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Head of Motor Drives and Advanced Control


Science and Research
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About Us

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for 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 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 Motor Drives & Advanced Control Systems (MDAC) will report to the Power Systems Director and lead a diverse department of specialist engineers based in Malmesbury (UK), Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. The department is responsible for the design, development and verification of Dyson Digital Motor and commercial motor drive systems. It is also responsible for developing advanced control systems for many other Dyson technologies, features and functions. The department is home to technical specialists in areas such as motor drives, advanced control systems, embedded software, and system verification.

The Head of Motor Drives & Advanced Control – Power Systems is a people leader who develops the team’s 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 MDAC 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 MDAC is a role model for Dyson’s values and culture (Different, Authentic & Pioneering), is an exceptional collaborator, and he/she will foster a high-performance culture within their teams.

Key responsibilities

  • 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 electro-mechanical and control engineering expertise - with breadth that ideally covers the development of complex motor drive and other advanced technology systems

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

  • An appreciation of Dyson’s product development framework and philosophy.

  • 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 Executive Board 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.