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19 Apr 2021

Full-Time DE&S / SDA Quality Engineer

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

Job Description


£28,050 – £33,000

Job description

We are seeking individuals with Quality Assurance experience to join the DE&S Engineering Quality Assurance teams and we are specifically looking for people who wish to work in the highly regulated environments of Air and Submarines.

As our project Quality Assurance Engineer, you will provide engineering and quality assurance advice and guidance to support our acquisition and engineering managers. You will have unrivalled opportunities to be involved in some of the most interesting and complex engineering projects being undertaken in the UK today!

You will be part of a small team of MOD Licensed and Chartered Quality Professionals whose purpose is to assist customers with assurance that suppliers satisfy contractual quality requirements and improve confidence in suppliers’ ability to deliver a quality product. These roles are extremely varied and we’re seeking dynamic and enthusiastic people to join us.

Applicants should be aware that one of these roles will be part-time only- 15 hours per week. Specific days and hours can be negotiated with the team upon successful appointment. Annual salary will therefore be pro rata.


As a Project Quality Assurance Engineer, your main responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

• Conducting QA planning appropriate for the acquisition activities being conducted;
• Inputting to the project risk identification and assessment process;
• Ensuring that contract related risks are considered during the Contract Requisition process and that appropriate QA Standards and Requirements are included in the contracts;
• Accepting or rejecting and managing Deliverable Quality Plans and co-ordinating and monitoring all projects related quality assurance activities, including measurement of contract quality performance;
• Advising Project Managers and relevant people on the requirements for Counterfeit Avoidance and the inclusion of Def Stan 05-135: Avoidance of Counterfeit Materiel in the contract, as necessary;
• Ensuring adherence to a controlled process to manage supplier concession applications and ensure that corrective and preventive actions are completed in a timely manner.

For these roles a broad range of engineering and QA experience would be beneficial. However, Air or Maritime specific experience would be advantageous.

You will be able to demonstrate an ability to work with a high degree of autonomy, and be a motivated self-starter. There may be a requirement for short periods of detached duty in the UK which will involve overnight stays. DE&S Engineers work in a function management construct therefore deployments to other teams and locations may be required and so you must be a team player in a project environment.

For those candidates joining the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), travel may also be required to other SDA sites.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• Professional Registration at IEng or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience in an engineering discipline.
• Be qualified to HNC/NVQ Level 4 (or equivalent) in an Engineering or Science related discipline OR previous relevant work experience within Quality Assurance.
• Breadth of Quality Assurance experience gained from involvement with multiple projects that include supply chain management.
• Ability and willingness to achieve a MoD Practitioner Licence within 5 years of joining. Attainment of which will be supported by a structured learning programme.

It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Chartered Quality Professional or has demonstrated equivalent knowledge, skills and experience to achieve within 12 months.
• Completed an approved IRCA Lead auditor 9001:2015 course.
• Applied knowledge of QA within the acquisition environment.

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• MQ3.1 Acquisition Governance (Practitioner)
• MQ4.1 Acquisition Assurance (Practitioner)
• 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.

How to Apply

Please click here to apply. 

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Abbey Wood, Bristol, DE&S, engineering, MOD, quality, and SDA. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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