Following an expansion of its UK campus with the addition of 129 research laboratories, Dyson, is set to expand to ramp up its engineering capabilities in Singapore with the opening of a new technology centre next year. The global technology firm currently has about 1,300 employees in Singapore, half of whom are engineers, its local manpower is spread across three sites: Dyson Operations@Alexandra Technopark, the West Park high-tech motors manufacturing facility and a commercial office at Fusionopolis.
Dyson also looks to hire more young engineers who are fresh out of university, including those with no prior experience. It plans to grow its engineering team in Singapore by 50% over the next few years – hiring across a range of engineering disciplines including mechanical and design engineers, electronics engineers, motors and power systems engineers, and software engineers.
Speaking to Human Resources, Scott Maguire, Dyson’s global engineering director elaborated on the type of candidates the company is looking for: “The focus will be on junior roles but Dyson welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. In particular we’re looking for people who have a fire in their belly, are passionate about solving everyday problems and most importantly, are brave enough to try out new ideas without the fear of failure.”
Highlighting that the average age of its engineers being 26, he added: “We find that they (young talent) aren’t bogged down by the notion of right or wrong. It’s completely okay to try, and fail, and fix, and fail again. The important thing is to learn from mistakes – something which our graduate engineers are very adept at.”
Maguire commented in the press release: “Singapore is much more than just the site where all our advanced Dyson digital motors are manufactured. With the pace of technology quickening, it is no longer sufficient to run at a consistent pace. We have plans for our engineers here to step up in developing the next frontier of Dyson technology, in close collaboration with our team in the United Kingdom.”
“This forward-thinking approach has made Singapore a hotbed of many popular global technologies companies and an attractive destination for cutting-edge technology to be developed,” the company added in a statement.
Today, Dyson hires over 3,000 engineers and scientists globally, and spends £5m weekly on research, design and development (RDD). Dyson is set to make a key announcement next year with more details about the technology centre. According to Maguire, the announcements will cover the specific role that the technology centre will play, and accordingly the types of people it hopes to bring into the state-of-the-art facility with robotics, connectivity and software being a priority.
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