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9 Oct 2020

Full-Time DE&S IT Systems Designer

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

Job Description


£29,750 – £35,000 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

This Systems Designer role is within the Special Projects Information Systems and Networks (SPISN) in house Design Authority who are responsible for the solution design and design assurance for a medium sized on-premise IT system. The SPISN Delivery Team is an exciting, fast moving through-life delivery team responsible for the design, acquisition and support of the principal command and control C4IS of the Specialist User community.

The successful candidate’s daily duties will vary depending on skills and previous experience of the individual but may include the design of solution architectures, emerging technology research and converting user requirements into novel solutions. The Design Authority team is around 8 Civil Servants with additional contracted resource, SPISN as a team is around 50 people.


This role presents an opportunity to work on a fast paced and exiting project and engage directly with the user community.

You will be responsible for;

• Apply architectural designs, gathering valuable business insights and work collaboratively with senior colleagues to help shape solutions.
• Apply policy, procedures and standards to documentation and delivery system designs.
• Adopt continuous improvement principles, whilst applying policies and documenting changes.
• Grow technical knowledge to ensure IT solutions exploit the full advantages of the functionality available.
• Grow stakeholder network across the business to support the delivery of IT change.
• Grow knowledge of data handling, modelling techniques and security protocols to delivery more robust system designs.
• Research and study emerging technologies and the IT landscape for future designs.
• Identify risks and issues involved in implementing Systems Designs.
• Be an active part of the Architectural community, attend meetings and participate in working groups.

This position is reserved for SOLE UK Nationals Only.

What you will be assessed against

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

• 5 GCSEs at grade C or above and A Levels or equivalent (e.g. HND)
• Previous ICT skills or experience gained from work experience or through education in ICT
• Good communication in both verbal and written with and the ability to empathise and communicate with users of all abilities.

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

• ICT qualifications from a professional body (e.g. CompTIA)
• Experience of working within an ICT project, delivering on premise IT systems.
• Cyber Security Awareness
• Cloud – AWS or Azure experience / qualifications
• Good overall knowledge of MS Office applications, Windows Server and Linux

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

• Strategy, Architecture and Solution Design
• Development and Implementation

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

• Making effective decisions
• 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

Our mission is to both enable and drive DE&S towards its vision to become a world-class digital business. The IM&IT function employs professionals from information assurance and cyber security to management information and statisticians. We act as the ‘digital partner’ to DE&S, helping the whole organisation to embed new business processes, tools and technology.

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 ourDE&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

Open to UK nationals only.

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 25th October 2020 Follow link to apply Please click here to apply

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, DE&S, Defence, Designer, IT, IT Systems Designer, and South West. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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