Commodity Manager - Materials


Malmesbury, United Kingdom


Working within Research Design and Development (RDD) Procurement and part of the Global Supply Chain team, the Commodity Manager – Materials will manage Procurement activity focusing on new Dyson materials predominantly polymeric resins and paint for New Product Development (NPD) projects based in the UK. You will work closely with the RDD Engineering teams on development projects providing material supply chain and procurement expertise and support to meet project milestones, sourcing on time and on cost.

Dyson Overview

At Dyson we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. We’re creative, collaborative, practical and enthusiastic. But most of all we’re hugely passionate about what we do.

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for talented individuals to invent, design and develop market leading products for the global market. By working in our world class Research Design and Development department, these individuals have the opportunity to work alongside leading technical specialists and highly motivated creative people, to create products which fulfill our ambition of being truly different and better than our competitors.

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 Procurement 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. 


  • Lead the Procurement activities for new Dyson materials, polymer resins and paint representing Procurement in cross functional team meetings for new and existing projects.
  • Drive and manage NPD Commodity costs to meet Should Costs and Target Costs. The role will work in collaboration with Procurement Project Managers, Design Managers and the Product Cost team to deliver Target costs to support the Business Case.
  • Develop Materials Sourcing Plans for each project, identifying High-risk and High-impact parts and ensuring all necessary Procurement activities are complete before transfer of projects to Southeast Asia (SEA)
  • To act as the bridge between NPD Engineering and across Procurement Commodity Managers in SEA. This will focus on detailed specification and global supplier selection – either as partners or as manufacturers of parts and components.
  • Integrate effectively with a fast moving global Procurement team. The successful candidate must have a proven track-record of success as a Procurement professional in a corporate Procurement environment, handling a diverse range of high risk, high value spend categories, with technical complexity
  • Support cross functional long term Global Procurement strategy for Materials, and, obtaining buy-in from key stakeholders within the business
  • Ensure all Supply Options and proposals are in line with Global strategies and agreed with the SEA Commodity team
  • Initiate negotiations and take the lead in closing price agreements to meet KPIs in cooperation with the SEA Commodity team
  • Identify risk, minimise exposure and work closely with internal stakeholders to define and implement risk mitigating actions
  • Network quickly and integrate at all levels in Dyson, specifically with the engineering teams to understand the key requirements and specifications that drive material selection
  • Support and participate on new product development cross-functional teams, acting as the procurement expert for materials – with an on-time, on-cost focus
  • Lead supply base and supply chain regionalisation and localisation strategy for Materials
  • Interface with Global Procurement teams to define and manage a global approved vendor list
  • Contract negotiation and new vendor introduction and management in co-operation with cross-functional teams SEA counterparts


  • Substantial experience in Polymer Resin, Paints, and Rubber Procurement (Foam and Felt desirable)
  • Proficient negotiator with proven abilities in influencing people at all levels in the organisation
  • Good understanding of legal regulations and contract setting
  • Self-motivated, accurate and operates with the highest ethical standards. Prepared to work hard to get the right result for Dyson, be tough yet be fair with our supply base
  • Demonstrate understanding of technical engineering relevant to resins and paint
  • Proven track record of successful Commodity Management
  • Fluent spoken and written English


  • Degree level qualification or above
  • CIPS (or equivalent) qualification
  • Automotive / Aerospace / Defence / FMCG background
  • Experience of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement
  • Understanding of common terminology and legislative standards for polymer resins and paint (such as UL ratings, volume solids and common resin modifiers)

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: 8-Jun-2016