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23 Oct 2020

Full-Time DE&S Vehicle In-Service Support Engineer

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

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£37,400 – £44,000

Job description

Are you passionate about the British Army with a good moral compass and a drive to protect people?

If you have the above attributes combined with in-service support experience, ideally having worked with tracked armoured fighting vehicles, then this could be the ideal opportunity for you.

DE&S are looking for a talented Vehicle In-Service Support Engineer to join their team. This exciting opportunity offers the chance to work in the Vehicle Support Team (VST), supporting the transition into service of AJAX, one of the UK’s leading armoured fighting vehicles. The team must ensure AJAX is fit for purpose and can be supported and used safely at the extremes of its capability in an ever-hostile environment.

As part of this vital role, you will be expected to lead from the forefront, supporting the transition from Vehicle Demonstration & Manufacture, to VST. You will ensure equipment is fit for purpose, supportable, and be the Subject Matter Expert (SME) within VST for AJAX advising and reviewing on technical issues, supportability and safety.

Please note that this post is reserved for Sole UK Nationals only, due to the nature of the projects involved.


As our Vehicle In-Service Support Engineer, you will need a good all rounded engineering background with significant experience in managing safety, safety artefacts, technical publications and In-service Support tools (e.g. JAMES). You will be expected to lead and advise on technical problem solving, coupled with appropriate management planning abilities to resolve complex engineering problems. You will need to lead and inspire a team in the definition of technical requirements, manage solution development and ensure compliance with the customers’ requirements. The assignments are an integral interface to our supply base ensuring technical solutions meet the needs and requirements of the armed forces.

Using your engineering proficiency, you will lead delivery of engineering expertise. You may be required to provide detailed systems engineering support or manage technical risk. Elements of the assignment could see you leading system engineering, evaluation, performance verification and demonstrations related to your technical area; keeping abreast of developments and developing options, and opportunities for application within the business. The role may encompass planning, performance reporting, managing the development of business processes and the development of our people.

You will be responsible to use and grow your skills and subject matter knowledge to help DE&S ensure that the Armed Forces are capable of operating in the most demanding environments. Adopting to new ways of working, demonstrating diverse and flexible approaches to challenges, working in collaborative situations and maintaining a right first-time approach to solution implementation.

What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Hold a minimum Level 4 qualification (e.g. HNC) in a relevant Engineering or Science subject or be able to demonstrate the equivalent work experience.
• Have demonstrable experience of developing and maintaining Safety Cases and Hazard Logs, production of Safety Case Reports and Assessments.
• Significant experience working in an In-Service Support role.
• Demonstrable experience of strong communication and stakeholder management skills across multiple levels.

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Experience working with Tracked Vehicles
• Experience with IETPs (Electronic Technical Publications)
• Experience with JAMES Asset Management System

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Technical Decision Making
• Techncial Risk Management

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• Changing and improving
• Working together

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.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, engineering, Filton, and Vehicle In-Service. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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