Matt A. - Senior Test Engineer, Test & Development
Before coming to Dearman Matt worked at Guava International Ltd – a UK approved repairer and international distributor for Jaguar Land Rover – as a Master Technician. Prior to that he qualified with an HNC in Advanced Vehicle Technologies.
“A friend of mine brought the position at Dearman to my attention. What I liked was primarily the technology itself – early-stage engineering that I could become a part of. It seemed like such a radical technology to be taking liquid nitrogen, using it as a power source and building an engine around that concept. Having a background primarily working on diesels, it was nice to come and work for a company who are offsetting a major problem diesels cause.
There’s lots I like about working here – the level of responsibility, the challenge of finding solutions to problems, and working as a team to find those solutions. There’s a good opportunity for career progression which is a major plus. And working with people who are incredibly good at what they do.
The team bond is great – people get on really well. Staff socials are good, and (without it being forced), people choose to spend time together, like at lunchtime – it’s a great team to be a part of.
Dearman in a nutshell? Simple. Developing world-first technology.
Since completing an MSc (Eng) in Bio -Mechanical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Valentina has worked as a Mechanical Development Engineer with Flow Group plc, and as an Ergonomic Analyst at FIAT.
“I joined Dearman because this is a job that will allow me to grow within the organization. I can do so in an open, supportive, stimulating, collaborative work environment.
My job gives me a chance to constantly challenge myself in a positive workplace – there is respect for individual’s ideas and good work and knowledge are appreciated.
I continuously learn new things, so I’m improving my skills and working with friendly people every day.”
Dearman in a nutshell? The work here is focused on delivering real measurable results.
Before coming to Dearman, Kevin worked at Ford Motor Company. In his time there he worked in diesel research and as a systems validation engineer. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire.
“Dearman struck me as an interesting company with a new technology – working with cryogenics isn’t something I’d done before and I liked the idea of that in particular. The start-up mentality appealed, and I was encouraged by investment the company had clearly attracted. Also, in terms of aligning with my values, the company is consciously moving away from fossil fuels into something that’s more environmental, and that appeals to me.
At Dearman, you get a real sense of achievement. And what’s more, things happen at great pace here, so the feeling of accomplishment comes quickly. Usually product development cycles are long and drawn out, taking years, but here there is the opportunity to see the outcomes of your work and decisions in weeks and months.
Working with well-rounded people, who has a broad range of interests outside of work, makes it easier to foster a sense of camaraderie, which there definitely is here, and to be yourself as well. You can bring your real personality to work.”
Dearman in a nutshell? Everything is new at Dearman – you can’t go and look in a book to find something out because we’re breaking new ground with the technology. It’s challenging, but hugely rewarding at the same time, to be constantly problem solving.
With a degree in Accounting and Management, and a Diploma of Management Accounts, Valerie has experience as a Powertrain Programme Buyer has spent time at Ford Motor Company.
“A friend brought this role to my attention. I found the technology at Dearman very interesting and the role was attractive. I was looking for a new job to challenge myself – I love Programme management, building relationships with suppliers, chasing up and negotiating.
I really enjoy working with all the teams and problem solving. It’s interesting working with a newer company, starting from the bottom and creating new processes. The company is very dynamic, so I am very busy all the time and under pressure (in a good way). It gives me purpose and I feel I accomplish goals every day.
Because of the size of the company, there’s the opportunity to have your ideas heard by senior managers – you come in with ideas and they are welcomed and discussed. There’s freedom to accomplish a lot and flexibility as well – you’re treated as an adult. On top of that, it’s a great team – lots of different people and a good mixture of personalities.”
Dearman in a nutshell? A dynamic company and nice, naturally hardworking employees.
Tim’s experience pre-Dearman was mostly in the Automotive industry, namely Ford Motor Company, Ricardo and Millbrook Proving Ground. Prior to that, he completed a degree in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering.
“I think I was looking for a company like Dearman long before I came across the job description. I needed a change from the ‘Big Company’ mindset that I was becoming used to, and I was increasingly feeling that the incremental steps the Auto industry was making towards clean-technology and energy efficiency were just too small and too slow. The exciting game-changing technology being developed by Dearman immediately appealed, and since joining, I haven’t looked back.
The best thing about working for Dearman is the opportunity to tackle genuinely new and exciting challenges on an almost daily basis. A novel technology calls for novel approaches to problem solving, and Dearman provides its staff with the space and flexibility to get creative, which can be rare in many process-driven engineering firms.
Add to this a fantastic group of people and a healthy team-working culture that is growing as the company does, and you have the recipe for a really rewarding place to work. In fact, one of the things that makes Dearman so enjoyable is that everyone gets on well at a personal level, so that there are all sorts of get-togethers and socials outside of work hours, some of which are work-organised, some of which are not. This type of thing makes Dearman a lifestyle rather than just a day job.”
Dearman in a nutshell? “Developing and eventually industrialising pioneering technologies with real benefits to the environment and to society.”
Laura - Head of Campaigns & Public Affairs, Corporate Affairs
Laura’s career has mainly been in politics. Previous to her current role at Dearman, she was working as the Head of the Liberal Democrat Whips’ Office in the House of Lords. Laura has an undergraduate degree in Business with Law and a Masters Degree in European Union Politics.
“I was made aware of this role due to my interests in transport, environmental and international development policy. Dearman seemed to tick the boxes of the areas I was interested in, plus the company was doing something completely different that I had ever seen before.
The pace of Dearman is incredibly fast which is similar to politics, and I thrive in fast-moving and changing environments. I find it rewarding that what we are doing will make a positive environmental impact on the world in which we live.
We are a social bunch and often go for lunch or drinks together, regardless of team or level of seniority.”
Having recently finished his masters, this is Matt’s first role after graduating from Imperial College London’s MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures. Prior to that he studied Physics at Durham University.
“I wanted to pursue a career in a clean-tech, sustainability, climate change related industry. Dearman’s position as a late-stage start-up on the brink of commercialisation was a very attractive prospect for a recent grad like me looking for business exposure. There was clearly an opportunity to grow and develop with the company as well
In my role I get to use the training and skills I developed at undergrad and in my masters. There’s a nice balance between technical analysis and more qualitative, high-level, strategic work. The company ethos means I have the freedom to pursue ideas and with that I have a real sense of responsibility.
Having a training allowance is a big benefit, because it means I can develop professionally. The atmosphere inside the office makes coming to work enjoyable.”
Dearman in a nutshell? “You get to work alongside people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, there’s never a dull moment, and always a sense of meaning.”