Software Team Lead

£Competitve + 27 Days Holiday + Pension + Bonus

Malmesbury, UK, United Kingdom


We are looking for an experienced algorithm engineer to join our ambitious and expanding leadership team, to help identify, develop and mature the innovative and transformational technologies required to enable the next generation of Dyson’s market-changing products. The role will involve collaboration with research engineers, software engineers, mechanical engineers and specialist engineering to help solve the wide and exciting range of algorithmic challenges posed by the ever expanding Dyson product portfolio. A desire to explore and share ideas and techniques across different technical domains is essential. The ideal candidate should have expert knowledge of algorithm development for complex, sophisticated systems including hardware, embedded software and cloud-based components. Development experience, ideally working within an agile development environment, is advantageous. Successful candidates will be working in a supportive team of experts that is constantly striving to improve itself and the world we live in.

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 over 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. In 2017 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. 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

Advanced robotics will change the world of engineering for good. At Dyson, we’ve been developing robot technology for over 15 years – 200 engineers, 420 patents and £28m has already gone into our first robot vacuum. But our Dyson 360 Eye™ robot is just the start. The team is advancing the systems that make our robots more intelligent – able to understand environments and navigate with complex sensors and algorithms. There’s more to discover. The future is robotic. All Dyson products will be part of the internet of things. And our Robotics team is helping us to unveil this next generation.


•Provide leadership and guidance on algorithmic investigations and ensuring high standards are maintained.

•Guide and mentor existing team and support recruitment of new talent

•Review and develop best practice initiatives within the algorithm team.

•Research potential algorithmic solutions.

•Develop prototype demonstrators utilising rapid prototyping techniques.

•Identify key enabler and risk areas of proposed algorithmic solutions.

•Work with the architecture team to identify functional requirements.

•Liaise with functional teams to understand relevant domain strategies related to the investigation.

•Collaborate with test teams to define testing strategies for new algorithms.

•Work with relevant implementation domains early in the development lifecycle to ensure timely and complete knowledge transfer.

•Provide documentation that is complete and with sufficient detail to enable implementation of algorithm by functional domain.

•Provide investigative support for any issues that impact or change the proposed algorithm during implementation.



•Confident leadership, management and people skills.

•Ability to communicate complex information at every level.

•Good organisational skills, able to handle a broad and complex workload.

•Ability to generate novel and robust algorithms and solutions.

•Strong mathematical modelling and analytical skills in MATLAB, Octave or similar.

•PhD (or equivalent industrial experience) in Electronics, Robotics, Computer Science or relevant engineering or scientific discipline.

•Experience in one or more of the following domains: Localisation, image processing, object detection/recognition, artificial intelligence or machine learning.

•Ability to work with interdisciplinary teams and technically support development.

•Self-motivated and able to work independently to deliver results within agreed timeframes.


•Strong C++ (preferably version 11) and Python experience.

•Understanding of systems design and integration.

•Experience of a Linux development environment.

•Experience using open-source libraries.

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: 11-Apr-2017