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19 Apr 2021

Full-Time SDA Obsolescence Manager

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Barrow-in-Furness, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£37,400 – £44,000

Job description

Here at the Dreadnought Alliance, we have the aim of delivering four nuclear deterrent submarines to replace the Royal Navy’s current Vanguard Class boats. HMS Dreadnought will undertake its first patrol in the early 2030s, with the other three submarines delivered in subsequent short order. The Dreadnought Class design is nearing completion and construction has been underway for several years, but there are still some areas of the design that require significant MOD input as an intelligent customer. In the coming years, the submarines will undergo a rigorous Test & Commissioning programme before handover to the Royal Navy, and all design issues must be successfully addressed during that period, and you could have the chance to support this important programme.

We are looking for an Obsolescence Manager who will agree the strategy with our customers and implement across the industry partners through associated design or build contracts. This is a challenging and rewarding role, with exceptional opportunities to develop your engineering knowledge and skills, and you could have a substantial contribution on an extremely exciting and high profile programme.

Over the course of the next 12 months the project (under your guidance) will review the current strategy, approach and processes to ensure the team is best placed to address the challenges of obsolescence in the submarine, military and complex technological domains.

Please note that due the security requirements of the role, this position is restricted to Sole UK nationals only.


Your responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:

• Manage the delivery of all obsolescence aspects in relation to the Dreadnought Project
• Manage the technical requirements and contractual obligations of the Whole Boat Technical Authority
• Decision making responsibility for resolution of platform and secondary systems obsolescence risks and issues
• Oversight and key stakeholder for other Major System Technical Authority approach to obsolescence
• Provide expert advice and guidance for the design/manufacture phase obsolescence activities
• Set and implement obsolescence strategy for Dreadnought SSBN

Please note that your team will be based at the BAES shipyard, Barrow, and you will be required to occasionally travel to other sites around the UK. At the SDA, we exercise SMART working and you can base yourself in either Barrow or Bristol, and will be required at BAES, Barrow on occasion.

This role, if based at Barrow offers successful applicants the following for relocation:
External Applicants: First Appointment Expenses up to a limit of £8,000
Internal Applicants: Internal candidates will be eligible for full relocation expenses.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• Chartered or Incorporated Engineer or has demonstrated equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
• Relevant Level 4 (or higher) qualification or equivalent relevant experience
• Experience of managing obsolescence in complex projects and/or systems of systems
• Knowledge of JSP 886 and/or IEC 62404

It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Experience of submarine and/or maritime projects and associated design drivers and constraints

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Application of analytical techniques – Practitioner
• Technical decision making – Practitioner
• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving

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

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

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

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