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Lead Electrode Chemist/Engineer – Energy Storage Scale up

Summary

Salary
Competitive
Team
Science and Research
Location
United Kingdom - Malmesbury 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.

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 2021, 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


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 and deliver 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 methods, to evaluation, validation and optimisation of alternative methods, 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.  
  • Manage your team, taking inputs from materials research and equipment design to deliver materials and tech transfer packages on time and in full for assembly into prototype cells, characterisation and further scale up globally.  
  • 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, SOP’s and technical transfer reports.  
  • Ensuring that new activities are well planned, and risk assessed.
  • Line management and personnel development responsibilities for a team of engineers within the cell prototyping team responsible for scale-up of new processes, supporting equipment design and delivery of materials on time and in full to internal customers.  

About you

  • Degree qualified (or equivalent experience) in a leadership role within chemical, physical science or engineering discipline relevant to contemporary manufacturing.
  • Relevant industrial experience. For example, a background in the battery, electronics, aerospace, plastics, food, pharmaceutical industries.  
  • 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 and maintaining safe working practises for 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 developing and maintaining standard operating procedures (SOP) in a research or manufacturing environment. Managing compliance and change control. 
  • Highly developed problem solving and analytical skills; attention to detail. An ability to identify problems and find solutions quickly and effectively; experience initiating and delegating continuous improvement activities. 
  • Coaching and Mentoring experience.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise tasks and human resource relative to wider project needs.
  • Excellent team working, interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Flexibility and adaptability leading 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 activities, drafting & executing regular plans, ensuring delivery of objectives on time and in full.

Desirable experience:

  • 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 molding)
  • 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
  • Experience of effective business administration within teams

Benefits

Financial benefits:

  • Performance related bonus
  • Company paid Life Insurance
  • Discounts on Dyson machines
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Flexible benefits programme with a growing range of voluntary benefits, including the ability to purchase additional holidays

Lifestyle benefits:

  • 27 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays
  • Free bus travel to and from Malmesbury campus from Bristol, Chippenham and Swindon
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidized café providing endless free coffee and tea, and a free lunch

Health benefits:

  • Private Medical insurance for all employees
  • Employee Assistance Program for employee and dependents
  • Digital GP and prescription service
  • On-site gym
     

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