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Senior Procurement Engineering Manager


China - Shanghai Office

Senior Procurement Engineering Manager, Electronics & Electro-Mechanical Procurement

China - Shanghai

About Dyson

Dyson is a global technology enterprise. We solve the problems others choose to ignore, with exciting new inventions that defy convention and simply work better. We are continuing to grow, and our ambition is huge – more categories, more locations and more innovative technology.

About the Team

Procurement Engineering is an expanding and exciting team that sits at the very heart of Dyson upstream product development. Our team have a blend of commercial and engineering experience and we work very closely with our colleagues in NPI, Research and Global Engineering. Our role is to support and develop the commodity, commercial and supply chain strategies for new technologies that will help define Dyson’s future success.

As part of the Global Operations & Procurement Team, we lead and drive upstream procurement activity across all product categories for the newest technologies and early supplier engagement. We work collaboratively alongside Research and NPI to ensure we are building robust supply chains that have optimum cost, quality and performance outcomes.

About the Role

This is a leadership role where you will be seen as a subject matter expert, sought out across the business from senior stakeholders & project/category leaders for your expert knowledge. The projects and problem-solving activities you will be involved in will often be complex and time sensitive, requiring strong decision-making skills and the ability to see solutions where others may not.

Core role responsibilities are as below:

You will…

  • lead & manage the Procurement Engineering team engagement with Research & NPI on Electronics & Electro-Mechanical new technologies across all Dyson product categories
  • collaborate with and support the UK and SEA based teams with early phase Procurement Management activities across the Electronics & Electro-Mechanical sub-commodities e.g. new technology sourcing, new supplier on-boarding and qualification and supply chain due diligence
  • act as the local Procurement representative and immediate contact person
  • provide expert commercial & technical support to lead & coach the team to source high quality parts and sub-assemblies that meet all performance, functional and commercial criteria
  • work within upstream RDD teams across multiple projects & categories to create, develop and integrate Electronics & Electro-Mechanical technology/supplier roadmaps and commodity strategies
  • drive design to cost – looking to achieve the optimal technology at the optimal cost
  • guide and mentor the team, encouraging innovation and development of best practice/good discipline to deliver robust commercial and engineering solutions
  • ensure strong communication, collaboration and co-ordination of activities with all relevant project teams to ensure effective and timely input - these may be external suppliers as well as internal teams
  • support and advise as a subject matter expert to help carry out the necessary due diligence and qualification of new suppliers and technologies
  • work closely with the PE leadership team to champion team objectives & initiatives, ensuring deliverables are completed on time
  • undertake business travel in support of new supplier/technology investigations and supplier due diligence  - especially in China and Asia Region.

About you

You will demonstrate a clear passion for Procurement and the benefits it can bring to an organisation. You will be able to smoothly navigate sometimes complex situations and be comfortable operating at all levels within commercial and engineering driven environments. Technical know-how, excellent commercial acumen, stakeholder management and influencing skills are key for the role. Resilience and the desire to bring about change is also highly desirable.

The successful candidate will:

  • have a degree in a relevant engineering and/or commercial discipline with demonstrable work experience in both of these areas
  • have excellent knowledge & experience of product R&D and innovation with demonstrable experience of managing commercial teams
  • have a proven track record of being able to lead technically challenging commodities from concept to production
  • have a broad and well-founded understanding and awareness of Electronics and Electro-Mechanical commodities, and how those commodities work and can be optimised. For example:
    • Motors & Drives
    • Pumps
    • Heaters & Coolers
    • Batteries
    • Power Supply Units & Chargers
    • Semiconductor Based Devices (power management, driver ICs, LEDs)
    • Printed Circuit Boards and Assemblies
    • Sensors
    • Displays
  • be able to work collaboratively and influence multiple senior stakeholders across the different product categories and support teams
  • be a self-starter with the ability to drive Procurement Engineering activity in an efficient and organised manner
  • be able to work autonomously and independently to ensure alignment with cross functional teams
  • Experience in New Product Innovation, Product Development and or Consumer Electronics Development is also desirable

Benefits [to be amended according to local T&Cs]

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.