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12 Feb 2021

Full-Time SDA Engineering Programme Manager

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

Job Description


£28,050 – £33,000

Job description

We have four key engineering positions available within the Trident Systems Project Team (TSPT) to work on arguably some of the most high profile projects in the UK.
The TSPT are responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of through life support of the Trident Strategic Weapon System (SWS) and Strategic Weapons Support System (SWSS), including the procurement for the Dreadnought build programme, in support of the Continuous At Sea Deterrent (CASD).

You will be part of extremely capable teams enabling the delivery of specialist technical support requirements for the Strategic Weapon System on board submarines and associated shore support facilities.

Providing in-service engineering support for the Trident Missile/Guidance Sub-system of the Strategic Weapon System and Deep Main Project activities these roles will provide opportunities to develop your knowledge and experience in a collaborative programme and engineering management of one of the most significant and high profile capabilities in Defence.

As these are complex and multifaceted posts in a highly sensitive area, these roles are Reserved (Sole UK Nationals only), DV (Developed Vetting) and Sensitive. Applicants will start the post once they have undergone their DV security clearance.


These roles will involve regular liaison with multiple stakeholders where you will demonstrate your talent for communicating, influencing and working with others building strong, productive working relationships with the US Government and UK industry partners.

You will utilise your sound engineering judgement to manage key equipment within the Strategic Weapon Enterprise, responsible for the development and maintenance of weapon system requirements including in-service support.

You will participate in defect analysis, design change management, and weapon system test, commissioning and analysis activities.

You will determine quality management and assurance approaches and ensure technical risks are understood and managed.

It will be your responsibility to ensure all activities are carried out in accordance with the appropriate safety standards and that any safety or environmental impacts are kept As Low As is Reasonably Practical (ALARP).

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Level 4 qualification (or higher) in a relevant engineering or science subject e.g. Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering
• Experience working with complex weapons systems, either in-service management or development
• Experience of providing technical advice and delivery of successful engineering outcomes.
• Strong demonstrable verbal and written skills.

It would benefit your application should be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Professional registration with a relevant engineering institute
• Submarine experience
• Experience of the integration, delivery and support of a complex weapon system
• Safety management experience

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Stakeholder and Comms Management
• Technical Decision Making.

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• 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 & SDA – 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 & SDA 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’ here.

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

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 SDA, 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 our DE&S & SDA 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

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Bristol, engineering, manager, MOD, and SDA. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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