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19 Oct 2020

Full-Time DE&S / SDA Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Practitioner

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

Job Description


£25,500 – £30,000 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

World class Defence Equipment requires world class maintenance and support to sustain its capability in the most challenging environments around the globe.

As an Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Practitioner you will be interested in a challenging and rewarding career to help shape the future development and implementation of innovative support solutions for some of the most complex, dynamic and cutting-edge technology used by the UK Armed Forces.

Working collaboratively with a range of other specialists you will utilise ILS methodologies to assist in the planning and delivery of technical support arrangements for military platforms or equipment.

This could range from designing a support solution from concept through to manufacture, to optimising support during its in-service phase to supporting the efficient disposal of equipment at its end of life. You will be working collaboratively, with designers in industry and the armed forces as end users, to provide the cost effective and technically cutting-edge support solutions required by the wide range of equipment used in defence.

This might cover in-the-field support robust enough for the Army’s Apache helicopters, or the state-of-the-art maintenance required by the RAF’s latest Lightning II aircraft or providing sophisticated support techniques needed for the RN’s recently announced Type 31 Frigate.


• Contributing to the definition and development of the platform/ equipment’s ILS plan and associated documentation using ILS methodologies.
• In liaison with colleagues develop, implement and optimise support solutions through the provision of relevant, timely and accurate support information, data and analysis.
• Assist colleagues set, manage and improve platform/ equipment availability, reliability and sustainability targets considering levels of failure, repair and engineering service requirements.
• Help define, manage and adjust Service contract arrangements.
• Provide specialist technical support, e.g. tools, test equipment, software, training, technical documentation and publications.
• Assist with the design and introduce platform/equipment updates and upgrades ensuring due diligence to all aspects of ILS.
• Provide specialist obsolescence support working with other specialists to manage platform/equipment obsolescence and ensure adherence to the platform/equipment Obsolescence Plan.
• Support the planning for platform/equipment end-of-service life.
• Identify and mitigate the management of Technical Through Life Support Risks.

Due to security requirements, some of the posts are reserved for Sole UK Nationals Only and some will require more in depth security checks (Developed Vetting).

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essentialcriteria:

• Experience of working in at least one of the following fields: ILS, engineering, supportability, or technical operations management
• Proven track record of delivering product support, equipment support solutions and/or optimisation of product performance
• Demonstrate knowledge of ILS methodologies and processes
• Ability to assist with the development of the ILS planning activities

It would benefit your application should be able to demonstrate the following desirablecriteria:

• Working towards membership of a professional body. Eg Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at Eng Tech or IEng level, or membership of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

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

• Manage support, supplier and customer networks
• Make evidence-based decisions

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

• Communicating and influencing
• 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

The Integrated Logistics (iLog) Function is the integrating Function for Support within DE&S, responsible for the development, management and delivery of in-service support for our front-line command customers. The iLog Function consists of around 2,900 personnel, both civil servants and military, and with a wide range of disciplines ranging from operations management and supply chain management, technical through-life support and logistics delivery, to modelling and analysis.

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

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 8th November 2020 Follow link to apply Please click here to apply

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, DE&S, Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) Practitioner, SDA, and South West. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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