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Senior Process Development Engineer

Summary

Salary
Competitive
Team
Energy storage
Location
Malmesbury - United Kingdom

About us

Dyson is a global technology enterprise.We solve the problems others chooseto ignore, with surprising new inventionsthat defy convention and simply work better.We’re growing fast andour ambition ishuge – more categories, more locationsand more people. 
We push the boundaries of what others havedefined as possible. Our approach starts withan engineering mindset and different thinking.Then we continuously refine our ideas –unwilling to compromise and driven byan 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:
  • Gain a clear understanding of Dyson’s Energy Storage Requirements and apply your knowledge to optimise 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.
  • You will 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.  
  • 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 and SOP’s.  
  • 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.

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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