Product Safety Engineer


Malmesbury, Wiltshire


Through the application of safety engineering best practice, knowledge and expertise this senior position will help shape and influence future Dyson product design. Upholding the Dyson culture of ensuring inherent safety by design, beyond regulatory standard only, the Product Safety Engineer is instrumental in the Dyson development process.

Focused on a specific product category, with a diverse and varied portfolio, the Product Safety Engineer will provide value add safety insight to inform and guide decision making throughout the design and development process.

Through the creation of credible evidence, proactive research and analysis the Product Safety Engineer is expected to comment on and act as the focal point for safety based decision making. Through close collaboration within a Global team, and through line management of engineers in South East Asia, the Product Safety Engineer will be expected to support the mediation of design review through presentation to the Dyson Product Safety Committee.

Acting on the committee’s behalf to catalogue all safety based decisions and gain ultimate approval prior to launch. A growing team, already crucial, the Product Safety Function within the Global Quality team offers considerable scope for an individual eager for personal growth and wanting to assist in evolving and developing a team in a fast paced, exciting and challenging environment.

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 2,000 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world.

Function Overview

Dyson products are built to last, as well as perform. To do this we invest heavily in performance and reliability testing, building our own machines to test our machines. 24 hours a day, seven days a week we put them through their paces. We analyse data and customer feedback, relentlessly improving product safety, reliability, usability and customer satisfaction. Each generation of Dyson technology must set the benchmark for the next. And with so many new categories on the way, our Global Quality team will need to be more inventive than ever.


Key responsibilities:

  • Promote cultural awareness of product safety keeping informed and vigilant of global status while supporting any required corrective action;
  • Support, through a matrix environment; market Safety teams to produce timely safety insight through a co-ordinated and structured approach.
  • Act as the guardian of safety knowledge and data for a dedicated product category within the Dyson range.
  • Work alongside market safety teams to produce and maintain standardised reports, trackers and dashboards to communicate category status.
  • Where appropriate support the escalation of market issue. Lead and monitor to ensure appropriate and effective corrective action.
  • Champion the correlation of product safety requirements across functions such as reliability, consumer satisfaction, and manufacturing and supply Quality.

Act as the focal point for category level safety development decision, monitor and report throughout the development life cycle;

  • Actively advocate continuous improvement activity taken from existing market knowledge into future development programs supporting the needs and requirements of innovation and development teams.
  • Ensure engagement during development, emphasising shared responsibility in achieving safe and reliable design.
  • Consult and advocate best practice through participation in safety risk assessment such as FMEA, Fault tree analysis and Hazard Identification.

Select and conduct appropriate ad-hoc analysis to support and influence design direction and decision making.

  • Publish timely reports on development status, with relation to product safety, at defined development milestones across a portfolio of development projects.
  • Record and catalogue all safety decisions through development and final manufacture. Create and present all required documentation to the Dyson Product Safety Committee and Head of Quality.
  • Act as the category representative to co-ordinate required action dictated from the Dyson product Safety committee with associated development teams.
  • Analyse and assess product designs and associated qualification test data, requirements with acceptance evidence, non-conformances and limitations to justify internal Dyson Safety standards are met prior to launch. Lead in the development of method, technique and approach to Product Safety assessment and design within the Global Quality function;
  • Continue to integrate new KPIs and metrics to quantify and measure product safety both for development and in market product.
  • Keep informed of industry best practice and norms. Research and integrate where necessary into Dyson process.
  • Lead, motivate and coach a small team of safety engineers.
  • Pro-actively conduct technical research into industry specific safety guidelines or design practice.
  • Attend the specific Safety steering committee, on behalf of Global Quality, to support and develop cross functional activity related to product safety across a vested stakeholder group.


Qualifications, skills and behaviours:


  • Demonstrable experience in safety engineering/ product safety, and activities contributing to the production of safety cases and reports.
  • Knowledge and experience in systems engineering, requirements, design, validation and integration.
  • Knowledge and application of Safety assessment techniques.
  • Broad technical strength across electrical systems, electronics and software with an understanding of basic mechanical engineering.
  • An open and co-operative approach, empathetic of others with a pleasant and collaborative outlook. A team player.
  • Patient with a mentality that thrives in fluid, dynamic and often unstructured environments.
  • Ability to change priorities quickly and deliver simultaneously across projects of different priorities and pace. Results driven.
  • Excellent communication skills able to convey ideas simply to a diverse audience. A confident presenter of complex technical subject matter.
  • Quick learner, willing to be flexible in tasks and activities taken on.


  • Line management experience with the ability to lead, coach and develop.
  • Experience in a relevant industry such as consumer electronics.
  • Knowledge of processes leading to compliance with industry regulatory standards.
  • Multilingual language speakers.


  • Degree educated with a preference to Electronics, Software or Systems Engineering or similar discipline.
  • Good achievement at A-level or equivalent (3+ A/B in maths/sciences).

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: 20-Feb-2018

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