Senior Mechanical Engineer


Malmesbury, United Kingdom


Dyson offers a unique opportunity for a talented and experienced Senior Design Engineer in the Motors and Power Systems Research Team, within Dyson’s Research, Design and Development (RDD) department; based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, U.K. 

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, 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

Sometimes, making a technological leap forward means going back to the beginning. Since 1999, we’ve spent £150m building a motor from scratch – small, light and efficient, yet extremely powerful. Our motors are what enable our technology to be different – it’s why they’re protected by 20 to 30 patents. But the next generation demands new directions. Energy storage, robotics, nanotechnology and space-age materials. So our multi-disciplinary team, led by some of the world’s best power electronics engineers, knows that only the most pioneering thinking will do.


Reporting to Design & Integration Manager, you will join a growing team of design engineers in Dyson’s Technical Research Group focussing on the next generation of advanced / high performance electric motors for new and existing categories demonstrating new core technology and a complete system design approach.  Bringing an innovative spin to integrating mechanical, aerodynamic and electromagnetic concepts into these designs while considering the impact on performance and cost.

Deliver design solutions that:

  • Stretch the boundaries of speed, power density and efficiency in electric motor systems in a number of different applications

  • Demonstrate a complete system approach to product layout considering discipline and product requirements

  • Meet target specifications such as cost, size, weight and efficiency within the planned timeline of each research project

  • Are reliable and fit for purpose to satisfy life requirements and to help achieve product guarantee periods   

  • Comply with all relevant International Standards

  • Are innovative / novel with strong / high value IP for Dyson products

  • Communicate clearly and effectively the results and project status to a broad spectrum of associated project members and senior management

  • Be responsible for delivering parts, assemblies and systems from concept to proof of principle. Lead other engineering colleagues as required to support this

  • Develop 3D CAD and engineering drawings for mechanical and electrical components and assemblies along with test rigs and assembly jigs.  Review and approve work completed by others

  • Deliver designs, concepts and detailed ideas for future motor parts and layouts for associated products that meet specification requirements and that are optimised for low cost, high volume manufacturing

  • Understand and apply engineering analysis tools such as FEA and hand calculations to develop concepts and validate designs

  • Work with other project team engineers to ensure product performance, reliability and cost expectations are met

  • Own engineering research plans and progress for both your work and for those you could lead; report to technical management on risks, timescales and technical issues, having a forward thinking approach to solve up-and-coming obstacles without losing sight of requirements specification and associated risks

  • Demonstrate system level leadership to optimise product performance and solve complex engineering problems

  • Challenge and develop Dyson engineering practices to continuously improve efficiency

  • Demonstrate clear presentation of technical information and supporting documentation to ensure accurate transfer to other teams within Dyson.


A degree in a relevant engineering, science or product design discipline with a demonstrable level of industrial experience in the design and development of mechanical systems.

Minimum technical experience and knowledge:

  • Ability to use 3D computer aided design (CAD) software packages

  • A strong knowledge of manufacturing techniques of parts (moulding / machining / castings / stamping) and common issues with these with a broad understanding of material properties and manufacturing processes related to common engineering materials

  • An ability to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamentals of mechanics and an awareness of the application of electronics

  • Strong “design-for-manufacture” mentality to deliver cost effective, high performance, reliable designs for low to high volumes

  • Experience in automated assembly techniques

  • A creative and agile mind, and a desire to develop your design and development skills in a fast pace environment

  • An ability to demonstrate a thorough approach to reasoning and problem solving

  • An ability to work in both a cross-functional team environment and independently

  • Demonstrate strong motivation to get the job done

  • Ability to orchestrate work across a number of different projects and platforms simultaneously.

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-Feb-2017