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22 Feb 2021

Full-Time DE&S Safety and Environmental Consultants

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Job Description


£43,350 – £51,000

Job description

At Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), we’re excited to be building a new team of safety and environmental consultants at our Glasgow site.

Join this new and expanding team and play a vital role in ensuring the equipment used by the UK’s Armed Forces is safe and offers the best possible protection, while minimising environmental impact.

Become a go-to expert, contributing vital expertise and managing safety or environmental risks across a wide breadth of high-profile projects and equipment, from combat aircraft and armoured vehicles to submarines and aircraft carriers.

Influence safety and environmental decisions across the full lifecycle, from the design and build of equipment, to the through-life support and safe decommissioning of the equipment used on the frontline.

As a technical expert in your field, you’ll become part of our wider Internal Technical Support (ITS) team, a group of in-house technical experts responsible for providing consultancy services to any procurement project across the Ministry of Defence.

Throughout your career, you’ll play a key role in identifying and communicating best practice, promoting skills development, standardising process and increasing knowledge transfer throughout the Ministry of Defence.

Please note that due to the nature of some projects, some of these roles may require Sole UK Nationals.


  • Working on complex products, systems and services, you will scope fixed-price technical consultancy tasks to meet your customers’ needs, ensuring they are delivered to cost, time and customer satisfaction
    • You will negotiate and deliver against a commitment to carry out accurately-costed tasks
    • You will develop safety or environmental artefacts/ evidence that will be used in the assessment of environmental/safety risk and consider the implications of changes to equipment design, offering mitigation advice in the process
    • You will develop and implement environmental/safety management systems for products, services or systems, as either part of design or in-service support
    • You will act as an independent subject practitioner to support our delivery teams and industry partners with best practice, legislative & regulatory compliance, and mitigation techniques, consistently encouraging continuous improvement at all levels
    • You will utilise your exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills to offer all of the above services across multiple areas such as Maritime, Land, Weapons, Air, and Submarines, ensuring that your solutions are understood and appropriately executed

    What you will be assessed against
    To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essentialcriteria:
    • Demonstrable and relevant consultancy experience as a safety or environmental advisor/auditor, with the ability to scope and deliver high-quality outputs within pre-defined timescales and to budget against developed programmes of work
    • Demonstrable experience of using a range of environmental/safety tools and techniques, to provide advice and guidance on complex projects
    • A Level 5 (or higher) qualification in an engineering or scientific subject or equivalent experience in industry
    • Experience of developing and writing safety/ environmental artefacts in support of compelling safety/environmental bodies of evidence

    It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirablecriteria:
    • Professional registration with a relevant institution. For example, Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) or International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)

    If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
    • Application of Analytical Techniques
    • Technical Risk Management

    If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
    • Leadership
    • Managing a quality service

    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. 

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 Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • 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

Please click here to apply

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: DE&S, engineering, Environmental, MOD, and Safety. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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