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14 Dec 2020

Full-Time DE&S Reliability Engineer

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

Job Description


£37,400 – £44,000 per annum (plus benefits).

Number of posts 



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 a team of professional Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the field of Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) and Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) working within the Support Engineering Team, which is part of the Support Directorate. 


In this role you will be required to assist, Delivery Teams or Front Line Commands (FLCs) and Industry in the deployment and execution of all aspects of the R&M discipline working with them to ensure appropriate account is taken of R&M in equipment acquisition and support.

Additionally you will be required to lead on developing and effecting continuous improvement of the R&M and other related processes (with associated procedure and guidance) for the effective and efficient operation of the Defence Support (DS) and for integration into the overall framework for DS processes across the front-line, DE&S and industry spectrum.

There will also be opportunities to collaborate with allies, industry and academia in order to fulfil the UK’s obligations and undertakings for international or other collaborative endeavours, especially within the area of advancing International Standards for R&M and broader Supportability disciplines and functions.

Please note: The role will be predominately based at Bristol Abbeywood, but 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:
• A minimum of a Level 4 qualification (HNC, CertHE, etc.) in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience.
• Evidence of managing and influencing a variety of stakeholders (such as senior leaders, decision makers or communities) to:
– Accept advice on and implement solutions to Reliability and Maintainability activities on a system; equipment; project or portfolio
– Develop, implement and maintain policy and processes to enable effective safety, quality or function management outputs.

• Evidence of stakeholder management and communication skills, able to interface with industry and help DE&S and industry understand technical risks.

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Registration with a relevant Professional Engineering / Science Institute or equivalent body as an Engineering Technician or Incorporated Engineer or has demonstrated equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
• Knowledge of modern management/engineering of business processes
• Able to prioritise, multitask and take command of situations with confidence

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Improve Engineering Capability
• Application of Analytical Techniques

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 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 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

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 3rd 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: 20,000 - 40,000.

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