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29 Jun 2020

Full-Time DE&S Estimator

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

Job Description


£36,550 – £43,000 per annum (plus benefits)

About the job


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, deliver on operations at home and abroad, then apply online now!

Job description

We have a fantastic opportunity to work as a Principal Estimator as part of the Wildcat Delivery Team.

The Wildcat Delivery Team who are part of the Helicopters Operating Centre based at the Leonardo Helicopter site in Yeovil, have an exciting opportunity for a Project Controls Cost Estimator to join their team in keeping the Royal Navy and Army Wildcat Helicopters flying; supporting the various Order Book Items – In Service Support, Capability Insertion, Pricing Period 3, HUMS, FASGW sections with the equipment they need to achieve their operations. If you have the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of Defence, then this could be the ideal career for you. The Wildcat Team are responsible for the delivery of complex work packages cutting across the delivery space and you’ll be responsible for cost estimating a range of requirements in support of this platform.

As a Principal Estimator, you will be responsible for contributing to or managing delivery of cost estimates and ensuring all appropriate cost scope is captured, represented, controlled and maintained; you will work with suppliers and stakeholders to integrate relevant information such as schedules and risks; you will be responsible for providing estimating guidance to delivery teams and ensuring cost estimate outputs are interpreted correctly and communicated with key stakeholders to drive investment decisions.


You will:

– Have experience of estimating in a project-delivery environment.
– Have knowledge of wider Project Controls.
– Have demonstrable experience of managing Estimating or Project Controls teams.
– Be confident in working with suppliers and stakeholders
– Be able to simplify and articulate complex estimate data to a range of stakeholders.

In person, you will possess good interpersonal, communication and relationship building skills with experience of working collaboratively with teams, across functions and with all levels of the delivery teams.

These posts represent a real opportunity to be involved with the continual development of best practice within DE&S and SDA Project Controls environment.

These roles would suit Estimators with a proven track record either in supplier, consultant or client-side roles; ideally with a background in delivery projects through the stages of design, procurement, manufacture, and in-service.

A background in the defence sector is not a prerequisite as we welcome applicants from a broad spectrum of industries and sectors.

To be considered you will possess the following:

– Significant experience of cost estimating in a project and programme environment
– Significant experience in Excel spreadsheet and risk analysis software
– Strong data analysis skill set
– Understanding of Cost Control / Planning & Scheduling and the integration with estimating
– Understanding of the principles and methods of Project Risk Management
– Understanding of a Basis of Estimate (BoE) and Quality Assurance (QA) processes
– Understanding of the principles of Earned Value Management (APM EVM)
– Proven team management and development skills

It is desirable that you have attained full membership of APM (or equivalent) and/or ICEAA or ACostE (or equivalent) to underpin your Estimating experience.

Due to security requirements you will be required to obtain security clearance (SC).

Please note that you may be considered for similar positions at the level below the advertised role.

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, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with plenty of 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 or by reading more about our Employee Benefits.

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service on or after 5 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About DE&S/SDA and your team

The force behind the armed forces, DE&S is a highly specialised, branch of the MoD, operating with a budget of £178 billion over the next 10 years. From the procurement of aircraft carriers to the provision of food, we ensure our armed forces have the equipment and support they need to achieve their operations. We employ over 12,000 people across more than 150 locations around the world.

The Project Controls Function is responsible for providing the right information, at the right time, to support better-informed decisions. Driving accountability, responsibility and efficiency across DE&S, our Project Controls teams are involved in all phases of every project helping to predict and oversee the time and cost management of these projects. From Estimating, Risk Management and Cost Control, to Planning and Scheduling and Project Controls Management, our people are crucial to the successful delivery of our work.


Please find ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ attached or 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.

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
• Career History
• Applied Skills, Knowledge & Experience

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 then we’ll carry out a more detailed review of your CV to see if your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role. If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an interview so you can meet us, discuss your CV and your career history. We’ll also check that you demonstrate the motivations and behaviours aligned to our DE&S Behaviours.

Gattaca are the recruitment partner for DE&S and the SDA. Matchtech are a subsidiary of Gattaca. By sending your CV to Gattaca you agree that Gattaca / Matchtech can use your details for the purposes of recruitment at DE&S and SDA only.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: DE&S, Estimator, Public Sector, and Somerset. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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