Project Manager - New Category


Malmesbury, Wiltshire


Project Manager – New Category

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for a talented and experienced Project Manager within Dyson’s Research, Design and Development (RDD) department helping to lead and shape the development of a new product category; based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, U.K. 

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. Over 1,500 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world. From 2016, our HQ will begin doubling its footprint with an ambitious new expansion.

Function Overview

Our design engineering team is the idea factory of Dyson. It’s where we took the bag out of the vacuum. The blades out of a fan. And the heat out of hand dryers. With free-flowing curiosity and creativity, ideas are never in short supply. The key is deciding which ones could change the world and which should, for now, be shelved. This is done by the New Product Innovation team, who pass on the best ideas to New Product Development. Sketching, prototyping, testing, failing and refining follow. It can take months, even years. But those ideas that make it are big – the kind that transform markets.


  • Coordinate and communicate project status between teams within the organisations to ensure effective and timely input; resolve conflicts and lead solutions.

  • Ensure the team use established Dyson development processes, good engineering practice and discipline to deliver a fully resolved solution to the correct standards.

  • Information management – governance and organisation of project related information.

  • Collate KPI information from the design team to track progress towards agreed targets.

  • Support the design leadership in management of resource allocation against engineering deliverables and project spend against agreed budget allocations.

  • Take an active, hands-on role to understand how engineering problems are resolved thoroughly and help support that resolution.

  • Work closely with the Design Leadership to maintain and manage the development of the L0/L1 project plan, ensuring project teams are aligned to the programme plan through robust L2/L3 plans.

  • Identify and plan release points through the programme and create an appropriate Engineering Timing Release Schedule (ETRS).


Degree (design, engineering and manufacturing preferable) or equivalent

  • Experience in complex system coordination / management

  • Holds formal project management qualifications (PMP / PRINCE2) and can bring forward innovative best practice applications that may benefit the project.

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.

  • Outstanding project management capabilities (i.e. estimating and planning, risk management, status reporting, budget tracking, benefits analysis, stakeholder management and communication, resource management)

  • Strong communicator; ability to convey complex issues concisely and accurately.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to build productive working relationships and influence.

  • Confident; comfortable with interacting with senior executives without being tempted to dilute unpleasant news or back down from well-reasoned analysis.Assertive; readiness to press teams to take remedial action when required.

  • Credible; ability to demonstrate a good level of understanding of engineering processes in order to work with design teams throughout the project development cycle.

To be able to multi-task and plan effectively when working with a variety of project teams in an often high-pressure, competitive environment.

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: 8-Feb-2017

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