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14 Jan 2021

Full-Time DE&S Supply Chain – Inventory Manager

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

Job Description


£33,150 – £39,000 per annum (plus benefits).

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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

DE&S have an exciting opportunity to join the Merlin Delivery Team as a Senior Inventory Manager (SIM).

In this role, you will join the team that has several very high profile programmes in progress as well as significant in-service support requirements. The SIM role involves a full portfolio of demand and inventory management tasks to support in-service requirements for an aging airframe as well as providing support to the aircraft Mk3/4 upgrade programme and the new crowsnest capability programme.

Additionally, the SIM is a key role in the transformation of the Supply Chain Management (SCM) team from a reactive procurement space to a proactive one. There are daily management challenges in terms of prioritising the team’s workload to meet urgent tasks and preparing the team for the new processes and activity.

In early 2021, there will be opportunities to improve inventory optimisation as the closure of a large warehouse means large quantities of stock are moving to storage at Logistics Commodities and Services Transformation (LCST) – Donnington and effective disposition planning is to be undertaken with a new, improved relationship with the Defence Equipment Sales Agency (DESA).

The role will require occasional travel to the DE&S Head Office, based at Abbeywood, Filton near Bristol.


Strong communications skills are required as the role involves constant liaison with the prime contractor, front line customers and other delivery teams and previous management experience is essential with a team of seven to manage effectively to ensure maximum output.

The role is likely to include the following responsibilities –

• Engage with key stakeholders and agree required service levels within own area of responsibility.
• Develop Demand and Supply Plans to deliver the required levels of service and optimise inventory within their area of responsibility.
• Lead a team to deliver the required service levels, monitoring performance against plan, providing effective management and oversight, and taking corrective action as required.
• Lead a team on SCM-related projects, providing direction, guidance and effective corrective actions as appropriate.
• Ensure all SCM personnel within their area of responsibility understand the need for data accuracy and their accountability for delivering this.
• Contribute to Inventory Optimisation initiatives recognising the need to seek and deliver Continuous Improvement wherever possible.
• Make purchasing/repair/disposal decisions in accordance with their level of financial delegation.
• Monitor all aspects of SCM performance, identify opportunities for improvement and initiate corrective action where necessary.
• Lead, motivate and develop Supply Chain staff to build capability within the Function.
• Be accountable for all Material Accounting aspects of SCM within their area of responsibility.
• Be accountable for the application or development of SCM Policy and Processes.

What you will be assessed against

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

• Education to a relevant post-graduate qualification level or equivalent experience appropriate for an Subject Matter Expert (SME) within a range of Supply Chain Management disciplines
• Strong leadership and people management skills
• Proven ability to deliver continuous improvement
• Stakeholder management skills at all levels, internal and external

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

• Experience of data analysis to diagnose, improve and drive supplier performance, compliance and demand planning
• Experience of managing high value/complex contracted supply chain partnerships
• A strong background in asset accounting and inventory optimisation activities
• Military, Defence or Industry logistics experience

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

• Managing support, supplier and customer networks
• Making evidence-based decisions

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

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 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

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries
  • 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

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 24th January 2021 Follow link to apply Please click here to apply  

Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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