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19 Mar 2021

Full-Time DE&S Capability Development Manager

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£37,400 – £44,000 per annum (plus benefits).


Join an integral part of the UK’s Defence and play your part in the procurement and in-service support of all our Armed Forces’ equipment, from fighter jets, armoured vehicles and aircraft carriers, to clothing, food, and ammunition. If you have the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our country’s Armed Forces to deliver on operations at home and abroad, then apply online now!

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

You will be based out of the location listed above in the advert, however, DE&S supports Smarter working, which empowers you to make decisions about when, where and how you work.

Job description

Would you be interested in the opportunity to work in a complex and challenging role, playing a key role supporting the Royal Navy on activities leading to delivery of their Mine Hunting Capability? We are offering an exciting and unique opportunity for you to be a part of a dedicated team of Pathfinders, in the use and development of Maritime Autonomous Systems.

As the Capability Development Manager, you will join a small, yet diverse, team of specialists, delivering revolutionary Mine Hunting Capability through Maritime Autonomous Systems. You will provide technical advice, management and support, and develop activities leading to delivery of Mine Hunting Capability to the Royal Navy.

In this post, you will develop your understanding of Defence Lines of Development, in order to successfully deliver this transformational capability to the Royal Navy. This post is vital in gaining an understanding of the capability and development of Concepts of Use, to ensure maximum capability is gained from the equipment provided and fully supported by all Defence Lines of Development, in order to successfully Transition to Service.


As the Capability Development Manager, your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

• Ensuring development and understanding across all Defence Lines of Development in order to successfully deliver transformational capability to the Royal Navy
• Liaising with stakeholders and attend stakeholder events in pursuance of Transition to Service, ensuring appropriate agreements are in place across Defence Lines of Development
• Liaising with all Defence Lines of Development, to ensure capability delivery
• Working closely with Mine Hunting Capability trials team, to ensure all operational capability requirements, with respect to mine warfare, are fully trialled for all projects
• Monitoring the output and providing recommendations for updates to Concepts of Use and Concepts of Employment
• Acting as the Acceptance Authority for Mine Hunting Capability Trials
• Furthering the development of Concepts of Operations and Concepts of Use for Mine Hunting Capability Maritime Autonomous System with specific focus on Defence Lines of Development
• Liaising with Navy Command
• Providing support to Mine Hunting Capability Operations Manager.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application, you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

• You will have expertise in Mine Warfare operations and doctrine, gained through either operations, or as a design authority, or other relevant role
• You will have experience managing diverse stakeholder groups
• You will be experienced in the leading of teams
• You will hold a relevant Level 4 (or higher) Engineering/Science qualification or have equivalent relevant technical experience
• You will be capable of making convincing technical arguments, providing advice in your field, and leading the delivery of successful outcomes

It would benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Knowledge and experience of autonomous systems, or an aligned discipline such as Electronics, Sensors or Robotics
• Experience of introducing new technologies into service, including the required lines of development
• Professionally Registered with a relevant institution and be able to achieve IEng or CEng within 12 months of appointment

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

• Improve Engineering Capability (Supervised Practitioner)
• Technical Requirements, Evaluation & Acceptance (Practitioner)
• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our engineers are exemplars both within DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.


To view the ‘Little Book of Big Benefits’, please click here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV. Your application will go through several stages of assessment which are outlined below:

1. Pre-sift – We will check that you meet any essential or eligibility criteria that are listed in the responsibilities section of this advert.

2. Sift – Applicants’ CVs are assessed against the following categories, using a simple numerical scoring system:

• Key Achievements • Relevant Experience • Applied Knowledge and Skills
For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

3. Interview – Applicants will be assessed against the Sift categories listed above, as well as the technical competencies and behaviours listed in the responsibilities section of this advert. More details about our DE&S Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

How to Apply

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 11th April 2021 Click here to apply

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, Capability Development Manager, DE&S, Defence, engineering, and South West. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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