Technical Project Manager - Software/Firmware

£Competitive + 27 Days Holiday + Bonus + Pension



We are looking for someone who has taken the step into Project Management, can illustrate projects managed/delivered but remains close to their technology path in either the Digital space or Mobile Application Development/Deployment.

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. Nearly 2,000 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world. In 2017, our HQ will double its footprint with an ambitious new expansion.

Function Overview

When you invent something, the right technology often doesn’t exist to make it work. So we make our own. From advanced systems, components and power supplies to building a digital motor from scratch, Dyson electronics engineers have enabled our ideas to become reality. As our future products rely more on robotics, connectivity, and complex sensing and navigation technologies, our high speed electronics will stand us apart. From designing the hardware to the systems, that make Dyson machines as reliable as they are intelligent, our electronics engineers are central to our most pioneering RDD.


Responsibilities include planning, scheduling, tracking/monitoring, resource allocation, issue/risk management, driving the teams and executing assigned projects against committed milestones. The role also covers proactive management of project stakeholders , project dependencies and communication. The role will report to the Lead Project Manager.


What You Will Have

  • A formal or working towards PjMgt qualification (e.g. APMP, PMP) would be advantageous.
  • A track record of project management within an engineering environment with a solid understanding of either the software or firmware space.
  • Experience of running agile developments, especially using tools like the Atlassian suite , would be an advantage.

What we are looking for

  • Effective communicator : ability to convey complex subject matter and issues clearly, concisely and accurately.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills : ability to build productive working relationships across the business.
  • Excellent analytical skills : able to assess problems thoroughly and drive logical and evidence based conclusions.
  • Confident : comfortable interacting with senior executives and presenting a robust, high level summary, backed by data.
  • Credible : ability to demonstrate a good level of understanding of engineering processes in order to work with design teams throughout the project development cycle.
  • Assertive : readiness to press teams to take remedial action when required.
  • Neutral: ability to shape project direction without imposing their own views or prejudices on the outcome.
  • Ability to balance several tasks at any one time and communicate progress and concerns in a timely manner.
  • Comfortable managing projects with high degrees of uncertainty.
  • Demonstrates understanding of planning, both top down and bottom up, scheduling, risk and issue management and resource allocation procedures.

What Dyson Expects of You

  • Proactively work with Leads, Managers and product development teams to derive, capture and agree required deliverables.
  • Derive, communicate and maintain robust and efficient project plans at appropriate resolutions for the stage of the project.
  • Act as the primary contact for the project both within our unit and the wider Dyson.
  • Proactively manage project risks, issues and all project dependencies, both internal and external to the project.
  • Working with Engineering Managers, define and agree resource requirements to deliver the project scope to meet defined quality standards within the required project timelines.
  • Lead engineering teams through the execution of projects, accurately and regularly reporting progress, including representing the project at various project, programme and product category reviews.
  • Where deviations from agreed plan arise, taking ownership and driving them to resolution.
  • Where this results in project change, to formally manage those changes ensuring all stakeholders understand and agree resulting implications.
  • You will be expected to identify and drive improvement opportunities to both engineering and project management processes and support development and dissemination of best practice and tools.

Benefits Overview

Dyson monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a management bonus, generous leave, life insurance, income protection, and private medical and dental care. But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. Leadership support and new opportunities abound, driven by regular dialogue and international training. 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: 13-Jan-2017

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