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22 Feb 2021

Full-Time DE&S Complex Weapons and Processing Manager

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

Job Description


£25,500 per annum (plus benefits).


The role of the Production Manager is to lead a team undertaking planned and reactive maintenance, functional testing, diagnostics, repair and modifications to the Sea Viper complex weapon system. The role will play a key part in the integration and setting to work of a new production facility to support this project through the next stages of in service support.

It is the Defence Munitions mission to sustain the fighting power of the UK Armed forces world wide by providing a storage, processing and distribution service that meets the highest levels of professional excellence.

Job description

Are you looking for a challenging and interesting opportunity?

If so, DE&S has the perfect opportunity for you!

As the successful candidate you will be responsible for production tasks for the missile section, leading teams that carry out planned maintenance, functional testing, diagnostics, repair, and modification of weapons systems used in the Maritime environment. Delivered through implementation of through life management planning.

You will deliver high quality diagnostic work and manage any remedial work involving the tracing of faults or malfunctions of equipment, ensuring only the correct, authorised and serviceable equipment is used in support of in-service Weapons.

You will be required to identify engineering risks and issues which impact on the technical solutions ability to satisfy the customer and prime contractor needs and escalate where necessary. Provide technical advice to stakeholders and contractors to ensure equipment and service meets required standards to the customer, and to ensure facilities are safe, secure and correctly prepared, set up and compliant with current regulations.

You will be the production lead for the expansion and integration of an existing weapon system into a new facility, dealing with a number of stakeholders from different nations.

You will have to manage a number of adhoc tasks that will be placed upon you and your team by the Missile Manager such as the management of spares to support production needs.


Your main responsibilities are as follows:

• To promote and apply the principles laid down in the MOD (Ministry Of Defence) Single Skills Framework, the MOD Pay and Grading Manual and reflected in the New DM (Defence Munitions) Values to create a flexible motivated and committed team.

• To develop and maintain a mutually supportive team, within and across Business Stream/Functional boundaries, capable of delivery with emphasis on empowerment, communication, collaboration, co-operation and recognition.

• To take ownership of, and responsibility for, their team’s contribution to service delivery interpreting priorities and redirecting efforts when priorities change.

• To manage the team’s performance ensuring best value for DM.

• To make decisions which benefit DM and take full account of cross-Business Stream and Functional boundaries and issues.

• To adhere to standard processes when delivering services and product.

• To promote pro-activity and contribute to the continuous improvement of processes in conjunction with the Operations process owners.

• To maintain a safe working environment, ensuring that all statutory and mandatory MOD requirements in respect of Explosives Safety, General Safety, Health, Environment (SHE); Quality and Fire are adhered too.

• Lead a team ensuring individually and collectively they achieve their full potential. Ensure that staff management issues are dealt with promptly, HRMS is annotated accordingly, performance appraisal reports are completed in time and staff training and equal opportunity needs are met.

• You will manage recruitment and induction of new staff into your area of responsibility, maintaining a capacity and resource plan to meet supply and demand needs as well as expected service delivery levels.

• As the position matures you will have line management responsibility for up to 4 staff.

• Act within the prescribed limits stated in delegated authorities and must exercise appropriate regularity and propriety in all transactions.

• To cease section operations if there is any doubt over Health, Safety and Environment.

• To refuse any person/organisation working on the section if they fail to provide a relevant Certificate of Competency, Method Statement and Risk Assessment.

• Manage staff, monitoring performance, managing disciplinary matters as well as accounting for absence and leave. Daily activities include the allocation, control of workflow, production reporting and training.

Please note:

• You will be required on occasion to take on additional duties as directed by your Primary Delivery Manager (PDM) or Head of Establishment (HoE).

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• Level 3 qualification in a relevant technical discipline OR relevant experience of working within a defence environment.
• Experience of managing a team within a technical environment.
• Good understanding of complex weapons, general munitions and/or naval guns and relevant policies and procedures.

It would benefit your application should be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Appropriate knowledge of the principles of Safety legislation and regulations and the requirements of Safety Management Systems (SMS) for: Explosives Safety and General Safety, Health, Environment and Fire.

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:

• Stakeholder Management
• Making evidence-based decisions

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:

• Leadership
• Managing a quality service

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.

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

The Integrated Logistics (iLog) Function is the integrating Function for Support within DE&S, responsible for the development, management and delivery of in-service support for our front-line command customers. The iLog Function consists of around 2,900 personnel, both civil servants and military, and with a wide range of disciplines ranging from operations management and supply chain management, technical through-life support and logistics delivery, to modelling and analysis.

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 W/C 15/03/2021 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 7th March 2021 Please Click Here to Apply

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Complex Weapons and Processing Manager, DE&S, and Defence. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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