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Senior Cell Prototyping Engineer - Assembly, Tooling & Automation


Science and Research
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 role will be responsive and practical, supporting the team with tooling for bespoke cell designs within the cell prototyping team. You will manage change control of existing assembly equipment, lead problem solving in a range of assembly processes, improve existing tooling and introduce new tooling for new cell designs as required. You will support all activities within a diverse team as required.

You will work alongside a prototyping engineer, the central workshop, and a team of prototyping technicians. You will ensure that tooling and jigs are ready and safe for use in advance and take responsibility for tool change and planned, preventative maintenance for a range of assembly and process equipment. In this role you 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 and cell assembly techniques.

Key Responsibilities of the role:

  • Gain a clear understanding of Dyson’s Energy Storage Requirements and apply your knowledge to support the development of custom materials and components in our cells, enabling the next generation of our products.
  • Use a combination of design and practical experience in tooling, manual and semi-automated assembly and materials processing alongside continuous improvement to carry out and optimise processes that provide bespoke prototype cells for testing, on time and in full.
  • Be responsible for health and safety related to the introduction of new tooling within the team.
  • Work within a multidisciplinary team to scale materials from discovery to prototype cells. Through your design and tooling capabilities you will facilitate new product introductions and transfer developed processes to manufacture.  
  • Be responsible for delivering operational and/or technical tasks and processes across a range of core operational activities across the engineering lifecycle.   
  • Documentation of cell assembly processes.
  • Assembly process and tooling development.

About you

  • Proven experience in a practical tooling design environment in a research setting
  • Advanced CAD experience (NX preferable, but not essential)
  • Knowledge of teamcentre
  • Relevant industrial experience. For example, a background in assembly tooling and automation.
  • Practical experience of working with and maintaining automated and semi-automated assembly equipment, including problem solving.
  • Practical experience of handling hazardous materials and use of protective equipment.
  • Good understanding of health, safety and environmental responsibilities within a chemical and/or engineering environment.
  • Experience of a quality driven research environment, traceability systems and maintaining auditable assembly records.
  • Experience of following standard operating procedures and change control in a research and development environment.
  • Experience of performing quality control procedures from goods-in to final product.
  • Problem solving, analytical with an attention to detail. An ability to identify, resolve or suggest solutions for material processing issues, providing examples of continuous improvement activity.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise tasks relative to wider project scope and timelines.
  • Excellent team working and interpersonal skills, including flexibility and adaptability whilst working across teams. 
  • Ability to communicate appropriate, concise and accurate information. Practised in the use of office applications for recording, processing and presenting data.  
  • Capable of working independently to plan ahead, deliver materials and complete tasks on time and in full.

Desirable experience

  • Health and safety related to manual handling, machines and equipment, tooling, maintenance, workshop operations
  • Operation and maintenance of converting equipment.
  • Operation, maintenance and method development of welding and heat-sealing equipment
  • Operation, maintenance of presses and press tooling
  • Operation, maintenance of automated and semi-automated production processes.
  • Understanding PLC’s in, particular Mitsubishi PLC systems
  • Prior experience of the energy storage industry, training will be provided.
  • Working knowledge of good engineering practise and equipment qualification.
  • Lean Six Sigma tools


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


At Dyson, it's about more than our machines. We recognise that our success comes from our inventive people. We believe in including everybody and supporting you on your journey with us

Interview guidance

We are following the government guidelines regarding COVID19. At this time all interviews will be conducted via video or telephone. We’re taking these precautionary measures to protect both our employee and candidate wellbeing. Our Talent Acquisition team will work with you and provide further information as appropriate. 

Closing date: 31 October 2021