Head of Research


Research Engineering
Singapore - Singapore


The aim of the Head of Research Singapore (HRS) role is to support and drive the creation of a world class Research capability for Dyson in Singapore in the areas of Machine Learning, Robotics, Personal Care Research (various sub category technology areas) and Technology Scouting. Once built, the successful candidate will need to then lead the team towards the discovery and deep scientific understanding of patentable new technologies in each of these areas with the implicit aim of integrating these technologies into future Dyson products. 

 The role will need to build both internal capability within Dyson at the STC and external capability with a network of Universities, Government Research agencies as well as start-ups and SME’s. The successful candidate will need to be extremely comfortable in working in a matrix environment/ structure and will need to work collaboratively with the various Research Heads-of and Directors globally. The role will report directly to the Chief Research Officer and will have a ‘dotted’ reporting line responsibility for the Singaporean Research teams. As the role evolves, The HRS may have the opportunity to build their own hard reporting-line Research teams in Singapore in new-to-Dyson areas. 

 The HRS will need to have a strong Scientific or Engineering background and will need to feel comfortable in the early TRL Research environment. The HRS will need to be very well connected with the RDD&Ops Leadership Teams as well as the Research, NPI, NPD and Global Engineering Leadership teams and should be able to work collaboratively and influence successfully at these levels. The role will require relatively frequent travel to the UK to keep connected with the UK Research Team and there may be some further international travel required at times. An ideal candidate would be an highly energetic, driven and motivated leader who enjoys working at the forefront of technology whilst also being sensitive to the ambiguity around early TRL Research as well as being sensitive to a matrix organization structure.


  • Championing Research in Singapore within Dyson and externally 
  • Defining and driving the Singapore Research Strategy 
  • Day-to-day management, internal communications and leadership of the local Research Team 
  • Driving Research activity forward through a Robust TRL process and ensuring integration with the Milestone process 
  • Ensuring new ideas are recorded through the ISF process and are patented at the earliest opportunity 

  • Financial Planning and Budgeting 
  • Headcount Planning and Recruitment 
  • Space, Equipment and Facilities Planning 

Collaboration and teamwork
  • Building and maintaining relationships with Singaporean Universities and Government Institutions 
  • Identifying and securing opportunities for Government funding for Research activities 
  • Ensuring there is strong collaboration with relevant teams within Research and across other RDD Departments 

Communication and Reporting 
  • Clear, concise, and objective communication and reporting on the status of Research and Operations in Singapore 
  • Establish, maintain, and report key metrics that objectively measure the teams progress 

Intellectual Property (IP) Generation 
  • Dyson’s success has been built on the generation of strong IP which prevents its competitors from copying its products and technologies, and hence maintains the competitive advantage of the technologies which it has made long term investments in 
  • As the leader of the HRS team, it is a responsibility of this role to ensure that the functions and individuals within the team are generating IP, both as Patents and Know-how/Trade Secrets 

Efficiency and Productivity 
  • To drive efficiency and productivity across the department, identifying and delivering improvements to ways of working. 

  • Foster a “Dyson” culture in this new organisation 
  • Collaborative, hardworking, precise, inquisitive, highly motivated and resilient.


Experience and Qualifications 
  • Experience of leading large complex research teams.
  • The right candidate a will have a technical background, including a strong academic foundation in Engineering or Science, with extensive business and delivery experience. 

Key Behaviours 
  • Technical focus, ensuring world-class Research activities across all Singapore Research teams within a strong peer reviewed TRL framework. 
  • Strategic focus, keeping Singapore Research aligned with the strategic aims of the Research team and broader business needs as well as defining new strategic opportunities within Singapore. 
  • Commercial focus, in aligning the activities of the team with the commercial objectives of the business (as well as aligning with the businesses technology driven objectives) 
  • Communication. Ability to clearly, concisely, and accurately represent the activity of the Singapore Research team, both verbally, and in written communication 
  • Initiative. A self-starter, who is able to align with broad technical and commercial objectives, and turn this into strategies, plans, objectives, and positive results 
  • Proactively collaborates across teams and functions, and works effectively across boundaries and geographies 
  • Flexibility. Able to adapt to the constantly changing environment that is inherent in this disruptive technology driven company 
  • Process driven approach. Implements and maintains effective and efficient processes 
  • Humility. Whilst the right candidate will be extremely competent in their field, and as a general manager, operating with humility and respect is key to establishing a collaborative, cohesive, and high performing team 
  • Resilience. Responds to change and adversity positively. Seeks opportunity in situations which may initially seem negative 
  • Accuracy, and objectivity in the work conducted by the Energy Storage team, and in communication and reporting of its work 
  • Commitment and ownership. Dyson is a family owned business, which makes long term commitments to stretching technology challenges. The strongest candidates will want to be on this journey with Dyson, rather than just ‘doing a job’


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: 11 September 2019