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Manager/Team Lead – Materials Processing and Battery Assembly

Summary

Salary
Competitive
Team
Energy storage
Location
Malmesbury - United Kingdom

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 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 will lead a team of prototyping technicians to deliver materials and cells on time and in full and as required contribute to broader research activities. Your 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. 

Key Responsibilities of the role
  • 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 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.
  • Manage stocks and goods in processes, procurement of consumables, local stores using lean processes.
  • Maintain a state-of-the-art facility in an audit ready state at all times, ensure relevant health, safety and environmental standards are met. 
  • Administer and develop your team in accordance with Dyson standards. Champion continuous improvement activities. 


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, assembly industries and/or chemical, pharmaceutical, coatings, plastics, food, converting industries.  
  • 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.
  • Good understanding of health, safety and environmental responsibilities within a chemical environment.
  • 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 managing 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

  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Performance related bonus
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Sport centre
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidised café and restaurants
  • Discounts on Dyson machines


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