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17 Nov 2020

Full-Time DE&S Senior 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). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

Would you love the opportunity to work on some of the UK’s leading Defence Technical Projects and Programmes, supporting our Armed Forces in current and future operations?

Are you fascinated by cutting-edge technology and excited by the chance to work first-hand with armoured vehicles, rocket launch systems, laser technology, fire control systems, targeting software, rifles and pistols?

DE&S are looking for a number of Senior Engineers to join their team in the Land Domain.

There are exciting opportunities for Chief and Lead Engineers within the Land Equipment Operating Centre. Roles are available in the following Teams:

Artillery Systems; This team is responsible for the procurement and support of mobile artillery and multi-launch rocket systems, man-portable radar systems, battlefield information systems and field guns.

Soldier Training and Special Programmes; This team is responsible for the procurement and support of soldier carried equipment, training systems and specialist remote control vehicles for ordnance, munitions and explosives activity.

Vehicle Demonstration and Manufacture; This team is responsible for getting two large and complex armoured vehicle programmes into the hands of the user. AJAX will provide a step-change in versatility and agility, whilst the Warrior upgrade programme will hugely enhance its performance.

Vehicle Support; This team is responsible for providing support to vehicles and equipment currently in-service, including Foxhound, Landrovers, Challenger 2 and the Cougar fleet.

There is also a position available in the Weapons Operating Centre (WOC). This WOC is responsible for the supply of new weapon systems, in-service support of existing weapon systems and management of the UK’s stockpile of munitions, providing expert advice on ordnance and explosives, and delivering a range of pan-Defence Test & Evaluation services. The key role is within the Complex Weapons area of the WOC and will provide engineering expertise and management across a range of projects, including the development and adoption of new technologies and approaches.


As a successful Senior Engineer, you will be able to demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding with experience of setting strategy, applying standards, working within regulatory constraints, developing policy, processes, procedures and tools and communicating their intent.

You will lead the delivery of the engineering aspects of any single significant delivery area and demonstrate the necessary experience to undertake the following typical key responsibilities:

• Lead, manage and integrate multi-disciplined engineering or science teams; directing engineering resources to deliver packages of work or services to quality, time and cost.
• Ensure technical risks and opportunities are captured and actively managed
• Provide recommendations for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of processes to the Function Manager.
• Represent the engineering function at project and operating centre level
• Ability to manage budgets.
• Hold safety delegation.
• Stakeholder management at all levels.
• Conduct engineering planning, management, review and maturity assessment activities.
• Ensure solutions are clearly defined, integrated, configured, controlled and delivered, including resolution of conflicts and integration issues.

Additionally, you will be able to demonstrate the skills to apply Systems Thinking in a major delivery area and the application of quality management and assurance in defence supply chains. You will be able to confidently display skills and experience of working within a complex system or process to meet customer requirements within realistic constraints, whilst having the ability to identify and rationalise interdependencies between multiple issues in complex delivery environments.

Please note that due to the nature of the projects involved, some of these roles may be reserved for SOLE UK NATIONALS only.

What you will be assessed against

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

• Level 6 (or higher) qualification in a relevant engineering discipline or the equivalent working experience
• Experience of providing technical advice at a senior level and leading the delivery of successful engineering outcomes in multidisciplinary projects.
• Wide ranging depth and breadth of technical experience with knowledge and application of Systems Engineering approaches.
• Chartered or Incorporated Engineer or ability to achieve it within 12 months of appointment

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

• Explosive Ordnance Disposal
• Weapons, Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives experience
• Automotive experience
• Software experience

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

• Technical Decision Making
• Technical Risk Management

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

• 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 or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

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’ attached or 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.
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

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, DE&S, Engineer, MOD, and senior. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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