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Lead Science and Research Engineer (Energy Storage)

Summary

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

About us

At Dyson we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. We’re creative, collaborative, practical and enthusiastic. But most of all we’re hugely passionate about what we do.

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for talented individuals to invent, design and develop market leading products for the global market. By working in our world-class research, design and development (RDD) department, these individuals have the opportunity to work alongside leading technical specialists and highly motivated creative people to create products which fulfil our ambition of being truly different and better than our competitors.

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 the production of prototype cells. You will be involved in the end to end process from chemical processing and roll to roll coatings, through preparation of components, to the hands-on assembly of prototype cells using a combination of manual and automated processes. In this role you provide technical leadership to a team of prototyping technicians to deliver materials and cells on time and in full and as required contribute to broader research activities. The team will have access to the latest technologies from around the world and 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.

Responsibilities:

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

  • Be responsible for maintenance, and delivery of quality components, cells and associated results on time and in full. The scope of your team covers a range of core operational activities across the engineering lifecycle.  

  • Work within a multidisciplinary team to scale materials from discovery to prototype cells. Utilising process insight and applied knowledge you will facilitate new product introductions and contribute to the transfer of processes to manufacture.  

  • Use a combination of practical experience in manual and semi-automated assembly and materials processing alongside continuous improvement to carry out and optimise processes that provide prototype cells for testing, on time and in full.

  • Be responsible for quality, from traceability to characterisation to advance materials and cell performance.

  • Take a leading role in new product introduction, liaise with other teams in cell design and testing to ensure a smooth introduction within cell prototyping. Create/Design and improve prep methods, work instructions and SOP’s accordingly.

  • Maintain subject matter expertise for all aspects of cell manufacture. Step in and fill gaps in any process as required. Be first to complete any new or difficult task to develop efficient and effective methodology to deliver on specification.

  • Drive continuous improvement (Lean Six Sigma) - Improve systems of work, documentation practises and tooling in D9a/D202 to increase efficiency, Improve 7S outcomes

  • Lead by example to ensure SOP’s are adhered to at all times taking particular attention recording and analysing of data. Ensure the quality of record keeping in the team is excellent.

  • Lead corrective and preventative action investigations and DOE’s when specifications are not met or process deviations occur. Identify root cause and implement robust change to eliminate, reduce and control the causes within SOP’s, through training or through workplace design.

  • Ensure risk assessments are complete before starting work for all ongoing and new activities in cell prototyping

About you

  • Educated with practical experience in a chemical, physical science or engineering discipline relevant to assembly and battery manufacturing techniques.

  • Relevant industrial experience. For example, a background in the battery or energy storage industry

  • Practical experience leading teams involved in accurate and repetitive manual assembly whilst maintaining accuracy and quality over extended periods.

  • Practical experience of working with and maintaining automated and semi-automated assembly equipment, including problem solving.

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

  • Practical experience of roll-to-roll coating and converting techniques such as slitting and calendaring.

  • Experience of a quality driven research environment, traceability systems and maintaining auditable assembly records.

  • Experience of writing standard operating procedures and change control in a research and development environment.

  • Experience of developing and introducing quality control procedures from goods-in to final product.

  • Problem solving, analytical with an attention to detail.

  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, including flexibility and adaptability whist supporting a diverse team within a matrix organisation. 

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

  • Capable of working independently to plan ahead, deliver materials and complete tasks on time and in full.

Desirable experience

  • Prior experience of the materials and processes used in the energy storage industry

  • Practical knowledge of analytical and characterisation techniques used for chemical and materials processing

  • Experience of kilo scale chemical manufacture and materials processing

  • Experience of manual and semi-automated assembly processes

  • Operation and maintenance of converting equipment

  • Operation, maintenance and method development of welding and heat-sealing equipment

  • Operation, maintenance of presses and press tooling

  • Lean Six Sigma tools

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

  • 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

  • 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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