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11 Nov 2020

Full-Time DE&S Quality Assurance Engineer

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

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£28,050 – £33,000 per annum (plus benefits)

Job description

We are seeking individuals with Quality Assurance experience to join the DE&S Engineering Quality Assurance Field Force.

We have an opportunity for a Government Quality Assurance Representative (GQAR) with The Defence Quality Assurance Field Force (DQA-FF).
Involvement in a variety of high profile and technically complex defence programmes make these roles both exciting and challenging.

You will have unrivalled opportunities to be involved in some of the most interesting and complex engineering projects being undertaken in the UK today.

DQA FF is the primary organisation within MOD for the delivery of Government Quality Assurance (GQA) surveillance during all phases of defence capability acquisition on behalf of delivery teams and overseas customers.

As our Quality Assurance Representative, you will provide engineering and quality assurance advice and guidance to support our acquisition and engineering managers. The roles available are extremely varied and involve working within small teams in the Field Force based at-or-near Defence supplier sites.

You will be part of a small team of MOD Licensed and Chartered Quality Professionals 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.

This is a varied role based in our Nottingham office and is responsible for conducting Quality Assurance Surveillance at a wide range of suppliers undertaking design, manufacture and maintenance in support of a wide range of defence contracts. This is a visiting role and as such there will be an opportunity to visit a wide variety of suppliers involved with equipment predominantly in the land and air domains. As well as general engineering and manufacturing.


As a Government Quality Assurance Representative (GQAR) for Nottingham your main responsibilities will include:

• Development of QA surveillance and assurance plans in response to supplier, supply chain and technical risk
• Conduct and management of the delivery of QA surveillance in support of risk management, supplier oversight/assurance, verification, validation and acceptance
• Providing expert advice and guidance to delivery teams concerning technical and supplier risk
• Supporting pre-contract award activities and providing specialist technical services (e.g. aircraft flight indemnity in support of Defence Condition 638)
• Implementing and contributing to MoD Quality Assurance policy for procurement
• Contributing to Quality investigations, root cause analysis, internal process performance improvement activities and supplier escalations/interventions

Please be advised that these roles may require periods of working in isolation and can be physically demanding with the potential for irregular hours.
They may involve periods of working at defence suppliers during equipment manufacture and involve working at heights or in confined spaces.

For these roles a broad range of engineering and QA experience would be beneficial as the area of operation for the post can be varied and across different domains. However there may be areas where experience in a domain specific context would be advantageous.

You will be able to demonstrate an ability to work with a high degree of autonomy, and be a motivated self-starter. There will be a requirement for short periods of detached duty in the UK which will involve overnight stays. DE&S Engineers work in a function management construct therefore deployments to other teams and locations may be required and so you must be a team player in a project environment.

What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Chartered Quality Professional or has demonstrated equivalent knowledge, skills and experience to achieve within 12 months
• Profession Registration such as EngTech, IEng (desirable) or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience in an engineering discipline
• Be qualified to HNC/NVQ Level 4 (or equivalent) in an Engineering or Science related discipline OR previous relevant work experience, ideally within Quality Assurance
• Breadth of industry/manufacturing and QA experience gained from involvement with multiple projects and domains including supply chain management
• Be expected to achieve a MoD Practitioner Licence within 5 Years of joining. Attainment of which will be supported by a structured learning programme

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Completed an approved IRCA Lead auditor 9001:2015 course.
• MOD Quality Practitioner Licence.
• Applied knowledge of QA within the acquisition environment.

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Technical Requirements, Evaluation and Acceptance
• Technical Risk 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 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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How to Apply

Follow link to apply Please click here to apply Closing date 22nd November 2020    

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: DE&S, Defence, Engineer, nottingham, and quality assurance. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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