Working as a Graduate or Intern for Dyson

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 driven by progress and thrive on the challenge of relentless improvement. We’re growing fast and our ambition is huge – more categories, more locations and more people.

Since 1993 Dyson has been finding new ways to solve real-world problems – from vacuum cleaners with revolutionary cyclone technology, to a hairdryer with intelligent heat control. 

There’s nothing conventional about being a graduate or intern at Dyson. They are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. Dyson wants them to be creative, collaborative, practical and enthusiastic. But most of all, Dyson is hugely passionate about what they do. With a mission-based approach to work graduates and interns gain invaluable exposure to the inner workings at Dyson through tough projects with real responsibility. 

The Dyson UK Technology Campus is home to their first Research, Design and Development (RDD) Centre, located in the Cotswolds where the Dyson story began. The RDD and technology teams are Dyson’s lifeblood. It’s where their engineers challenge convention, build, test, fail, refine, and then fail again. 

You could be supporting Dyson’s New Product Innovation team, New Product Development team, Technical Development team, Test team, or even one of their secret projects! Wherever you are, you’ll be working alongside industry experts – exploring solutions relentlessly, persevering through failure, and searching for answers in unlikely places. In addition to a stimulating work environment, there’s always plenty going on outside of the office, too. It’s a fulfilling place to start working life within a community of people who inspire each other. 

Meet Abigail Mackie

An Associate Data Product Manager after successfully completing the 2017 IT Graduate Programme. Experiencing international travel, a placement in Singapore, and picking up award nominations along the way...

I studied Business Management in Cardiff and graduated in 2017. I actually studied Dyson at school as part of my Design and Technology A Level, and did a piece on why it’s a great British engineering company. I was fascinated by Dyson. It was one of those cool companies focused on technology. I loved the culture at Dyson immediately and got on really well with all the managers during the assessment center interviews. It was challenging but I knew that if I secured an offer, I wouldn’t turn it down. The graduate programme is a really good combination of business skills and insight into technology.

My first rotation was Business Analysis and was the perfect bridge because it was about gathering and understanding business requirements for a company-wide procurement platform. I got to work with people across Dyson and organised six weeks of offsite workshops in the UK and Singapore. My second rotation was focused on IT Transformation and involved working closely with the leadership team. I facilitated and coordinated change advocacy groups across the globe, including bi-weekly catch ups with all streams to better understand the challenges we face working globally.

What I loved about the graduate programme, is that it was really flexible and I pitched where I wanted to go. I worked in Data Product Management, which was a part of IT that wasn’t initially proposed to me as a rotation, but was something I wanted to do. During the rotation, I expressed an interest in coding and they allowed me to do my own side project using spatial analytics to understand the Dyson bus routes, and make them better. My team was really interested and supportive, even though it wasn’t something that would have typically fallen into the role. One of the tasks I was given was to produce a data visualisation on our environmental impact as a global company. It was a last-minute request and I quickly had to learn how to use Tableau Software. I was getting data from Singapore and Malaysia, and it went in front of James Dyson and Jake Dyson. That’s been one of my big achievements so far. It’s been challenging, with huge time constraints and I’ve had to be responsive, but it’s been really exciting. And as a result of my activities, in May 2019 I was shortlisted for the DataIQ New Talent Award 2019 and since finishing the programme, I am now an Associate Data Product Manager.

An exciting part of the graduate programme was being given the opportunity to work at our HQ in Singapore. One of my main objectives of this international assignment was to understand what it’s like to work in an office away from Malmesbury, and to get a better understanding of workplace practices in different cultures. At the Dyson Singapore Technology Centre (STC) I was directly involved with our Research, Design and Development (RDD) teams there and increased my involvement with managing data products. This benefited from the ability to visit the Malaysia Development Centre (MDC) to meet face-to-face with stakeholders. I’ve learnt a lot about myself through working at a different geographic location to the majority of my team. I’ve discovered how much I value relationships, from team activities outside of work to how to make the most of the limited time I have to speak with the team back in the UK.

I knew I would have an international rotation, but I made sure I had conversations with the data team on whether I would have the opportunity to do this abroad. I’m finding that you shouldn’t just ask, you have to propose. At Dyson you have the scope to do really great stuff, but have to seek it out. After knowing I wanted to work in the Data and Analytics Industry for my final rotation on the programme I proposed a placement in our RDD function to work with the data team on their side of the fence. So for that, I pulled together a business case stating what the benefits to IT would be and for my own personal development.

Another side project outside of my day job was inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. I lead a group of 6 people based around the world, and we meet monthly to share objectives, experiences and make suggestions. We talk about what it’s like to be a recent graduate, progressing on the programme, and any tips on developing. I’m encouraged to take on additional projects with no blockers. It’s nice to have a network, an extra support system. I’ve discovered there’s way more of a graduate community at Dyson than I thought there would be. The first induction week was so beneficial in making friends across the business, which has really come in handy in the roles I’ve been in and outside of IT. There’s a great culture here and so many projects have come from a lunch or noticing a project with another graduate and picking up on new opportunities. Often, it’s not a strict formal meeting, but this is key to our culture.

We’re Dyson. A global technology enterprise. We’re about better ideas and better technologies. Since 1993 we’ve been finding new ways to solve real-world problems – from vacuum cleaners with revolutionary cyclone technology, to a hairdryer with intelligent heat control. Our UK Technology Campus is home to our first Research, Design and Development (RDD) Centre, located in the Cotswolds where the Dyson story began.

Our RDD and technology teams are Dyson’s lifeblood. It’s where our engineers challenge convention, build, test, fail, refine, and then fail again. There’s nothing conventional about being a graduate or intern at Dyson. They are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes. We’re creative, collaborative, practical and enthusiastic. But most of all, we’re hugely passionate about what we do. With a mission-based approach to work they gain invaluable exposure to the inner workings at Dyson through tough projects with real responsibility. You could be supporting our New Product Innovation team, New Product Development team, Technical Development team, Test team, or even one of our secret projects. Wherever you are, you’ll be working alongside industry experts – exploring solutions relentlessly, persevering through failure, and searching for answers in unlikely places. In addition to a stimulating work environment, there’s always plenty going on outside of the office, too. It’s a fulfilling place to start working life within a community of people who inspire each other. 

Dyson Facts and Figures

  • In 2018, 86% of Dyson growth came from Asia​ ​
  • 4,450 engineers and scientists worldwide and recruiting hundreds more
  • In 2017, turnover was up by 40% to £3.5bn and profits were up by 27% to £801m. Dyson broke the £1b profit barrier for the first time in 2018
  • James Dyson and the James Dyson Foundation have donated a total of £60m to charitable causes​
  • £8m per week invested in research and development. £2.5bn investment in future technology
  • 48 active research programmes with 30 universities​
  • Almost 90% of Dyson technology is sold outside the UK, in 82 markets
  • 100 millionth machine produced in 2017 as total manufacturing volume reached a record 80,000 machines a day
  • 1 Dyson machine sold every 2 seconds in 2016​
  • There are 424,523 Dyson machines connected to the Dyson Link app worldwide
  • £320m invested into Dyson digital motors over the past 17 years. In 2017 we produced our 40 millionth Dyson Digital Motor. We now manufacture a motor every 2 secs in Singapore.
  • In 2015, Dyson acquired Michigan-based solid state battery technology company Satki3. £1bn in battery technology to be invested over the next 5 years​
  • Over 10,000 patent applications filed

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