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Lead Controls Engineer - Test Systems


Design and Development
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

At Dyson we are obsessed with continuously making things better, pushing the boundaries of what others have defined as impossible.  We do this by making products that solve real-world problems using both novel and established technologies in new and innovative ways.

Our Verification and Test Team plays an integral part in determining how, when, and where we verify and validate innovative technologies and products to ensure designs are robust to real-world conditions and perform better than the competition. While our primary function is to verify requirements, at the early stages of a project we add value by characterising the performance of prototypes and feeding back data to drive good design.

We're committed to our campus culture and don’t look to offer a regular hybrid working arrangement. This helps us to achieve the spirit of Dyson – collaboration, creativity, and inventiveness – in our inspiring, social, and dynamic workspaces.

About the role

As a Functional Lead for the Test Systems electrical and controls design team, you will focus on designing and integrating controls, instrumentation, and automation for specialised industrial machinery and automated equipment. Your expertise will play a pivotal role in accelerating the development of innovative commercial products that are world-leading in their field.

In this capacity, you will oversee all aspects of electrical and control hardware design and specification, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations. Your responsibilities extend to shaping the tools, methods, processes, and best practices within the electrical and controls domain, establishing a standardised approach for common project elements, and serving as a consultant on projects handled by fellow controls engineers. Beyond this, you will have the opportunity to lead equipment design projects, manage a sub-team of controls engineers, and oversee the outsourcing of equipment design projects.

Your key duties include specifying and designing electrical systems for test equipment, providing technical leadership to colleagues in the electrical/controls function, promoting a "house style" for shared project components, coaching colleagues in the use of EPLAN, fostering a high-performance team culture, ensuring comprehensive documentation of work, and potentially taking on line-management responsibilities. Your role is pivotal in driving innovation and excellence within our test systems development organization.

About you

-          Proficient in power distribution, low voltage circuits, safety circuits, sensors, actuators, drives, VFDs, servo and stepper motors, PLCs, DAQ, SCADA, HMI, bus-communication, and subsystem integration

-          Work experience in electrical control panel design, control and data acquisition systems, special-purpose machinery design, or electromechanical design

-          Holds a degree in a relevant science, engineering, or math field, or equivalent work experience

-          Extensive expertise in electrical design and EPLAN

-          Strong grasp of electrical theory

-          Experienced in producing electrical designs compliant with EN 60204 and EN 13489 standards

-          Skilled in designing and building custom machinery and control panels, adhering to regulations such as Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 and Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016

-          Proficient in gathering, comprehending, and managing stakeholder requirements

-          Exceptional interpersonal skills, adept at clear communication and guidance for diverse audiences

-          Strong problem-solving and analytical abilities, demonstrated through independent and collaborative work

-          Highly organized with a practical approach to process implementation

-          Resourceful, energetic, and self-motivated



-          Performance-related bonus scheme

-          Competitive pension scheme

-          Life assurance

-          Discounts on Dyson machines and retail purchases

-          Free bus travel to and from campus (from Bristol, Bath, Chippenham, and Swindon)


-          Generous holiday allowance of 27 days (plus bank holidays)

-          Free on-site lunches, fruit, and hot drinks

-          Access to on-site sports centre, gym, hair salon, and lifestyle assistance

-          Electric vehicle salary sacrifice scheme

-          Option to purchase additional holiday days


-          Private medical insurance and dental insurance

-          Employee assistance programme

-          Digital GP services

-          On-site physiotherapy and GP services

-          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.