Undergraduate Admissions Partner - Dyson Institute

£Competitive + Bonus + Pension + Free Gym +27 days holiday



Ensure that the Dyson Institute attracts and recruits the best engineering school leavers in the UK.

In March 2016 James Dyson met with the Universities Minister, Jo Johnson, to discuss the acute shortage of graduate engineers in the UK.  He invited James to be the first to take full advantage of the new Higher Education and Research Act and build the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology – a brand new type of higher education institution.

The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology is one of the most exciting initiatives in Higher Education – a brand new degree at a brand new university. We’re looking for a determined individual to engage students, educate schools and influence parents, ensuring that we attract and recruit the best school leavers to the Dyson Institute.

Working alongside the Global ‘Early Careers’ team, you will be at the forefront of driving new marketing materials and initiatives, leading the candidate experience through the delivery of professional, personal candidate management, and managing the assessment and marketing events to ensure the best candidates are engaged and influenced to join us. 

The Undergraduate Admissions Partner is based in Malmesbury, and will report into the Undergraduate Experience Manager. The job will require travel for Schools liaison, networking and events locally and potentially nationally. 

Market Overview

Dyson HQ is tucked away in the Wiltshire countryside. 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 growing campus is the heartbeat of Dyson, benefitting from an onsite gym, sports pitch, multiple cafes and a nature walk. Over 3,500 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world.

By September 2018, Malmesbury will be a 24hr campus and our campus extension for the Dyson Institute will be built – 78 pods, crafted in Scotland and transported by lorry to Malmesbury, will be installed on site to house our first-year undergraduates. Our new Club House will become the social centre for the 3,500 employees and Undergraduates at Dyson. 

Function Overview

Dyson is ambitious about growth: expanding our global business by growing our people. We prize those rare individuals who challenge, invent and fit the Dyson mind-set.  We invest heavily in preparing them to lead the future of our business.  The Dyson Intitule of Technology embodies this ethos. 

This is a pioneering programme for both for Dyson and the education sector and will dovetail with the James Dyson Foundation’s school engagement initiatives to ensure that we attract and recruit the best school leavers in the UK.  

Our first cohort of undergraduates are enrolled on a four-year Bachelor of Engineering Degree written by leading Dyson engineers in collaboration with the University of Warwick.  Our cohort have the rare opportunity to blend study and ‘on the job’ learning working alongside some of the best engineers and scientists in the world.


Ensure we are at the right places, at the right time to build relationships and profile
Work with The James Dyson Foundation and Dyson Institute teams to understand existing school relationships and opportunities to promote apprenticeship agendas
Identify and liaise with partners within target schools and colleges – whether careers services, teachers or heads of 6th form – partnering at events as required
Attend industry and networking events as required to promote Dyson opportunities, share best practice, keep abreast of trends and research in this market

Help us build a compelling school leaver marketing campaign which brings the best to us and helps the wrong people self-select out
Work with the Undergraduate Experience Manager and business stakeholders to understand the opportunity, ideal candidate and key selling points
Contribute ideas to marketing initiatives and work with internal resources to ensure their development and execution

Deliver a candidate experience that reflects the excellent customer service we are known for
First point of contact for candidates through the recruitment cycle; acting as a brand ambassador throughout your interactions; solving problems, providing information, guidance and support, communicating in a timely manner.
Build relationship with offered candidates to ensure smooth transition from Recruitment to on-boarding processes 

Manage the process to work for candidates, for the Dyson Institute and for the team to ensure we are consistent, accessible, responsive and impressive at all stages
Assessing applications against established pre-screen criteria and behavioural responses at early screening stages, sending to relevant aptitude test as required
Telephone screen candidates as required to prequalify, and select for final Assessment stages 
Co-ordination and working towards management of assessment centres

Be a central contact and enthusiast about all things in the School Leaver market to ensure we stay connected and can steer the business appropriately
Network with school leavers across the business areas to develop a consistent team of presenters and champions to utilise at events, on assessment days and in marketing collateral as required
Invite internal stakeholders to focus groups and briefing sessions as required
Build relationships with internal stakeholders to resource assessment and on-boarding events
Build good relationships with People, global and Graduate recruitment and development teams

Coordination & support activities
Become Avature (Applicant Tracking System) expert, automating processes and communications where possible to ensure consistent and timely communication
Keep recruitment trackers up to date and produce reports as required
Producing and sending all contracts and offer paperwork for new starters
As required, take on additional tasks to support wider team initiatives and delivery


Knowledge of early talent recruitment and UK schools education system – probably experienced as a graduate yourself
Proactive – with a ‘can do’ attitude and a willingness to roll sleeves up and “muck in”
Flexible team player but able to work under own initiative and manage own workload
Exceptional attention to detail to ensure accurate communications at all times
A great communicator - Excellent verbal & written communication skills, enabled with IT skills to include MS Word, Outlook and PowerPoint
Creative thinker, able to contribute ideas to solve problems, define/develop more efficient ways of working
Comfortable presenting to groups and acting as an ambassador for an organisation
Resilient, comfortable with ambiguity and dynamic pace of work

Experience of working within a recruitment or universities admissions environment and communication with candidates, ideally using applicant tracking systems
Knowledge of the universities and HE landscape 
Competency/Behavioural based assessment experience
Experience of assessment event scheduling, facilitation and assessing with group exercises, role plays, presentation exercises etc. 
British Psychological Society Level A test administration and interpretation trained
Experience in an in-house recruitment function or RPO of high volume, competency based assessment

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 and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to creativity, innovation and ambition.

Posted: 20-Dec-2017

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