre-empt problems and seize opportunities without waiting to be told

  • Drive for results: Focuses on expedient delivery, to the right level of resolution and quality.

  • Concern for accuracy: Consistently delivers the required level of accuracy and quality

  • Attitude: Takes job responsibilities seriously, and conducts themselves in a positive and professional manner.

  • Communication: Ability to effectively communicate and converse with the product innovation and technology research teams.

  • Planning and Organising: Able to develop clear, efficient and logical approaches to work.

  • Product Focus: Proactively drives costs efficiencies.

  • Flexibility: Willing to adapt thinking, behaviour and activities to suit the requirements of different situations. Assists managers and colleagues with their requests, and is willing to work with people to deliver.

  • Communicates effectively and regularly at all levels required for the role.

  • Teamwork: Shows the willingness to put the goal of the team before personal goals, and the ability to build effective co-operative relationships with others

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: 4-Apr-2018

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