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29 Mar 2021

Full-Time DE&S Weapons Engineer

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

Job Description

Job description

We at DE&S have two exciting roles for those fascinated by cutting edge weapons technology. If you want the chance to work first-hand with weapons systems with an organisation dedicated to supporting your career development, through to Chief Engineer, then we want to hear from you!

Reporting to a senior engineer, becoming part of our Air-to-Air Missile team, you will support the procurement and integration of air-launched missiles onto fast-jet aircraft and the Queen Elizabeth Carrier, as well as providing in-service support.

Working with us, you will play a key role in ensuring compliance with customer requirements, that the equipment is fit for purpose, allowing our armed forces to continue to operate in the most demanding environments.

Please be advised that, due to the nature of security, these roles are reserved for UK Nationals only.


You will manage the engineering technical requirements of the equipment, including design changes, integration, contract assessment and change management.

You will support the development and maintenance of system requirements, including input into Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) and in-service support. To do so you will need to draw upon your awareness of regulations.

You will support quality management and assurance processes and ensure technical risks are understood and escalated appropriately, contributing to necessary reports.

You will contribute and support the production of Engineering Management Plans.

Interfacing with industry as the intelligent customer, you will build relationships with stakeholders such as suppliers, Design Organisations, and platform Delivery Teams.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• Level 4 (or higher) qualification in an engineering subject, or equivalent relevant experience
• Experience with aircraft (defence or civilian) OR Weapons experience (Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives)

It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Armament experience

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Technical requirements, evaluation and acceptance
• Technical risk management
• Making effective decisions
• 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: Bristol, DE&S, engineering, MOD, and Weapons. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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