Design Lead


MYR Competitive Salary
Mechanical Engineering, Product Design
Johor Bahru - Malaysia
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An Engineering Lead. A Project Lead. Product Manager and sometimes even an Industrial Designer. These are the many different caps a Design Lead can put on. You are the pillar that holds the project together, keeping it on track to “time, spec and cost”. You are customer centric and have a genuine interest in helping people improve their lives, especially with air treatment. We solve problems that others ignore. The Design Lead will be responsible for the delivery of the project (or product), via their matrix teams. You are expected to be well versed in Mechanical or Product Design for the integration of assemblies into a whole product. A good understanding of other Mechanical Engineering disciplines would be a plus for working within the Environmental Control category although not necessary as you would usually be supported by a Technical Lead. This is a hands-on, problem solving role and our expectation is that you will be close to the design of the product and will understand all of the key design principles, challenges, risks and issues. The Design Lead will also work closely with the Project Management function to strategize and ensure product delivery is on time.. You have a bird’s eye view of the project, and therefore are the best person within the project to plan the moves needed for each function and take calculated risks when necessary, like a game of chess. The best Design Lead is always one step ahead in the game. The challenges of working in a matrix structure will require you to have strong leadership skills and an ability to influence and motivate others in order for you to excel. At the same time stakeholder management is expected and being able to communicate project status in an appropriate, concise and accurate fashion, both in writing and verbally, is important.


  • Steer the project in the right direction in design reviews with the various engineering assembly and technology systems teams

  • Review and ensure part designs conform to engineering best practices and anticipate failures or identify poor designs

  • Review and ensure product design/changes do not pose any safety related issues or result in reliability failures. Part of this involves having reviews with the Dyson Safety Committee and ensuring those concerns are addressed by Design.

  • Ensure clarity of issues, risks and stoppers to respective project milestones, and communicate that up clearly

  • Work with cross-function teams, including procurement, tooling, ops, manufacturing, graphics & packaging and commercial

  • Accountable for project budget and product cost

  • Ensure full product BOM is accurate and reflective of manufacturing intent with the help of a product engineer

  • Some travel to the UK before/during project transfer may be required but will be minimal.

  • Excellent communication and reporting skills are essential as presenting, reporting progress, risks and live design reviews are required to Directors and the Chief Engineer James Dyson.


  • Good knowledge and experience of mechanical design (including but not limited to plastics, rubbers, metal parts) and tolerance stacks

  • Comfortable with ‘failure’ in the context of multiple iterations of testing and learning. 

  • Excellent communicator and both verbally, graphically including through use of sketches 

  • Ability to lead, influence and motivate in a matrix structure where no one reports to you directly to achieve outstanding results

  • Assertive and diplomatic - a great collaborator 

  • Ability to think logically and balance priorities across multiple teams and identifying critical paths

  • A great eye for detail and a sensitivity to the visual aspects of a product would be a plus

  • An engineer with a business sense/interest is preferred.

  • Product minded – your main focuses are always on the product and the user experience 


Dyson Malaysia monitors the market to ensure we offer competitive salaries, management bonuses and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll enjoy generous leave and medical care and insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a career at Dyson. Leadership support and new opportunities abound, driven by regular dialogue and international training. 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 progress, innovation and realising ambition

Posted: 18 February 2019