Principal Engineer (Motors & Sensing)


Senai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia


Dyson Commercial Motors team is responsible for development and integration of electric motors into Dyson machines. The Principle Motors Engineer overseas the technical aspects of motor development from a products initial design stages to production working with global cross-functional teams.


This position requires energetic person who looks for new technical challenges, possesses strong enthusiasm to solve difficult problems, leading by example, improving the overall technical knowledge and stretching the capabilities of the wider team.


Dyson Overview

.(Global business – number of people, countries, offices, machines sold, expansion, bigger, better)


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.



2.(JD story – one man and an idea, where it all began, still leads the business today, family owned)


Not many global technology companies can say they’re still led by the founder. But we can. The same man who invented the first bagless vacuum, who persevered for 15 years to sell his idea, then took on Hoover when they stole it. And the same man who, as our Chief Engineer, has personally overseen every Dyson invention since.


James Dyson still defines the spirit of Dyson today. His entrepreneurial edge and tenacity guide our fighting spirit. Still family owned, we’re fiercely independent. Who we are and what we invent is down to us, and us alone. And we remain committed to keeping it this way.


3.(Multiple categories – from vacuums to global technology business, the new product categories we’ve entered, our own motor, four categories to come by 2020)


Much has changed since James Dyson launched the bagless vacuum that started our business. In the time since, Dyson engineers have invented heat-free hand dryers, bladeless fans, long-life LED lighting and even our own digital motor.


Today, vacuums represent just half of our sales. And Dyson has even broader ambitions still. With a future technology pipeline spanning 25 years, the next few are set to be our busiest yet. 3,000 new people. 100 new machines. And four brand new product categories by 2020. So get ready for the next big thing.



4. (Problem solvers – our approach to engineering, we see problems and engineer better solutions, transplanting technologies for new purposes)


Why put up with vacuum bags that diminish suction? Why labour drying hands with slow, energy-hungry machines? Why should fans use blades or lightbulbs fail so fast? There’s always a better way. And at Dyson, our mission is to find it. Solving old problems with new thinking, to invent machines that work better.


But innovation isn’t easy. Our engineers experiment relentlessly, persevere through failure, and search for answers in unlikely places. And, to put the technology they invent into our owners’ hands, Dyson commercial people do exactly the same. Defying convention. From source, to shop.


Market Overview

In 2000, Dyson moved production from Malmesbury to Malaysia to be closer to our supply chains and open up international growth. The small team of 10 has now grown to almost 1,200 – forming Dyson’s second biggest global hub. Located in the exhilarating industrial heart of Johor, it’s also home to RDD, IT, operations,  finance, creative and HR.

The RDD facility is central to our plans to launch 100 new machines in the next four years. To meet these ambitions, we recently expanded the site to 30,000m², with 50 advanced technology labs and 700 new engineers. In the Dyson world, there’s no more exciting place to be.

Function Overview

Motors & Power systems

Sometimes, making a technological leap forward means going back to the beginning. Since 1999, we’ve spent £150m building a motor from scratch – small, light and efficient, yet extremely powerful. Our motors are what enable our technology to be different – it’s why they’re protected by 20 to 30 patents. But the next generation demands new directions. Energy storage, robotics, nanotechnology and space-age materials. So our multi-disciplinary team, led by some of the world’s best power electronics engineers, knows that only the most pioneering thinking will do.         


Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage electric motor development and integration into Dyson’s new and existing products in specific time, spec and cost with good quality, performance and reliability.

  • To review and sign-off the product specification when required.

  • Review product specifications and provide resolution on the specific technical challenges and new design requirements for each key technology block with focus on:

  • Ability to define and understand  product’s electronics system architecture

  • Knowhow of motor control system especially BLDC 3 phase motor & stepper.

  • Knowhow for various sensing technologies

  • Has experience developing consumer product which has AC series, PM & BLDC.

  • Knowhow in product hardware and software integration

  • Knowhow on electronics and motor manufacturing process.

  • Make regular technical communication with motor suppliers. Reviewing the intended design to ensure it will comply with Dyson’s product requirement, validation methods and quality standard.

  • To drive the highest standards of reporting, communication and documentation.

  • Lead investigations into resolving complex motor related technical issues and performance enhancements.

  • Apply engineering skills & knowledge to deeply understand issues and ensure proven technical solution but to communicate this effectively to the global senior leadership team

  • Early recognition of motor development project’s risk from and Propose and manage recovery plans for corrective action of technical issues / development bottlenecks.

  • To be accountable for the motors technical risk sign-off as an independent view that all milestone deliverables have been met to the required standard of completion. Where deliverables have not been met satisfactorily the PE should work with the Design Manager to ensure the risks are highlighted within the Milestone Review.

  • Troubleshooting significant operational and departmental issues that have been prioritized by management. These will take precedence over routine tasks.

  • Required to capture technology related Lessons Learned items and include these in the Lessons Learned register. Each item must be evaluated to ensure that the Lessons Learned database avoids errors, conflicting information, repetition and invalid claims. Significant lessons should be brought to business attention.

  • To identify opportunities and implement departmental improvements relating to engineering and design through Standards, Tools, Processes and Design guides across Global locations.

  • To guide and mentor engineers encouraging professional behaviour via best practice and standards.


Key Skills / Experience


  • A degree in Engineering Electrical, Electronics, Industrial, Mechanical, Science or equivalent.

  • Minimum of 10 years related working experience within research or development department.

  • A recognized expert in their particular engineering specialty with a proven track record of identifying and solving engineering problems.

  • Broad and In depth experience of engineering processes and tools in a product development environment including: Idea generation, Problem solving, Theoretical and practical experimentation, Development and testing (including reliability testing), Detail design, Approvals, Design and Research reviews, Pre & Post production support.

  • Commercial knowledge of manufacturing and production methods

  • Great analytical capability & familiar with statistical tools (SPC, DOE, DFMEA, Minitab etc.)

  • Advanced in data acquisition hardware and software (Matlab, LabVIEW, C, Python, Visual Basic etc.)

  • Experience of effectively guiding and mentoring teams and individuals.

  • Overview the product/system design in order to advise and ensure design compliance and repeatability in volume manufacture.


  • Experience with Accelerated life testing both mechanical and electrical components

  • Technology program management experience

  • Experience in working in system engineering approach such as system integration , defining interfaces, requirements, specifications.

  • Experience in EMC trouble-shooting, EMC test planning and procedures, and critical circuit test and analysis as related to motor, power supply, electronics power system and household product.

  • Experience in PCBA/Product Robustness & Accelerated Testing.



  • Excellent communication skills to be able to effectively communicate with all levels within the business.

  • Proactive, self-starter and able to work independently.

  •  Drive to demonstrate and lead the highest standards of engineering.

  • Ability to influence and motivate others.

  • A creative and practical approach.
  • Drive and enthusiasm to implement ideas and solutions.
  • Good planning and workload management skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously.

Benefits Overview

Dyson Malaysia monitors the market to ensure we offer  competitive salaries, management bonuses and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll enjoy generous leave and medical care and insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a career at Dyson. 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 progress, innovation and realising ambition.

Posted: 11-Oct-2017