Senior Project Manager - Automotive Operations


Hullavington - United Kingdom


The Senior Project Manager – Automotive Operations is a key member of the Automotive RDD Operations team with responsibilities to deliver our ambitious Automotive Operations plan including design and delivery of new electric vehicle research & technology labs and test facilities and implementation of new automotive operational processes and procedures.


  • Work across the Dyson departments to clearly capture automotive requirements, challenging where necessary to ensure they align with cost, specification or the operational demands of an automotive start-up. 
  • Define project charters for each operations project including scope, engineering requirements, risks and estimated cost and resource proposals. 
  • Regular reporting into the Head of Automotive RDD Operations to ensure projects are on track, charters and business cases accurate and rick proactively escalated and managed. 
  • Ensure project governance is applied throughout the project lifecycle including regular reporting of cost, time and specification. 
  • Communication – ensuring regular communication and alignment with key stakeholders including the Automotive Leadership Team, Estates, IT, Health & Safety, Security and RDD. 
  • Work with specialist consultants to engineer specialist build and test laboratories including mechanical & electrical design, safety controls and operational commissioning. 
  • Work with the Engineering and Procurement teams in the development of detailed statement of works for tender and supporting business cases. 
  • Work closely with the Estates and Workplace team to ensure they are meeting agreed SLA targets for the Automotive Business. 
  • Identify and mitigate key project risks with relevant project stakeholders to ensure smooth project delivery. 
  • Support development of operational processes and tools required to run an automotive start-up operation in the UK focusing on lean, efficiency, safety and security. 
  • Review and Monitor operational RDD labs and test facilities identifying areas for improvement in our ambition to be world class.


  • Degree (design, engineering, manufacturing preferable) or equivalent
  • Experience in delivering or managing complex RDD labs and test facilities 
  • Project management capabilities; i.e. planning, risk management, status reporting, budget tracking, benefits analysis, stakeholder management
  • Process Improvement and/or Lean trained
  • Strong communicator; ability to convey complex issues concisely and accurately
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to build productive working relationships and influence 
  • Excellent analytical skills; to be able to assess problems thoroughly and drive logical conclusions (i.e. common sense and not embarrassed to ask supposedly “silly” questions)
  • Confident; comfortable with interacting with senior engineers and managers without being tempted to dilute unpleasant news or back down from well-reasoned analysis
  • Credible; ability to demonstrate a good level of understanding of engineering processes in order to work with design teams throughout the project development cycle
  • Assertive; readiness to press teams to take remedial action when required
  • Neutral; ability to shape project direction without imposing their own views or prejudices on the outcome


  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Performance related bonus
  • Life assurance
  • Sport centre
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidized café and restaurants
  • Discounts on Dyson machines

Posted: 08 May 2019

Closing date: 20 June 2019