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Design Engineer - NPI Wearables


Design and Development
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

Dyson is a global technology enterprise. We solve the problems others choose to ignore, with surprising new inventions that defy convention and simply work better. We’re growing fast and our ambition is huge – more categories, more locations and more people. 

At Dyson we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. We’re engineers, creative, collaborative, practical and enthusiastic, but most of all, we’re hugely passionate about what we do. We push the boundaries of what others have defined as possible. Our approach starts with an engineering mindset and different thinking. Then we continuously refine our ideas – unwilling to compromise and driven by an obsession for finding a better way. 

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for talented individuals who wish to invent, design and develop leading products & technologies for the global market. By working in our world class Research Design and Development department, these individuals have the opportunity to work alongside other leading technical specialists and highly motivated creative people, to create products which fulfil our ambition of being truly different and better than our competitors. 

About the role 

At Dyson we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. We’re engineers, creative, collaborative, practical and enthusiastic, but most of all, we’re hugely passionate about what we do. 

As a member of the NPI (New Product Innovation) Wearables team, you will be working in our newly renovated site at Hullavington to help develop our future products and technologies. You will work closely with other team members, research specialists and downstream RDD teams to realise new product concepts. Typically you will lead and/or own key-to-vision technologies and features on a project that will drive new Dyson IP and strengthen our expanding portfolio.

This is what we need you to do: 

  • Lead the way towards discovering new and business relevant problems/concept opportunity areas 

  • Take an active role in creating and supporting the vision specification and business case for new product concepts 

  • Take a proactive approach in the generation of ideas – host brainstorms, gather research, select and present ideas and concepts to senior management 

  • Take a creative and considered approach to problem solving, following clear design processes

  • Work seamlessly with research teams to utilise their wealth of technical skills and knowledge to enhance your product performance 

  • Produce working concepts for technical evaluation and design reviews using handmade or prototyped components

  • Produce functional designs across a range of device types and technologies to deliver product performance specifications while considering cost, manufacturing and delivery time

  • Be responsible for 3D CAD and design requirements of product systems and assemblies from concept through to NPD delivery

  • Discover and understand technical risks; and suggest and initiate mitigations 

  • Utilise and create suitable verification and validation methods to assess the design during development

  • Challenge & develop Dyson engineering practices to continuously improve technologies/design/product quality 

  • Take an active, hands-on role to ensure that all engineering problems are resolved thoroughly 

  • Mentor graduates, engineers and DIET students 

  • Take a lead in regular design reviews with Design Managers and the Concepts Director 

  • Take an active role in design reviews with James Dyson and/or Executive, as required 

About you: 

  • Proven experience of delivering robust design solutions from concept to production 

  • Proven ability to iterate a design through a hands-on design, build, test and evaluation approach.

  • A degree in product design / mechanical engineering or equivalent

  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of product design, mechanical engineering, or mechatronics

  • Knowledge and understanding of basic physical principles

  • Knowledge and understanding of common manufacturing processes

  • Proven ability to communicate through 2 and 3 dimensional media, e.g., presentations, sketching, CAD, model making / prototyping

  • Technical and personal credibility to work effectively with other teams in RDD

  • Ability to plan, prioritise tasks and coordinate with the work of others

  • Excellent communication, problem solving and analytical skills 

  • Self-starter - ability to work independently 

  • Inquisitive nature - challenging what has been done before and how things work

  • Good commercial awareness

  • Experience in user centred design

  • Experience in human factors and ergonomics

  • A sympathetic and considered understanding towards product visuals

  • Ability to produce functional electronic prototypes to demonstrate new technology is desirable

  • Ability to travel for project transfer/production requirements is desirable. 

Please submit a portfolio to demonstrate examples of as many of the following as possible: 

  • Design iterations 

  • Hands-on rig/prototype building 

  • Testing & data analysis 

  • Creative thought process 

  • User research 

  • Technology development 


  • Performance related bonus

  • 27 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays

  • Free bus travel to and from Malmesbury & Hullavington campus from Bristol, Chippenham and Swindon

  • On-site parking

  • Endless free coffee and tea, and a free lunch

  • Free on-site hair salon

  • Electric vehicle scheme

  • Private Medical insurance for all employees

  • On-site gym and sports centre

  • On-site wellbeing centre

Dyson is an equal opportunity employer. We know that great minds don’t think alike, and it takes all kinds of minds to make our technology so unique. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and employment decisions are made without regard to race, colour, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other any other dimension of diversity.

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