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20 Jan 2021

Full-Time DE&S Quality Assurance Engineer

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

Job Description

Salary £38,250 – £45,000 per annum (plus benefits)

We are seeking a Quality Assurance Engineer to join DE&S, within the Weapons Operating Centre (WOC), at Abbey Wood, Bristol. Involvement in a variety of high profile and technically complex defence programmes make this role both exciting and challenging.

The WOC is responsible for the delivery and in-service support of munitions and weapon systems used by the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force (including receipt, storage, issue and maintenance at UK MOD depots), as well as the provision of Test & Evaluation services for a wide range of military equipment, not just weapons

As a DE&S engineer, you will provide engineering leadership and subject matter expert advice and guidance to support acquisition and engineering managers. You will be involved in some of the most interesting and complex engineering projects in the UK. This will require regular interaction with both internal and external parties and advising a wide stakeholder community on all aspects of Quality Assurance, including setting strategy, identifying risk and working with suppliers to mitigate the impact of risk to equipment performance.

Please note that whilst this role is based in Abbey Wood, Bristol, there is some flexibility in the current climate for remote working, with travel into Abbey Wood as required.

Due to security requirements, this post is open to sole UK nationals only.


Quality Assurance Engineers at Professional II level in DE&S will understand the engineering process used in complex acquisitions, have an ability to communicate at all levels with internal and external customers and suppliers as well as be able to influence engineering decision making through provision of QA advice and guidance. You may take leadership of small teams of engineers.

Within this post, you will influence engineering and project management decision-making through the provision of QA advice. You will be involved in a variety of high profile and technically complex defence programmes, making these roles both exciting and challenging.

Responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited, to following:
• Providing advice, guidance and support to teams on the application of quality policy
• Deliver the WOC (Weapons Operating Centre) Quality Strategy
• Maintain WOC processes as key resource for Delivery Team, in support of capability delivery
• Support continual improvement of WOC policy and processes through the WOC Quality Management System (QMS) and implementation of ISO 9001
• Promote the identification of Learning From Experience via the QMS
• Quality planning for team and supplier deliverables
• Identifying quality requirements within contracts
• Identifying and managing quality related risks

What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Holds a minimum of Level 4 (e.g. HNC) qualification in an Engineering or Science related discipline OR equivalent relevant work experience
• Has experience working within a regulated engineering environment (e.g. nuclear, aerospace, defence, etc.)
• Experience of working to ISO 9001

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Has completed Lloyds Register Internal QMS Auditor training

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Acquisition Assurance
• Quality Improvement

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving

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 Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Assurance, engineering, Ministry of Defence, and quality. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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