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Power Electronics Manager

Summary

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

About us

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for a talented Research Manager specialising in Power Electronics within the Technical Research team, based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, U.K.

The Electronic Systems Research Team is expanding and we work across several product categories and is involved a range of technologies including power electronics, embedded electronics, sensors and software. We work very closely with the New Product Innovation (NPI) teams and deliver technologies into new products during the research phase. A successful candidate will be leading a team working to generate new ideas and technologies to enable specific product features, as well as researching into future technologies.

Some of the technology areas covered includes:

  • AC-DC and DC-DC conversion up to 3kW

  • High speed motor drive design

  • Battery management systems

  • Heater control

  • Microcontroller selection and software for the above, including control algorithm implementation

  • Sensor selection for a variety of areas

We work alongside the mechanical, electromagnetic, thermal and aero/acoustic teams in Technical Research, as well as the Energy Storage team, to help find the best technologies and integration approaches. The work involves shorter term projects targeting specific products, alongside longer-term research projects to bring emerging technologies into future products.

About the role

You will manage a team of engineers to deliver power system projects to our development teams, ensuring team philosophies and working practices are applied to a project.

You will work with different sub-teams within Technical Research, as well as New Product Innovation, other research groups and development teams to gain an in depth product understanding, whilst using your expert knowledge of the latest technologies to create innovative systems and solutions and solve complex system level problems.

  • Demonstrate designs are robust and viable for use in product through laboratory testing and driving the team to develop simulations to optimise designs.

  • Hardware design review activities (schematic reviews and pre/post PCB layout reviews).

  • Ensure electronic requirements and architecture details are documented by the team.

  • Managing technical risks in a project through FMEAs.

  • Produce and present review packs which typically include concept specifications, requirements and specification documentation, risk registers, FMEAs and design guides when needed.

  • Researching into new and emerging technologies through visiting conferences, trade shows, meeting suppliers, reading papers and patents.

  • Identify emerging IP and ensure inventions are submitted to the IP team.

  • Ensuring the team generates suitable test specifications to ensure product reliability, safety and robustness. This includes the development of test environments including simulation, emulation and hardware/test equipment interactions.

About you

BEng/MEng degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (or equivalent), or other relevant discipline and a demonstrable level of industrial experience in a relevant industry.

You should be able to demonstrate an ability to research, innovate, as well as being a key contributor to strengthening the culture of innovation within the team and wider department.

As well as specialising in power electronics for this role and have a broad knowledge of electronics you ideally will have experience of people management.

Minimum technical knowledge:

  • Power Electronics:

  • Experience in motor inverter design and motor control, particularly brushless DC motors, servo or stepper motors - as well as experience of power converter design.

  • General knowledge of power electronic devices and modules, including silicon based IGBTs, MOSFETs and wide bandgap technologies.

  • Understanding of device characteristics and issues with switching behaviour in real circuits, as well as power switch driver design.

  • Thermal management approaches for surface mount and through hole devices.

  • PCB layout - size/cost minimisation while achieving layouts for inherently good EMC compliance and thermal design.

  • Device selection - Interpretation of datasheets and knowledge of design methods to confidently select the optimum device based on design criteria.

  • It is desirable for a candidate to have prior experience of heater control (e.g. triac drivers and triac control).


Control Circuit design:

  • Excellent understanding of techniques for accurately monitoring small signals in high power, electrically noisy environments.

  • Knowledge of analogue to digital converters, op-amps, comparators, voltage references etc.

Design tools:

  • Schematic capture using Altium Designer, Mentor Graphics VX or other mainstream tools.

  • Use of SPICE based simulation tools such as Simetrix.

  • Use of Matlab or Python.

Design techniques:

  • Circuit simulation and design tolerance analysis.

  • Good quality engineering process understanding and appreciation.

  • Robust design including FMEA techniques.

  • Familiar with creating requirement documents.

  • Ability to evaluate complete systems and drive optimization.


Laboratory experience:

  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment.

  • Use of laboratory equipment to set up experiments and to take precise measurements.

  • Experience of writing risk assessments for lab-based testing.

  • Ability to build, test and modify prototypes.

Managerial experience:

  • Previous people management experience.

  • Proven ability to build and manage supplier relationships.

  • Ability to manage several projects running concurrently.

  • Budget setting and management.

Essential behavioural skills:

  • Excellent analytical ability and attention to detail.

  • Effective communicator: appropriate, concise and accurate information in written and verbal format.

  • Able to adapt or generate imaginative and innovative ideas in line with core Dyson values.

  • Comfortable at multi-tasking and planning effectively when working with a variety of project teams.

  • Excellent team working skills and a desire to inspire others within the team.

  • Able to work on several projects running concurrently in a fast-paced environment.

About us

We are looking for a hands-on Supervisor role for the Model making & Vacuum Casting department managing a team of 8-9 people to produce high quality parts for all of RDD within agreed lead times.

Function Overview:

Dyson have a rich heritage of cutting-edge design and are renowned for creating ground-breaking and stylistic products. There is now an exciting opportunity for a Product Prototype Supervisor to join Dyson’s world leading Research, Design and Development Campus based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

About the role

  • Co-ordinate and supervise the daily activities of the Model making & Vacuum Casting department.

  • Planning and prioritization of work, coordinating the department’s workflow to ensure delivery for project teams.

  • Work alongside the team to produce high quality prototype parts required for technology research and product development.

  • Manage the laboratory environment and resources, ensuring team is resourced and allocated appropriately to deliver.

  • Manage and control all preventative maintenance work within the labs and usage of equipment.

  • Work closely with engineers to understand the technical requirements of prototype requests.

  • Act as an escalation point for Technicians and internal customers.

  • Be a proactive member of the Product Prototype team who offers practical ideas and solutions and drives continuous improvement in area.

  • Responsible for day to day operational supervision, performance and engagement of the team.

  • Produce KPI and capacity data to give visibility to higher management.

About you

  • Qualified/Experienced Model Maker with Vacuum Casting background.

  • Proven people management experience.

  • PC skills, Excel, CAD.

  • Previous experience in Prototyping field.

  • Ability to use model making and general workshop equipment to a high standard: hand tools, circular saw, band saw, disc sander, laser cutter, Dremel, pillar drill, lathe and mill.

  • Excellent manual skills and eye for detail.

  • High finishing skills: use of hand sanding techniques, use of specialist spray-paints and equipment.

  • Knowledge of rapid-prototyping processes, such as AM build setup & operation.

  • Knowledge of Materialise Magics would be advantageous.

  • Proven people management expertise.

  • Able to plan ahead, co-ordinate work across a team and ensure high standards of delivery.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Behavioural:

  • Initiative and Proactivity: able to pre-empt problems and seize opportunities.

  • Drive for accuracy and results: Focuses on expedient delivery, to the right level of resolution and quality.

  • Attitude: Shows the willingness to put the goal of the team before personal goals, and the ability to build effective co-operative relationships with others.

  • Communication: Ability to effectively communicate and converse with the product innovation and technology research teams.

  • Planning and Organizing: Able to develop clear, efficient and logical approaches to work and manage time effectively.

  • Product Focus: Appreciates that the products we make and sell drive what we do in RDD, reflects this by aligning actions towards this.

  • Flexibility: Willing to adapt thinking, behaviour, activities to suit the requirements of different situations and to assist managers, colleagues and engineers with their requests.

Benefits

Financial:

  • 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:

  • 27 days holiday plus statutory public 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:

  • 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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