Junior Project Manager for NPI and Research




Dyson are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic project manager to join the Research and New Product Innovation (NPI) team, charged with responsibility for delivering business & engineering projects including full operationalisation of our New Product Innovation Centre.

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 strategising, 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

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 2,000 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.


As a Project Manager you will be used to approaching problems from fresh perspectives and that would be no different in this role. You will work alongside Engineers and Scientists to help develop new processes, systems and RDD workspaces including test facilities. The role is an ideal place to start or build your career at Dyson, providing the opportunity to deliver projects for key stakeholders across all departments working in the heart of Dyson's Research, Design and Development centre. A combination of hands on experience and dedicated training will offer you the chance to develop skills and experience in Engineering, Business Process, Project Management, and Stakeholder Relationships.

Main Responsibilities & Duties

Dyson's Innovation Centre opened its doors to over 400 Engineers in 2016, including new workspaces, laboratories and IT tools. To fully support our future product & technology pipeline we need to design and deliver over 15 specialist test facilities in the next 2-3 years with an estimated total cost of £5m. We require a project manager to:

  • Engage and work with key stakeholders to understand and develop their requirements in to a clear statement of work or brief
  • Instruct and work with our Estates team and specialist contractors (Architects, Space Planners, Mechanical & Electrical) to develop and refine that brief into a project that could be tendered and delivered
  • Act as the key RDD interface between the engineers and 3rd party contractors during the delivery phase coordinating any value engineering activity or changes to requirements.
  • Carry out detailed planning to ensure that projects are delivered on agreed timescales and specification, challenging that specification where applicable
  • Own the project risk and issue register for all D9 expansion projects and provide timely reporting on progress vs plan.

Research & Development Productivity Projects

Periodically the project manager will have an opportunity to support selected business productivity projects. These vary in scale and are likely to include:

  • Improvements in the way we collaborate globally by maximising the use of business IT tools such as SharePoint, Skype for business and Reporting
  • Conducting surveys and reviews to better identify where inefficiencies and waste exist and then working with the relevant teams to agree actions to improve them that can be tracked.
  • Creation of operational reporting dashboards to improve awareness of project progress and engineering process improvement initiatives.


  • Degree (design, engineering, construction preferred) or equivalent
  • Experience in conducting business or engineering process improvement initiatives
  • Experience in using Microsoft SharePoint or similar digital collaboration tools
  • Energy and Enthusiasm; engaging stakeholders in a positive frame to drive timely and successful outcomes
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build productive working relationships and influence
  • Analytical skills; to be able to assess problems thoroughly and drive logical conclusions (i.e. common sense and not embarrassed to ask supposedly “silly” questions)
  • Credible; ability to demonstrate a good level of understanding of engineering processes in order to work with design teams throughout the project development cycle
  • Creative; ability to think outside the box. There is frequently more than one solution to a problem or brief.

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: 27-Jan-2017

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