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23 Feb 2021

Full-Time DE&S Land Systems Engineer

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

Job Description

Job description

We at DE&S are seeking talented Land Systems Engineers to join us, and are offering opportunities to work across a breadth of projects from Remote Control Vehicles (RCV) to infantry fighting vehicles, to Challenger 2 Tanks!

As our Systems Engineer you will be critical to ensuring that the armed forces can operate in the most demanding environments, providing engineering support and working closely with our industry partners to keep our front line capabilities in-service across the globe.

Your engineering background and technical problem solving skills will aid our teams across the complete project lifecycle (Concept, Assessment, Demonstration, Manufacture, In-service and Disposal), where you will be responsible for providing technical guidance, safety advice and risk management.

Please note, that due to the nature of the projects involved, some of these roles may require UK Nationals.


You will provide technical leadership in your specialist area to solve complex problems with innovative solutions, supporting improved performance and enhanced capability. In some cases, you will be working across several platforms concurrently, prioritising outputs to complete milestones on time.

You will manage the delivery of all engineering aspects in your area of responsibility, some of which may include; failure investigation, technical documentation, obsolescence management, Post Design Services action and completing engineering reviews.

Your knowledge of procurement will aid you to support new acquisition/procurement with tasks such as requirements generation and capture, tender preparation, tender evaluation, engineering reviews, test and acceptance.

You will monitor and implement any governance and assurance policies and procedures to ensure the ‘safe & professional’ status of the area led.
You will interface with industry as our intelligent customer both in a scrutiny role and supporting the identification of application risks
You will produce Engineering Artefacts in order to support Business Case submissions and assurance reviews
As our Land Systems Engineer, you could be working on a variety of low to high value projects in teams such as:

Vehicle Support Team (VST) – supporting over 37000 in-service vehicles across 30+ different platforms from main battle tanks to lightweight patrol vehicles.

The Land Concept and Assessments (LCA) Team – managing requirements setting, engineering de-risking and capability evaluation elements of projects.

Soldier, Training and Special Projects (STSP) providing engineering support for a varied portfolio of mobility platforms and Remote Control Vehicles both In-service and new acquisition/procurement.

What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Demonstrable knowledge and experience of having worked with mechanical/automotive and/or electrical/electronic systems
• Wide ranging depth and breadth of technical experience in own specialism with knowledge and application of Systems Engineering approaches.
• Knowledge of engineering safety and ability to support production of safety artefacts.
• Experience of working with multiple stakeholders.

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• An understanding of Ordnance Munitions and Explosives (OME).
• Experience of Military Land Equipment’s
• Knowledge of procurement process

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.

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

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, DE&S, engineering, Land Systems, and MOD. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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