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Senior Research Manager - Battery Packs


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.

About the role

Dyson offers a unique opportunity for an experienced individual to join the Battery Pack Research Team as the Senior Research Manager. The role is for a senior technical leader who wishes to invent, design and develop industry leading high-performance battery packs for high volume production for a wide range of applications. The team is part of the Technical Research Team that comprise of Electronics, Energy Storage and Motors & Power Systems Teams, based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, U.K.  The team are pioneering methods of integrating Dyson’s own state-of-the-art cell technology, as well as delivering improvements to the battery packs with commercial cells.

The successful candidate will be joining a company with a strong engineering culture that enables;

  • Regular design and engineering sessions with James Dyson and Top Engineers in the Company

  • Opportunity to work with experienced people in a wide variety of disciplines to share knowledge and learn from as well as opportunities for mentoring

  • that have the only University degree integrated to the day-to-day business. This provides opportunity to work with bright young students directly in projects and help create the next generation of engineers    that have growing list of strategic partnerships

  • University based research labs integrated into the world’s most reputable Institutions, Cambridge, Imperial, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, etc.  

  • Strong long-term links with materials, part and equipment manufacturers globally – great opportunity to design and engineer for manufacture from start

  • Dedicated Tech Scouting Team – opportunity to always be in the know with the up and coming technologies in the market and assess their use for solving real problems

  • Participate in the biggest relevant engineering conferences world-wide. Access to relevant publications

Core Responsibilities

The role is an opportunity to work alongside other technical senior leaders and significantly contribute to the creation of enabling technologies for a variety of next generation Dyson products and fulfil our ambition of being truly authentic, different, better and faster than the competition.

The successful candidate will report to Motors and Power Systems Research Director and directly lead a multi-disciplinary, highly motivated and diverse team of engineers working closely with electronics and energy storage research teams. Core responsibilities include:

  • Stretch the boundaries of power and energy density whilst ensuring safety, robustness and reliability in a variety of applications

  • Meet target specifications such as cost (part and manufacturing), size, mass and performance within the planned timeline of each research project – ability to optimise these concurrently

  • Lead, plan and manage resources across multiple highly ambitious and complex projects that run simultaneously

  • Understand the overall product concept and contribute significantly to the design of the product with expert knowledge of the latest technologies / methods in the industry

  • Assess, establish and manage supplier relationships with technical and commercial negotiations, maintaining confidence in BOM and assembly costs throughout a project

  • Lead the team to generate innovative novel solutions with strong & high value IP

  • Identify skills or knowledge gaps within the team and lead the recruitment activities as required

  • Coach and mentor team members

  • Create and manage associated technology roadmaps

Essential Behavioural Skills

At Dyson, we have a high-performance culture – it is about achieving results in the right way. How you do things is equally important to What you achieve in your role. We strive to create a meaningful place to work where everyone gives their best and is continuously learning and improving. Essential behavioural skills required for the role are:

  • Dedication to delivering complex projects on time, specification and cost

  • Drive for engineering excellence alongside strong commercial & IP awareness

  • Excellent analytical ability and thorough approach to reasoning and problem solving

  • Ability to learn quickly and influence others; direct team members, peers and senior management

  • Challenge convention in technical and non-technical matters and have strong desire to be a pioneer

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively the results and project status using a variety of platforms to a broad spectrum of individuals

  • Uphold the core expectations of our company; Transparency, Loyalty, Fairness and Independence, to the highest standard

About you

  • Ideally you will hold a BEng/MEng degree from a relevant engineering degree programme with a demonstrable level of industrial experience

  • Demonstrable technical expertise with breadth and depth in developing Li-Ion battery packs and their integration into complete Power Systems

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Thermal design

  • Materials (fire retardants, intumescent, light weighting, etc.)

  • Automated Manufacturing / Assembly Methods

  • Testing and validation of battery packs

  • Strong working knowledge of Design for Manufacturing to deliver low cost, high volume, high performance and reliable engineering solutions

  • Experience in a wide range of multi-disciplinary 1D to 3D simulation techniques, platforms, and ability to use these to drive designs. Be able to correctly judge the need and place for quick hand calculations vs. complex 3D simulations.

  • Robust understanding of the role of concept specifications, requirements capture, DFMEAs and DVP&R’s in a multi-disciplinary engineering environment

  • Demonstrable familiarity with

  • Welding techniques

  • Materials science

  • GD&T and dimensional engineering

  • Siemens NX, Ansys Workbench and Siemens Teamcenter

  • Manufacturing technologies for battery packs


• Performance related bonus
• Company paid Life Assurance
• Discounts on Dyson machines
• Competitive pension scheme
• Purchase additional holidays

• 27 days holiday plus statutory bank holidays
• Free bus travel to and from Malmesbury campus from Bristol, Chippenham and Swindon
• On-site parking
• Endless free coffee and tea, and a free lunch
• Free on-site hair salon
• On-site lifestyle Assist
• Electric vehicle scheme

• Private Medical insurance for all employees
• Employee Assistance Program for employee and dependents
• Digital GP and prescription service
• Fertility treatment support
• On-site gym and sports centre
• On-site wellbeing centre


Dyson is an equal opportunity employer. We know that great minds don’t think alike, and it takes all kinds of minds to make our technology so unique. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and employment decisions are made without regard to race, colour, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other any other dimension of diversity.

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.