UK James Dyson Foundation Manager

£ 35,000-£38,000 + Bonus + 27 days holiday



This is where your charity sector experience and passion for philanthropy can have much bigger impact on the future and around the world.

The James Dyson Foundation is dedicated to encouraging young people to think differently and realise their design engineering potential. So we give schools the tools to engineer bigger futures, students the bursaries to bring their ideas to life and educators the capital gifts are helping to build new educational facilities. And we do all of that across the UK, the US, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.

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

The James Dyson Foundation (JDF) – Dyson’s international charity – aims to inspire young people to realise their engineering potential. We send free engineering activities into schools, offer bursaries to university students and make capital gifts to enable new engineering education facilities. We operate in the UK, US, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.

We’re looking for a UK Manager who can support the work of the James Dyson Foundation in the UK as the charity grows, as well as four new Dyson charitable trusts which are recently established. We need someone with experience in the charity sector and a passion for philanthropy - especially education and healthcare. We are looking for someone highly organised, comfortable representing the charity trustees at high profile meetings and events and with a natural flair for writing.


Here in the UK, our continued growth and the recent establishment of 4 new Dyson charitable trusts has created

this exciting opportunity to

lead and support our ambitious plans. It’s a brand new role that offers brand new challenge and opportunity and

to work with our most

senior people to influence the Foundation and shape the role.

Taking the lead on all of the Foundation’s project work, you’ll build the relationships that roll out school engineering education and university partnerships. With schools, that will include developing and delivering programmes, while with universities that means managing key relationships, setting a joined up strategy and developing our university bursary and scholarship programme. Key elements of the role also include championing and communicating the Foundation’s work and researching and managing gifts and grants.


Of graduate calibre and with charity sector experience, you’ll ideally also have a particular knowledge of or passion for education and healthcare. Here, you’ll be asked to stay abreast of developments in education and grow your knowledge of STEM education. Just as important are excellent organisational skills, the confident communication skills essential to presenting and representing the Foundation wherever needed, and a flexible, creative approach. Some travel to London and around the South West will be required.


Working with Dyson offers opportunities for rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities 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.

Benefits Overview

Dyson offers a competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a management bonus, 2, 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, 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: 1-Feb-2017

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