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Design Manager - Floorcare


Design and Development
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

From its origins in a small workshop in rural England, Dyson has grown into a technology company with a global footprint. While engineering remains at our core, our passion for problem solving across different disciplines runs throughout our business.  

Our philosophy remains the same as it was 25 years ago when James Dyson invented the first cyclonic vacuum cleaner. We remain family owned. We don’t bow to outside shareholders or report to the stock exchange. Instead, we plot our own path, unshackled from conventional thinking. 

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

About the role

Reporting to the Floorcare Category Director, the Design Manager will be responsible for developing and delivering products within the global Floorcare category. A strong collaborator and influencer throughout the global cross team and wider business, the Design Manager is pivotal in inspiring, energising and managing the global development and execution of projects across RDD, Operations and Commercial to extremely challenging timelines.


  • The product leader, with exemplary levels of passion, energy and commitment. Recognised by a global project team as the focal point for a project, driving appropriate decision-making to enable project success.

  • Bringing together a project leadership team that are accountable for satisfying the requirements of Dyson's project governance structure.

  • Driving and engaging a broad global cross team to deliver an authentic product vision specification that solves real problems and improves everyday life.

  • Regularly manages teams to present and ratify project direction with Dysons Leadership team as well as the Founder and Chief Engineer, Sir James Dyson.

  • Outlines and agrees the scope of project deliverables for each design phase, holding others to account and safeguarding project delivery.

  • Assesses and guides the maturity of upstream projects to ensure a smooth handover from NPI and Research teams. Defines a global project programme that successfully transfers the project to downstream teams in South East Asia, supporting our aspiration to double Dyson by 2025.

  • Ensures adherence with Dysons exemplary standards, meeting quality, safety, compliance and sustainability requirements. Pro-actively engaging with legal functions to ensure our intellectual property is protected.

  • Delivering market leading technologies to challenging project timelines within Dysons longest standing product category. Moving fast to stay ahead and sustain the Floorcare categories continued growth.

  • Manages both operational expenditure and product cost to deliver projects that meet our aspirational financial targets.

  • Supports activities that define the future of the floorcare category, using a foundation of technical understanding to assess potential opportunities and present them for review with senior category management.

  • Where necessary, owns global development trials to substantiate project direction with appropriate data.

About you

Skills & Experience

  • A capable engineer with a track record of delivering pioneering products or assemblies, from product invention through to tooling and production.

  • Has a well-developed ability to collaborate with and influence key project stakeholders to achieve successful project outcomes. Able to assemble appropriate cross functional teams and lead them to an aligned conclusion.

  • Excellent problem solver with a established ability to manage complex technical challenges across a broad range of disciplines e.g. mechanical engineering, electronics, motors, software and connectivity.

  • Proficient verbal communicator with outstanding presentation skills capable of addressing all levels of the business.

  • Motivated by a desire to create revolutionary products from ideation to production. Requiring strong levels of perseverance. Adaptable to change, thrives in a fast-paced environment. A motivator who remains positive in the face of adversity.

  • Able to manage product/project costs. Ideally having commercial awareness in defining financially successful business propositions to support category ranging.

  • Detailed operational and manufacturing knowledge that can influence the direction of early project development.

  • Competent at recording, managing and prioritising project risks. Identifying and escalating decision making where appropriate.

  • Globally mobile to support trials, product launches and in-market activities.


  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays

  • Pension scheme

  • Performance related bonus

  • Private medical insurance

  • Life assurance

  • Sport centre

  • Free on-site parking

  • Free daily lunch in Campus Café’s

  • Free Dyson bus travel to Campus from various locations

  • Discounts on Dyson machines


At Dyson, it's about more than our machines. We recognise that our success comes from our inventive people. We believe in including everybody and supporting you on your journey with us

Interview guidance

We are following the government guidelines regarding COVID19. At this time all interviews will be conducted via video or telephone. We’re taking these precautionary measures to protect both our employee and candidate wellbeing. Our Talent Acquisition team will work with you and provide further information as appropriate. 

Closing date: 05 November 2021