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8 Jan 2021

Full-Time DE&S Reliability 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).


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

Do you have experience working in a Reliability and Maintainability environment?

Would you find it exciting to work with military colleagues and industry on some of the most important and challenging work the UK Government is undertaking? If so, this could be the ideal opportunity for you.

A rare opportunity has arisen to join the Land Vehicle Demonstration and Manufacture project team as the project Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) Lead Engineer.


In this role you will be required to ensure the delivery of the R&M requirements for a complex Armoured Fighting Vehicle project.

As the R&M Lead you will be acting in the DES R&M intelligent customer role, this will involve:

• Managing the MoD aspects of the R&M Programme
• Working with industry and military organisations to deliver the R&M Programme
• Critically reviewing contractor deliverables
• Conducting independent R&M analysis
• Managing project R&M risk
• Chairperson for R&M Panels/Working Groups/Incident Sentencing Committees
• Reporting to relevant stakeholders

Please note: The role will be predominately based at Bristol Abbeywood, but will involve working at UK Contractor and Military locations with occasional EU and Worldwide travel may be required.

What you will be assessed against

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

• Relevant Level 6 (or higher) qualification or equivalent experience.
• Chartered/Incorporated Engineer or able to obtain within 12 months of employment
• Experience of providing technical and risk advice at a senior level and leading the delivery of successful engineering outcome in multidisciplinary projects
• Knowledge and experience of project R&M programmes, which may include:
– The application of the R&M case process
– Typical R&M analysis, modelling and processes applied during a project lifecycle
– The Reliability Centred Maintenance process
• Ability to critically review complex R&M related Plans and Reports

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

• Member of a relevant Professional Engineering/Science Institute or equivalent body
• Knowledge and experience of Reliability Growth/Qualification Testing, Data Recording and Corrective Action System (DRACAS) process (including incident sentencing), Maintainability Demonstrations, Health and Usage Monitoring Systems and Risk Management in the Land Environment.
• Experience of Defence projects and use of Defence Standards

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

• Improve Engineering Capacity
• Technical Risk Management

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

• Communicating and influencing
• 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

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.

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


Please find ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ 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.

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 our DE&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

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 24th January 2021 Follow link to apply Please click here to apply

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

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