Labels. Boxes. Pigeonholes. At Dyson, we don't believe in any of them. Because a long time ago, we realised that our people's circumstances, ambitions and skills aren't fixed things. They can change. Grow bigger. Or narrow into specialisms. And we're just as interested in shaping the right career for you, as you are.
"Dyson's future growth plans are ambitious ones," explains Emily Cadwallader, HR talent partner. "And, as we work to realise them, the transformation of the business provides lots of opportunity for our people to move around."
So career development at Dyson is in your hands. There are no set pathways. No fixed timeframes. And we're not afraid to take risks on people early in their careers. If you've got the talent to be a success somewhere else in the business, at Dyson you'll get the chance to prove it.
Joined Dyson in 2006
Starting role: Management accountant
Current role: Head of global commercial planning
A glance at Graham's career path with Dyson reveals a clear fact – he's never been afraid of exploring new territory. Starting out in our GB&I market office during its formation, his growing role at Dyson has mirrored the growth of the business.
"Even at the beginning, I've never had to watch from the sidelines. Commercial finance plays a key part in the direction of Dyson products, and the business as a whole. It's something I've always loved about what we do."
Moving on from his first role, Graham was heavily involved in Dyson's expansion into premium fans. A move that posed the financial challenges of forecasting sales and setting prices for a category we'd never entered before.
With his increasing experience at Dyson, operational changes gave Graham the chance to occupy an acting financial director role – exposure to senior executive meetings, global conferences and high-level financial decision-making into the bargain.
"From this came an opportunity to work at Dyson US in Chicago, as director of financial planning and analysis. It was another new experience for me, building up the team and our capability from next to nothing over a fantastic three year period."
Today, Graham is back in Malmesbury, as our global head of commercial planning. Embarking on yet more new territory – for his own career, and for Dyson – as he helps to guide the financial future of our business.
Joined Dyson in 2005
Starting role: Field sales co-ordinator (temporary)
Current role: Cordless brand manager, GB&I
It could have been a very different story for Becky. Joining Dyson as maternity cover, her exceptional drive and peerless work ethic turned a temporary contract into a 10 year rise through the business. (And it's not over yet.)
"I have flexible approach to my career. So even if an opportunity presents itself that doesn't quite match everything I want to do, I'll still go for it. There are never any wasted experiences at Dyson – I've always learnt something valuable for the next one."
This approach has seen Becky excel in several roles in the business. From helping to create our viral smash balloon video as a commercial manager, to leading the European launch strategy as head of EU marketing in our hand dryer division.
"If you truly want to succeed at Dyson, I don't think you can afford to be precious. In my time here, I've done everything from cleaning dirty vacuums for retail presentations, to presenting at budget meetings in front of our CEO."
Now managing a multimillion-pound budget as brand manager for our fastest growing product category, Becky is enjoying her return to consumer marketing. And if a new opportunity does come around, she's in the right place to make the most of it.
Joined Dyson in 2012
Starting role: Graduate design engineer, NPD
Current role: Design engineer, NPI
Nick has managed to fit a lot into his short time at Dyson so far. In between moving from our NPD team as a graduate to NPI – the birthplace of groundbreaking Dyson technologies – Nick has also enjoyed a year-long secondment as one of our PR engineers.
"As a business, we're about the engineering. Always. But sometimes communicating what we do in the right way can be a challenge. As a PR engineer, it was my job to act as the bridge between our customers and our engineering department."
In a globetrotting 12 months, Nick was the face of Dyson – often alongside James himself. Sparring with journalists in magazine interviews, launching new Dyson products, and appearing on BBC Breakfast television (with just two days' notice).
"I saw the role as a chance to travel and do something very different, but also as an opportunity to develop skills such as public speaking, speech writing, and handling pressure situations – like difficult questions from the press."
With his secondment now complete, Nick has chosen to return to his first love – inventing. And inside our NPI team, he'll get the chance to do exactly that: helping to develop our 25 year pipeline of future technology ideas.