Undergraduate Experience Manager
£Competitive + Bonus + Pension + Free Gym +27 days holiday
Design and deliver a four-year experience that ensures our students graduate as the best engineers and young professionals in the world.
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.
Our Undergraduate Experience Manager role offers the unique opportunity to shape a pioneering approach to school leaver education and employment. You will lead a small team (line managing our Undergraduate Admissions Partner and Undergraduate Development Partner) and report into the Director of the Dyson Institute. You will also work closely with the broader Dyson talent team, with a dotted line into Dyson’s Global Talent Director.
This role will also work in close collaboration with our talent acquisition team to ensure we recruit people that fit our unique Dyson culture. The role will also partner with the Dyson talent team to identify personal and professional development needs for the cohort, design learning interventions as well as a longer term learning journey which will enable our undergraduates to fulfil their potential and equip them to be Dyson experts and leaders of the future.
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.
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 Institute of Engineering and 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.
- This role will involve close collaboration with our talent acquisition team to support the assessment and selection of future undergraduate engineers.
- It will partner with the Dyson talent team to identify personal and professional development needs for the cohort, design learning interventions as well as a longer term learning journey which will enable our undergraduates to fulfil their potential and equip them to be Dyson experts and leaders of the future.
- It will lead the development of the undergraduate onboarding and induction experience and will support undergraduates in navigating their first experience of working and studying independently.
- The role will work with our Technical Manager and the University of Warwick to curate developmental experiences, professional skills training and the resources required across the four-year programme to ensure we support our undergraduates to fulfil their potential.
- The role will build (and develop) a strong support network of buddies and mentors to assist the transition of the Undergraduates into working life.
The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology is new, highly visible and complex.
You must be able to build strong working relationships and work effectively in a rapidly changing matrix environment, and with key external bodies, to deliver your goals. An ability to operate with ambiguity and set a clear direction, demonstrating creativity and pragmatism, is essential.
You will be passionate about young people’s education, with high levels of emotional intelligence. You will have had exposure to the education sector (school leavers, apprenticeships, universities) and may come from a talent development, talent acquisition, education, or psychology background.
An ability to operate at a conceptual/strategic level is highly desirable, whilst retaining an interest in supporting the development of young people directly as they adapt to work and higher education for the first time.
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.
Applications will close at 12pm on Friday 12th January
Interviews will be held on Monday 15th January