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12 Feb 2021

Full-Time DE&S Lead Quality Assurance Engineer

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

Job Description


£47,600 – £56,000, per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

Are you a Quality Assurance Professional seeking an exciting and challenging role? If so we have an opportunity within DE&S for a Lead Quality Assurance Engineer in the Vehicle Support Team, within the Service Management Function.

This exciting opportunity offers the chance to support in-service armoured fighting vehicles, wheeled patrol vehicles, logistics vehicles, white fleet and many more. The Vehicle Support Team runs a portfolio of high value and/or complex service delivery contracts, and leads the early engagement with setting quality contract conditions, approvals, and scrutiny for contract extensions or replacement contracts. This work brings it into wider contact with almost all Land Equipment Operating Centre activity, suppliers, and other MOD organisations.

The QA team provides Technical Assurance for contractor-delivered services and products, ensuring that vehicles remain supportable and available to the frontline user. The role provides confidence to the acquirer that contractual requirements related to quality are being performed effectively; this is achieved through deployment of subject matter experts within the defence supply chain throughout the life cycle. These techniques are applied at management system, process or product level, and are based on an assessment of the supplier’s capability and performance.


You will lead and manage the QA team within the Vehicle Support Team (comprising four individuals stationed at two locations) and will support the upskilling of existing and new staff, as part of their continuing professional development. You will also engage with the Defence Quality Field Force, whose purpose is to assist customers with assurance that suppliers satisfy contractual quality requirements and improve confidence in suppliers’ ability to deliver a quality product.

You will contribute to the development and delivery of engineering services. In order to establish demand priorities and commitment of resources, you will be responsible for stakeholder engagement with a range of customers and will travel within the UK as required. You will be accountable for the assurance of delivery team compliance with mandated requirements for quality and JSP940, which details the quality policy that shall be applied across MOD organisations for the assurance of acquisition, engineering and logistics support in delivery of defence capability.

You will be responsible for managing and integrating multi-function QA delivery teams, directing resources to deliver packages of work/services, including complex upgrades, utilising new and existing technologies and interfacing with multiple stakeholders. You will deploy the QA acquisition framework within a major project or service, producing the QA Plan and specifying the Quality requirements within the Through Life Management Plan

You will ensure solutions are clearly defined, integrated, configured, controlled and delivered, including resolution of conflicts and integration issues. You will interpret QA and wider engineering policy and management information, to provide relevant business insights to the senior leadership team, helping to shape Portfolio QA Strategy and Policy, and the development and delivery of Government Quality Assurance Surveillance.

What you will be assessed against

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

• You will be a Chartered Quality Professional or will demonstrate the equivalent knowledge, skills and experience to achieve this within 12 months
• You will hold IEng status (CEng preferred) or will demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and experience to achieve this within 12 months
• You will have a breadth of industry/manufacturing and QA experience gained from involvement with multiple projects, including supply chain management
• You will have proficient and demonstrable experience in staff management
• You will have applied knowledge of QA from within an acquisition environment
It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Completed an approved LRQA Lead auditor 9001:2015 course
• Holds MOD Quality Practitioner License

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

• Acquisition Governance
• Acquisition Assurance

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 or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

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.

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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Assurance, Bristol, DE&S, Defence, Engineer, Lead, and quality. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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