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3 Feb 2021

Full-Time DE&S Chief Engineer – Mine Hunting Capability (MHC)

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

Job Description


£64,600 – £76,000 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, submarines 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 deliver on operations at home and abroad, then apply online now!

Job description

Are you interested in working at the cutting-edge of technology, working towards making our waters safer?

The Mine Hunting Capability programme exists to replace the Royal Navy’s existing mine hunters with a range of new, autonomous mine hunting and mine sweeping systems to safely clear sea lanes of mines.
The systems’ innovative and modernised technology has the ability to locate and defeat modern sea mines, which can detect and target military ships passing overhead. The new remotely operated and autonomous mine countermeasures systems feature a wide range of advanced technology, enabling the systems to work together with the common goal of making the seas safer.

We have a high profile role for the Mine Hunting Capability project Chief Engineer, who will be the lead for all engineering, safety and environmental outputs for the various systems and capabilities being developed by the Mine Hunting Capability project, including: the Anglo-French Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) programme; mine sweeping capability; route survey capability; autonomous systems trials programme.

This is a defining role, offering the chance to work with and develop new technology, and the opportunity to influence the way that the Royal Navy carries out mine countermeasures and providing a step-change in the Royal Navy’s capability.


• You will be accountable for defining and delivering the Mine Hunting Capability engineering approach, including setting the strategic direction and the engineering decisions made in the development of the capability and transition to service

• Provide an independent perspective on innovation and technology risk in the delivery of the capability. Use appropriate engineering tools and assurance activities, and define and deliver the Mine Hunting Capability engineering management plan. Ensure that all legal and regulatory requirements are met, including Naval Authority requirements. Ensure that all engineering risks are managed and ensure sound engineering decision making

• Lead, manage and integrate multi-disciplined engineering and science teams; direct engineering resources to deliver outputs including new products and complex upgrades, utilising new and existing technologies, requiring multiple interfaces with customers and suppliers.

• Be responsible for testing and trials activity and planning of all systems engineering

• Be responsible for personnel development and maintenance of engineering standards within MHC

This is a Senior Safety Responsible post, and so you will be accountable for ensuring that Mine Hunting Capability systems and equipment is ‘safe to operate’ and environmentally sound. You will be the final signatory on all MHC Safety and Environmental Cases. This will include ensuring that Mine Hunting Capability systems are compliant with relevant legislation and MOD and DE&S safety and environmental policy.

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Level 6 (or Higher) qualification in an engineering subject, and registration with a relevant Professional Engineering Institute or equivalent body as an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer, or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge and experience to achieve this within 12 months.
• Experience of writing and/or authorising safety artefacts such as safety and environmental case reports, with experience of leading or conducting safety/risk assessments
• Experience in applying systems engineering approaches to the product acquisition life cycle, including requirements setting and management, together with undertaking engineering assurance activities.
• Experience of leading a multi-disciplinary team of engineering professionals to deliver complex systems in a highly regulated environment.
• A strong understanding of mine countermeasures systems and techniques, in particular the ethos and doctrine applied in the RN.

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Experience in influencing and consulting with stakeholders to support the delivery of systems, equipment, projects, portfolios or services within the Defence sector.
• Experience of working on or with Autonomous Technology.

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Technical decision making
• Technical risk management

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• Leadership
• Communicating and influencing

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.

Please click the link below to apply by creating an account and upload your details.


Please find ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ 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.

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 which clearly demonstrates the following areas (which you will be assessed against):
• Key Achievements
• Relevant Experience
• Applied Knowledge and Skills

For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

Firstly we’ll check that you meet the essential criteria that are listed for the role. If you do, we’ll then carry out a more detailed review of your CV to see if your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role(s).
If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an interview so you can meet us, discuss your Key Achievements, Relevant Experience and Applied knowledge & Skills. In addition to the above, you’ll also be assessed against a technical competence and the listed behaviours, aligned to 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 UKs
  • 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 14th February 2021 Follow link to apply Please click here to apply

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, Chief Engineer - Mine Hunting Capability (MHC), DE&S, and Defence. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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