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10 Aug 2020

DE&S Project Manager

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

Job Description


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

Based at RAF Coningsby, Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) have exciting opportunities for a Project Manager. Depending on your skill sets and our business needs, you could be involved in either the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight or the Typhoon Project.

As a Project Manager, you may lead or be part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the delivery of new equipment or a major upgrade to an existing system. This might see you managing the acceptance trials programme for a new aircraft, being accountable for the delivery of a new capabilities, or developing a strategy to rationalise the provision of upgrades across a range of platforms.
This could be the ideal career for you, allowing the chance for you to develop your skills and experience of leadership and delivering successful outcomes.

DE&S is the force behind the armed forces, and is a highly specialised part of the Ministry of Defence. From the procurement of clothes to carriers, food to fighter jets, we ensure our UK military customers – the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force – have the equipment and support they need to carry out their duties effectively.


Responsible for leading, managing and developing multidisciplinary teams covering a range of subject areas within associated semi-complex projects, multiple simple projects or complex control accounts.
• Accountable for the delivery of their projects’ outputs within the performance/cost/time envelope for a semi-complex project, multiple simple projects or complex control accounts.
• Responsible for ensuring the most cost-effective and efficient means of delivery, whilst mitigating risk and leveraging opportunities.
• Support an open, honest, no blame culture. Actively highlighting failures and shortfalls positively and drawing through Learning from Experience (LFE) into the project or control account, advising on mitigations and engaging with Order Book Item (OBI) owner to mitigate wider occurrence.
• Responsible for embedding and adhering to all governance and policy and enable the required compliance throughout their team, ensure appropriate challenge and gain approval to deviate when necessary.
• Regularly meet the customer to understanding the objective, requirements and the means of acceptance in line with the Ministry of Defence’s Operating Model and Defence Lines of Development.
• Deliver project requirements within the performance/cost/time envelope. Sustain and leverage value through the monitoring and management of contract performance against commitments (product and services) and meet our own obligations under the contract.
• Responsible for meeting budgets within all In-Year and longer-term accounting periods Equipment Plan Procurement, Equipment Support Plan and Operating Expenditure. Lead and ensure that the wider financial (and resource) profiles are driven from the activities in the project schedule and the Work Breakdown Structure.
• Lead the construction (through the Project Controls Function) of the Performance Measurement Baseline for the control account.
• Proactively support career management and the wider development of the Project Managers.

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essentialcriteria:

• Evidence of leadership and people management, or that of a multi-disciplinary team
• Evidence of project managing semi-complex projects or multiple simple projects

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

• Any of the following: APM PMQ/MSP or similar, relevant graduate qualification i.e. MSc (Project Management).

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

• Controlling a project
• Stakeholder management

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

• Making effective decisions
• Leadership

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

The Project Management Function provides a pipeline of project professionals to deliver our complex programme of work. The breadth of what our Project Managers do, means a career with us gives you a fantastic level of variety and a genuine ability to develop your project management career. From developing the nation’s future submarines to acquiring armoured vehicles, our work is at the forefront of fast-paced, cutting-edge project delivery.

Please click the link below to apply by creating an account and upload your details.


Please click here to find out more about ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’

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, 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 Tags: DE&S, Defence, east midlands, Lincoln, manager, Project, and project manager.

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