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Design Manager - Upstream Robotics


Design and Development
United Kingdom - Hullavington 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. 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.

About the Role

The Design Manger is responsible for the design and development of a product, accountable to the executive team for every element to achieve the highest standards of performance, quality, cost, and speed of development. The DM leads the continuous process of balancing conflicting and interdependent requirements and are ultimately accountable for setting direction through one-to-one reviews with Senior stakeholders.

You will be working within a fast paced and exciting field with a dedicated inspiring workspace in a converted aircraft Hangar at Hullavington; focused on developing products depending on advanced robotics and artificial intelligence technologies. 

The DM role within Upstream Robotics is responsible for developing early-stage products that leverage the latest technologies, whilst managing the challenging complexities of multiple systems and requirements. You will be leading / working closely with other engineers, designers, scientists, specialists, downstream teams, and other cross functional teams to create and develop new technology, product formats and business cases for projects in our portfolio.

About you

Core Competencies

  • Excellence in leadership, creativity and problem solving

  • Broad ranging technical competencies

  • Subject matter expertise in their products’ field and the problem it solves

  • Proven ability to adhere to and develop good governance practices are required. 

  • Commercially savvy, the Design Manager will control product costs and be attuned to what drives the highest commercial value from the product. 

  • Adept at leading multi-disciplinary teams and 3rd party collaborations.


  • The primary leader for the project across all internal forums from daily task focused meetings and All Hands, to Milestones, DDRs and Senior Leadership meetings. 

  • Owns and communicates the vision for the product, providing the context for the business, and leads key project decisions.

  • Delivers through others; responsible for setting the team’s goals including milestones and key deliverables, and ways of working to achieve them.

  • Highest levels of resilience, the DM can be relied upon to maintain focus and momentum of the team regardless of the challenges they encounter.

Creativity & problem solving

  • Flexible problem solver able to address issues across all aspects of the project; technical, operational, timing, cost etc. 

  • Spots opportunities within the project to deliver faster, improve spec, save costs etc through applying ‘wrong thinking’ and is objective in analysis and decision making. 


  • Use design reviews to step into the technical detail; challenge, recommend and ultimately make design decisions with consideration for time, spec and cost.

  • Use technical review process to judge project readiness to pass milestones, be critical and hold the technical teams to account.

  • Track software and hardware risks and maturity, using formal reviews to assess and authorise changes.

  • A ‘super-generalist’, can pick up technical complexity quickly and be conversant in all technical disciplines core to the vision of the product, and can explain technical risks and decisions for all aspects of the product.


  • Identifies Claims and Ranging opportunities, communicates the technology benefits and Dyson difference around which to build the claims and credentialing methods.

  • Understands the competitor landscape (key manufacturers, performance, volumes and value shares, key claims).

  • Understands the target consumers, and their needs, behaviours, and attitudes.

  • Navigate market specific challenges and support the resolution through spec changes / claims / demos etc. 

Day to Day

  • Adept at identifying where leadership is most required, ranging from hands on design and problem solving to bringing recommendations to strategic decisions. 

  • People leader, motivating, creating and recognising excellence. The DM sets expectations on what needs delivering day to day with their Project Manager and Project Leadership Team and has review structures in place to track progress, respond to issues, and critique work delivered from all teams involved in the project. The DM is required to accept or reject contributions from all teams such that the overall program is as successful as possible

Managing the early Product Development Lifecycle

  • Rapidly become expert in the technologies, trends, problems related to the product and it’s users. 

  • Drive the development of the vision, collaborating with James and the most senior members of the business; ensure minimal compromise and make advantageous improvements. 

  • Engage in technology selection, adoption, and integration in both physical and digital forms. 

  • Refine the vision to generate maximum commercial potential, ensuring it is sufficiently well defined that all internal and external teams and totally clear on their goals and constraints.

  • Assist with development of a commercial strategy through model ranging and the development of technically robust claims.

  • Provide financial control from bom cost management. Seek opportunities to make financial savings. 

  • The Design Manager leads the product, aligning teams behind critical tasks to work fast without quality compromises.

  • Help explain our technology through demonstrations and be a spokesperson for Dyson eloquent in their product, technologies and the problems it solves.



• Performance related bonus

• Company paid Life Assurance

• Discounts on Dyson machines

• Competitive pension scheme

• Purchase additional holidays

• 27 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays
• Free bus travel to and from Hullavington campus from Bristol, Chippenham and Swindon
• On-site parking
• Endless free coffee and tea, and a free lunch 
• Digital lifestyle Assist
• Electric vehicle scheme 

• Private Medical insurance for all employees
• Employee Assistance Program for employee and dependents
• Digital GP and prescription service
• Fertility treatment support


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.

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.