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Junior Operational Engineer / Lead Technician

Summary

Salary
Competitive
Team
Operational Engineering
Location
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About Dyson

Dyson’s interest in researching and developing energy storage technologies started more than a decade ago, when it became apparent that the full potential of our DDM motors were starting to be held back by commercially available batteries. Fast-forward to 2022, and we now have over 100 scientists and engineers working on battery R&D across our labs in the UK, US and Singapore.

With multiple generations of Dyson battery technologies ranging from early research through the industrialisation phase, Dyson are recruiting a wide range of roles across their UK and Singapore labs to accelerate progress. These roles include materials scientists, electrochemists, cell design engineers, cell test technicians, cell assembly technicians, mechanical design engineers, manufacturing process development engineers and manufacturing technologists. We are recruiting at all levels of seniority up to senior technical leadership roles.

About the role

Responsible for delivering operational and/or technical tasks and processes across a range of core operational activities across the engineering lifecycle. You will join a team of material scientists, electrochemists, mechanical and electronic engineers at Dyson’s Malmesbury Research campus. To meet Dyson’s growing energy storage requirements, your focus will be a practical & technical leadership role in the development and optimisation of manufacturing processes for materials and components for cells and batteries. In this role you will have access to the latest technologies from around the world and help develop the next generation of batteries. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team and have opportunity to develop capabilities across a range of materials processing, cell assembly and characterisation techniques.

Key Responsibilities of the role

  • Gain a clear understanding of Dyson’s Energy Storage Requirements and apply your knowledge to optimise manufacturing processes for custom components in our cells, enabling the next generation of our products.

  • Use a combination of practical experience, creative thinking and continuous improvement methods, to propose, define, specify, implement, optimise and exploit disruptive, novel and established manufacturing techniques that will enable prototype cells, on time and according to specific project objectives.

  • Propose, define and help execute work supporting process understanding and robustness: from optimisation of existing processes, to evaluation, validation and optimisation of alternative processes, to defining critical process indicators and evaluating/implementing quality controls, to leading continuous improvement and the introduction of novel techniques to advance process understanding and effectiveness.

  • Lead activities within a multidisciplinary team, including researchers and technicians, to contribute to the development of production processes, enabling transfer from materials research through scaled-up prototypes to manufacturing using automated and semi-automated pilot equipment. 

  • Be flexible and resilient to change whilst responsible for leading operational and/or technical projects across a range of core operational activities across the engineering lifecycle.   

  • Reporting results to a range of stakeholders and documenting preparatory methods and SOP’s. 

  • Ensuring that new activities are well planned and risk assessed.

Required experience and Qualifications

  • Degree qualified (or min. 5 years equivalent experience) in a chemical, physical science or engineering discipline relevant to contemporary manufacturing.

  • Relevant industrial experience. For example, a background in process equipment, roll to toll, extrusion, converting, batch chemical. 

  • Practical experience of technical leadership in manufacturing and/or process development.

  • Experience leading projects in a quality-driven research or manufacturing environment, using quality and traceability systems and maintaining auditable activity and/or batch records.

  • Practical experience of validating and maintaining automated and semi-automated manufacturing equipment, including problem solving and troubleshooting.

  • Practical experience of handling hazardous materials and use of protective equipment.

  • Good understanding of, compliance with and enforcement of health, safety and environmental standards within a chemical and/or hazmat environment.

  • Experience of defining and ensuring compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP) in a research or manufacturing environment.

  • Highly developed problem solving and analytical skills; attention to detail. An ability to identify problems and find solutions quickly and effectively; experience leading continuous improvement activities.

  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise tasks relative to wider project needs.

  • Excellent team working, interpersonal and leadership skills.

  • Flexibility and adaptability leading practical activities across disciplines and cultures, in a fast-paced environment. 

  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information. Practised in the use of office applications and specialised tools for collecting, recording, processing and presenting data.  

  • Capable of leading practical engineering activities, drafting & executing regular plans, ensuring delivery of objectives on time and in full.

Desirable experience

  • Converting, roll to roll processing, extrusion, formulation, inks, polymers, drying processes, multi skilled engineering.

  • Prior experience of the operation and optimisation of large-volume production methods used in the energy storage industry (training will be provided)

  • Expert-level knowledge of manufacturing techniques used in chemical, materials and/or polymer processing (e.g. mixing, compounding, extrusion, coating, casting, film-blowing, lamination, calendaring, injection moulding)

  • Understanding of process research and development, including materials and thick-film characterisation techniques

  • Experience of pilot (kilo+) scale manufacture and materials processing

  • Experience of process development and technology transfer, including the scoping, documenting, evaluation and exemplification of IP opportunities

  • Scoping, specification, procurement, commissioning, operation and maintenance of precision manufacturing equipment.

  • Expert-level knowledge of good engineering practice and equipment qualification.

  • Experience of advanced technical and operational software tools e.g. Statistical analysis, Design of Experiments, Project Management, Matlab, NI LabView, CAD, FEA/CFD simulation & modelling tools, Six Sigma & change management methods

Key Behaviours

  • Teamwork. Team player, both in operating within the immediate team, the global energy storage team, and the broader Dyson team.

  • Flexibility. Able to adapt to the constantly changing environment that is inherent in this disruptive technology driven company.

  • Process driven approach. Implements and maintains effective and efficient processes.

  • Resilience. Responds to change and adversity positively. Seeks opportunity in situations which may initially seem negative.

  • Accuracy, and objectivity in communication and reporting. It is important that we don’t over-sell or under-sell achievements, to facilitate good decision making.

  • Commitment and ownership. Dyson is a family owned business, which makes long term commitments to stretching technology challenges. The strongest candidates will want to be on this journey with Dyson, rather than just doing a job.

Benefits

Financial:

  • Performance related bonus

  • Company paid Life Assurance

  • Discounts on Dyson machines

  • Competitive pension scheme

  • Purchase additional holidays 

Lifestyle:

  • 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 

Health:

  • Private Medical insurance for all employees

  • Employee Assistance Program for employee and dependants

  • Digital GP and prescription service

  • Fertility treatment support

  • On-site gym and sports centre

  • On-site wellbeing centre

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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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