Cost Engineering Team Lead


Malmesbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom


Cost Engineering Team Lead will aim to compile, review and challenge product costs on a part level basis within key subassemblies. A robust approach to challenging the cost assumptions will be essential as well as creating ‘should cost’ models and bottom up costing in addition to detail analysis of supplier quotations and identifying opportunities to reduce the costs.

Dyson Overview

Things move quickly at Dyson. In twenty years, what began with one man and one idea has grown into a global technology company, with 6,000 people and a presence in over 70 countries. From Malmesbury to Malaysia to the US to Australasia and many countries in between, we’ve sold over 80 million machines.

And it’s just the start. From 2016 our Malmesbury HQ is doubling its footprint. The US, our biggest market, is doubling their sales scope. And new frontiers are opening up across South East Asia and beyond. More people, more ideas and more space for more invention. The next four years will be our biggest and busiest yet.

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 strategizing, 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

Neodymium magnets. Aerospace-grade carbon fibre. PEEK high strength plastic. Just a few of the materials procured to build just one of our machines – the Dyson digital motor V2. But when you design unconventional machines, you need unconventional materials. The Cost department works directly with RDD on Dyson’s most secret projects. Sourcing high quality materials, and finished components with demanding specifications, means tracking down niche suppliers. It requires tenacity, speed and efficiency to meet project milestones. In essence, we need to be as inventive as Dyson engineers. 


  • Sub assembly bottom up BOM building
  • Regular reporting of cost development
  • Liaising with procurement and engineering to identify most cost efficient design solutions
  • Creating should cost models for different commodities
  • Defining clear target costs for each key assembly
  • Developing tools and techniques to analyse and challenge all areas of the product cost profile.


Relevant degree in Engineering…finance qualifications desirable but to essential, familiar with SAP and other software packages, good with numbers and spread sheets, tenacious, team player, ability to challenge the norm, ability to persuade people to consider alternative ways forward.

  • The ability to provide technical support and direction to project teams.

  • Good analytical ability and attention to detail including an affinity for numbers.

  • Good interpersonal communication and team working skills, to work in close collaboration with and influence project development teams.

  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format to peers and upwards to senior management

  • Ability to adapt or generate imaginative and innovative cost effective ideas, in line with core Dyson values

  • Inquisitive and challenging nature - be prepared to constructively challenge others in order to fully understand an issue or situation. Not accepting assumptions at face value. Willing to challenge the status quo in order to realise benefits.

  • To be able to multi-task and plan effectively when working with a variety of project teams in an often high-pressure, competitive environment in an organised manner 

  • Excellent team working and interpersonal skills, building relationships with individuals within the project teams which will be essential to the success of the role

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: 3-Jul-2017