Solution Architect (Procurement)


Malaysia, Malaysia


The Procurement Architect is a key role within the newly formed Dyson IT Design team and is accountable for the overall design and strategy across the Procurement solutions used at Dyson today and in the future.

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

Our Singapore story began in 2004 and today we have more than 1000 people working here. At the beginning of 2017 we opened our new, state of the art, Singapore Technology Centre in Science Park I, minutes from Singapore’s technology and start-up community. This new Technology Centre houses some of Dyson’s most advanced facilities including Robotics and Sensors laboratories and Smart Home, Connectivity & Mobile Applications laboratories as well as an Advanced Control Tower with the latest technology to develop its analytics-driven activities.

Not too far away is the Singapore Advanced Manufacturing centre, our flagship advanced motor manufacturing facility where we develop our autonomous robotic manufacturing capabilities – more than 300 robots assemble our Dyson Digital Motor (DDM) here. It is here that we develop our next generation of motor technology.

Function Overview

The Dyson Group IT function is a core component of Dysons growing technology business. We are key to ensuring the expansion of Dyson is founded against a backdrop of Industry Standard best practice IT systems. The Design function within Group IT is focused on ensuring the right IT strategy and direction is set to enable that growth


The role will be responsible for the solution architecture of Dyson’s core Procurement solutions;
Core capability areas of focus will be as follows;

  • Understanding our current end to end procurement systems / processes today, most of which are highly spreadsheet / custom driven activities
  • Areas of focus in this role will include; 
    • Supporting the progression of a procurement system RFP through to implementation 
    • Defining how we implement critical capabilities such as;
      •  Bid / Tender Managemen
      • Contract Management
      • Supplier Relationship / Performance / Risk Management
    • Defining what master data required for a procurement system
    • Ensuring any new procurement capability is able to integrate into our PLM capabilities (Product Lifecycle Management)
    • Ensuring any new procurement capability is able to integrate into our costing capabilities or processes

  • The selection of a procurement system is in progress however it will ultimately need to integrate with our core ERP and PLM landscape and as such knowledge of the following is key, 
    • SAP ECC / ERP systems 
    • Siemens Team Centre for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
    • Industry standard procurement products like SAP Ariba / Bravo Solutions / Zycus / Coupa

The role will ultimately require work in the following key areas

  • Supporting In-Flight Procurement Projects (Immediate Term)
    • Supporting the delivery lifecycle with the 4 key stages of Design: 
      • Concepting
      • Solution on a Page 
      • High Level Design
      • Low Level Design
    • Providing design assurance and oversight throughout the lifecycle of a project
    • Ensuring (where needed) appropriate design governance through a pre-established Design Authority
  • Definition of a procurement strategy (Longer Term)
    • Defining a future systems roadmap for change founded in the direction the business is taking
    • Ensuring the architectural direction and decisions of in-flight projects are aligned to that future roadmap for change  
    • Where appropriate creation of Supplier RFI’s and support for RFP’s for any future state solution selection
    • Finally, the role also needs to contribute to / and ensure that the above capabilities fit with the next major design step change for SAP – a move to the SAP HANA platform

The role will require interaction with external teams / contacts outside of IT to include;

  • Working with senior business stakeholders to elicit business plans that drive overall solution design and strategy for the Procurement landscape.
  • Working with third parties and partners to understand future trends, innovation and opportunities to build roadmaps for the Procurement landscape.

Within IT the role will require the following;

  • Produce detailed design specifications, maintain application portfolios, develop strategies and support business reviews across all landscapes
  • Ensure adherence to the core IT Application Strategy and Design principles
  • Alignment with Technical Architecture design teams to ensure the designs and strategy for the Procurement aligns to the overall direction of the underlying technical architecture
  • Working with the “Deliver” and “Run” teams to ensure designed solutions move seamlessly into project execution and support


A proven track record of enterprise level application design / application architecture is essential as is senior level business engagement / stakeholder management.

With regards to Procurement capabilities:

  • General knowledge and experience of large scale business procurement solutions is critical
  • Knowledge of procurement capabilities from SAP Ariba is also key. 
  • Knowledge of product costing systems like Facton is highly desirable
  • Experience of the general SAP solution landscape is required
  • In particular experience of SAP ECC (Back Office)  and SAP Ariba is required.

General experience:

  • Experience of forming or working within an established and efficient design team is highly desirable
  • A strong grounding in general technical architecture to include hosting (On Premise & Cloud), storage and networks is highly desirable
  • Experience within Enterprise Architecture methodologies (e.g. TOGAF) would be beneficial
  • Experience in supporting project delivery involving both in-house and third-party design, development, testing and project management
  • Understanding of security principles and policies ensuring these are applied to the design of solutions
  • Able to act as a liaison between technical, functional and support functions both on and offshore
  • Able to maintain a working knowledge of new technologies and practises to support further innovation for projects

Skills/ Knowledge

  • Business & technical change management
  • Workload & capacity planning
  • Strong technical, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communicator
  • Strong planning & time management skills
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas simply
  • Commercial acumen and broad business perspective
  • Determined to identify solutions and prepared to overcome obstacles to follow through plans to completion; focused on delivery

Benefits Overview

Dyson Singapore monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and bonuses. Beyond that, you’ll enjoy a transport allowance and comprehensive medical care and insurance. But financial benefits are just the start of a Dyson career. Professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. 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 fuelling and realising ambition.

Posted: 19-Dec-2017