Skip navigation

Have you considered using our job search? Click here to search our current jobs.

Have you considered using our job search? Click here to search our current jobs.

Head of Mechanical Engineering - Power Systems


Design and Development
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for talented individuals to invent, design and develop cutting edge products for the global market. By working within our world class Research, Design and Development departments, these individuals would sit alongside leading technical specialists and highly motivated creative people developing products which fulfill our ambition of being truly different, technology pioneers. The Power Systems Group is a key part of Dyson’s R&D organisation. It is home to 300 talented engineers, scientists and technicians designing & developing high performance motors, battery packs and other high power technologies across Dyson’s product portfolio.

About the role 

The Head of Mechanical Engineering – Power Systems will report to the Power Systems Director and lead a diverse department of specialist mechanical engineers based in Malmesbury (UK), Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. The department is responsible for the mechanical design of Power Systems technologies and is home to technical specialists in areas such as aerodynamics, rotor dynamics, thermals, compressor design, acoustics & vibration and data science.  The Head of Mechanical Engineering will be accountable for ensuring our innovative technologies meet performance, reliability, cost, size, weight, multi-sourcing, and time targets.

The Head of Mechanical Engineering – Power Systems is a people leader who develops the teams’ capabilities in line with the long-term business needs: recruiting, coaching and developing our people & building the supporting infrastructure within our processes and our toolsets.  They will create and explain the department’s long-term vision, including annual goals and objectives.  The Head of Mechanical Engineering will make priority decisions, support & enable his/her teams to perform at their best, and ensure they collaborate effectively across the R&D matrix. As the figurehead of an engineering department, they take accountability for the quality and timeliness of their department’s work. 

As an influential and trusted R&D leader, the Head of Mechanical Engineering is a role model for the Dyson values (Different, Authentic & Pioneering), an exceptional collaborator, and he/she will foster a high-performance culture within their teams.


  • Set the vision and direction for the team, including annual goals and objectives.

  • Accountable for the team’s delivery of work packages to milestone timelines and high levels of quality & technical rigour

  • Make technical decisions within the department whenever required.

  • Display strong creativity together with the technical expertise and sound judgement required to lead the team through complex multi-dimensional problems to find the optimum system level design.

  • Play a key role in the RDD leadership community whilst encouraging collaboration between functions and leading teams with a ‘Dyson’ mindset – being different, authentic and pioneering.

  • Attract, recruit and retain talent.Manage performance and develop our people.

  • Provide world-class tools & develop effective processes.Set expectations for good practice.

  • Manage and prioritise engineering resources to deliver maximum value.

  • Create a lean and effective organisation. Manage department spend to budget & eliminate waste.

  • Be an active participant in the Power Systems leadership team, working closely with the other functional leaders, Project and Design Managers to successfully manage the technology portfolio.

About you

  • Ability to inspire others to deliver the department’s vision & strategy.

  • Proven people management skills to ensure the successful delivery of performance through others.

  • Deep mechanical engineering expertise - with breadth that ideally covers the design of complex electro-mechanical systems, high power systems and design for high volume manufacture.

  • Proven ability to orchestrate work across a number of different projects and platforms simultaneously.

  • Deep knowledge of Dyson’s product development framework.

  • Proven ability to work globally - across countries, time zones and cultures.

  • Strong desire to continuously transform and improve our technologies and methods – advocating virtual engineering methods, enhancing collaboration and striving for design excellence.

  • Credibility at Exec level with the ability to build broad networks internally and externally. A role model collaborator.

  • Proven ability to coach, mentor and develop people.

  • Can manage performance and resolve conflicts.



  • 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 Malmesbury campus from Bristol, Chippenham and Swindon 

  • On-site parking 

  • Endless free coffee and tea, and a free lunch  

  • Free on-site hair salon 

  • On-site 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 

  • 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.

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.