Firmware Team Leader - Power Systems

Competitive + Bonus + Pension + 27 days holiday

Malmesbury, United Kingdom


Dyson has an opportunity for an Embedded Firmware Lead to join our Power Systems group. In this role you will provide technical leadership and line management for a growing firmware team developing technology for Dyson’s cord-free range of products. The role includes hands on development work, technical leadership, team leadership along with significant contribution to our future system and software architecture

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 2,000 people, including James himself, spend their days strategising, 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

The Power Systems group is a multidisciplinary team responsible for the development of Dyson energy storage and power management systems.  We are looking to expand our embedded firmware capability and are seeking an individual to lead and grow our existing team in this discipline.


  • Architecting, implementing and verifying embedded firmware for our world leading Li-Ion battery packs and related product control systems.
  • Working closely with our hardware team to bring new battery powered systems to life – this is a hands-on role with opportunity for plenty of lab work during development.
  • Driving the technical direction for new developments and ensuring that our firmware is developed both efficiently and to our quality requirements.
  • Leading code and design review activities.
  • Working with hardware, mechanical and other engineering disciplines to solve complex system level problems and find technical solutions.
  • Documenting software requirements and architecture
  • Generation of test specifications to ensure product reliability and robustness at key stages during code development. This includes the development of test environments including simulation, emulation and hardware/test equipment interactions.
  • Communicate status, including risks and issues to all stakeholders.


Education and experience:

  • Minimum BEng/MEng degree in electronic engineering or other relevant discipline Minimum of 5 years industrial experience in a relevant industry.

Minimum technical knowledge:

  • You will have an in-depth knowledge of common software design methodologies and embedded software development in C.
  • You will have successfully lead small teams of software engineers throughout all stages of the development lifecycle, preferably in delivery of high volume consumer products
  • You’ll bring energy and clear prioritisation to the team along with a pragmatic approach to delivery in a rapidly changing environment.
  • You’ll be comfortable representing your team technically in cross discipline reviews and take a structured approach to progress reporting.
  • You’ll have the ability to derive software requirements from product level requirements and derive own requirements when limited information is available.
  • Good understanding of basic hardware and its interfacing to software systems.
  • A demonstrable knowledge of version control systems including system set-up
  • Experience of Agile working practices and tools
  • Knowledge of PIC and ARM Cortex devices Desirable:
  • Experience in line management of a software team Essential behavioural skills:
  • You will have a creative, positive and inquisitive approach to your work
  • You will be a logical and tenacious problem solver.
  • You’ll be a champion for improvements in software development process and pragmatic in their application to your work
  • You will be confident mentoring more junior engineers and providing technical leadership across the team when project work requires it.
  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format
  • Ability to adapt or generate imaginative and innovative ideas, in line with core Dyson values
  • To be able to multi-task and plan effectively when working with a variety of project teams in an often high-pressure & dynamic environment in an organised manner
  • Excellent team working skills

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: 7-Aug-2017