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23 Apr 2021

Full-Time DE&S Quality Assurance Manager

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support West Bromwich, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£37,400 – £44,000

Job description

Are you a Quality Assurance (QA) Professional seeking an exciting and challenging role?

The Defence Quality Assurance Field Force (DQA-FF) is the primary organisation within MOD for the delivery of Government Quality Assurance Surveillance (GQAS) during all phases of defence capability acquisition.

GQA provides confidence to the Acquirer that contractual requirements related to quality are performed effectively. This is achieved through the deployment of subject matter experts who apply GQAS techniques within the defence supply chain throughout the project 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.

Our successful Quality Assurance engineer will be appointed as a Section Leader responsible for managing 7 Quality Engineers who are based out of offices at TA Centre West Bromwich and MOD Chilwell (note: location under review due to closure of Chilwell site planned for 2024).

Please note that due to the nature of the projects involved, this role is open to applications from sole UK Nationals only.


In this varied role, QA Engineers will conduct surveillance at suppliers throughout East and West Midlands. The work is interesting and provides the opportunity to develop your knowledge, as suppliers across domains will include:

– Air – aircraft production, and component manufacture and repair
– Land – vehicle production, maintenance and repair, and management of MOD supply chains and procurement; missile systems, including rocket motor production
– Submarines – including manufacture of critical parts (‘First Level’)

Experience of engineering quality assurance within an engineering environment particularly gained within the air vehicle, land vehicle, missile systems, submarine or component manufacture environment would be advantageous. Part of the role may include Flight Authorisation Certification duties in accordance with Def Stan 05-100 and Defence Condition 638.

The post will include duty travel within the UK with occasional overnight stays. Travel to and from suppliers within the section’s area of responsibility is also expected.

The MoD operates a QA Licencing scheme and applicants will be expected to work towards attaining a MOD QA licence within 2 years of joining.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• Level 4 qualification or higher, e.g. HND or can demonstrate suitable experience in a Quality Assurance environment.
• Applied knowledge of Quality Assurance within the engineering acquisition environment supported by expertise in multiple QA specialist areas including Configuration Management.
• Breadth of industry/manufacturing and Quality Assurance experience gained from involvement with multiple projects and domains including supply chain engagement.

It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Chartered Quality Professional (CQP), Quality Practitioner or has demonstrated equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Acquisition Assurance
• Quality Improvement
• 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.


To view the ‘Little Book of Big Benefits’, please click 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.

See our vetting charter.

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. Your application will go through several stages of assessment which are outlined below:

1. Pre-sift – We will check that you meet any essential or eligibility criteria that are listed in the responsibilities section of this advert.

2. Sift – Applicants’ CVs are assessed against the following categories, using a simple numerical scoring system:
• Key Achievements • Relevant Experience • Applied Knowledge and Skills
For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

3. Interview – Applicants will be assessed against the Sift categories listed above, as well as the technical competencies and behaviours listed in the responsibilities section of this advert. More details about our DE&S Behaviours.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

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.

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How to Apply

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: DE&S, engineering, MOD, nottingham, quality assurance, and West Bromwich. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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