Marketing Placement Programme (12-months) 2017

£17,000 PA + 27 days holiday pro rata + pension + free on-site gym

Global HQ, Malmesbury - South Cotswolds, 45 mins from Bath/Bristol area, United Kingdom


During this 12-month placement you will see marketing strategies develop and campaigns launch. You’ll contribute from day one and gain valuable exposure to the Global Marketing function. And if it works out for both parties, there could be an offer of Graduate employment at the end.

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, the Dyson HQ campus can be found in secluded countryside that helps keep our secrets secret. Having doubled in size in 2016, the campus is now home to new research and development facilities, a new restaurant (home to an English Electric Lightning jet) and a sports facility catering to all Dyson people. 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 2,500 people, including James himself, spend their days there strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world.

Function Overview

Our Marketing and Creative teams launch our latest machines to the world, bringing our problem-solving technology to life in engaging ways. Thankfully, we don’t need marketing gimmicks or clichés because we have fact and engineering superiority on our side. At our Malmesbury HQ, our in-house agency ensures consistency in brand, advertising, packaging, retail, events and digital across our global markets. As a placement student, you’ll be right in the mix, working with specialists in all areas of creativity and strategy.


Over the course of the year-long placement you’ll be assigned to a ‘category team’ - Personal Care, Environmental Control or Floor Care – making a valuable contribution from day one.


You’ll be responsible for key tasks supporting the wider team, learning about our processes and methodologies and building your knowledge of a complex, Global marketing function. And once you are up and running there will be additional projects to get stuck into - taking ownership for at least one from start to finish, showcasing your knowledge and contribution to the team.


More specifically, you should expect to be involved with some of the following during your time with us: 

  • Collating copy for specific campaigns and new product launches , ensuring correct approval protocols are followed

  • Analysing large amounts of data from sales and customer insights to pull out key findings to inform future marketing strategy

  • Acting as a runner on TV and photographic shoots for new campaign collateral

  • Assisting the Senior Commercial Managers in preparing for Executive team reviews

  • Obtaining sign off on suite of marketing assets such as brochures, press adverts, digital content

  • Working in cross functional teams you’ll work with teams from digital, advertising and PR to deliver projects on time and to budget

  • Working with our global market teams to understand specific local campaign requirements

  • Ad hoc administrative and coordination activities as required

For the duration of your placement, your impact will be reviewed with regular performance conservations. Opportunities for development can be tailored for the strongest candidates – and if this could be just the start. We very much hope to identify future talent through this programme, and you could go back to you final year with a space on our highly regarded ‘International Commercial Executives’ Programme upon graduation.


You'll be an undergraduate currently seeking a 12-month business placement from September 2017, expecting to graduate in 2019.

Your degree discipline can be in any subject area. Attitude is more important to us. But we'll want to see your understanding of the role of a marketing function; and your motivation to explore a career in this area.

Numeracy and analytical skills are a must; you'll be comfortable undertaking research, compiling findings and writing content. You'll be expected to present ideas and take part in discussions with marketing colleagues so you'll be articulate, quick to build credibility with a professional, have-a-go approach.

You'll need to be able to work equally well in a team as well as on your own initiative. Skilled at building relationships, you’ll be making networks, collaborating as required.

Due to our continued global expansion, the desire to work with a global business is preferred, and languages would be a bonus.

We’ll expect a lot from you. And no day will be the same as the last.

Benefits Overview

Do all this and in return you’ll get a competitive salary and pension, profit-related bonus, generous leave and life insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. 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: 21-Mar-2017