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16 Mar 2021

Full-Time SDA Supply Chain Manager (Entry Level)

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

Job Description


£19,460 per annum (plus benefits).


The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence responsible for the procurement, in service support and disposal of the UK’s nuclear submarines. Our work is of unparalleled strategic importance nationally and internationally, ensuring the security of the UK’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent, and delivering the most technically complex programmes in Defence. We employ over 1500 people and have an annual spend of c. £3.5 billion.

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

You will be based out of the location listed above in the advert, however, the SDA supports Smarter working, which empowers you to make decisions about when, where and how you work.

Job description

SDA are working with two commercial partners, forming the Dreadnought Alliance. This alliance is bringing together the collective capabilities of the SDA, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce to ensure the Dreadnought Programme delivers four submarines, at an estimated whole life cost of £31 billion, with the first one ready for patrol in the early 2030s.

Are you a highly capable, credible individual with the ability to build positive and engaged relationships in a complex and ever-evolving logistics environment?

We have an exciting opportunity to begin a career in the Dreadnought Supply & Support Team (DSST) as an entry level Supply Chain Manager (SCM). If you have a strong interest or work experience in Logistics Governance / Policy, Project Management or Complex Projects, then this could be the ideal opportunity for you.

This entry level Supply Chain Manager role carries both responsibility and opportunity as you will be accountable for providing support to a critical build programme.

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to develop skills in roles primarily engaged in transactional activities, working under supervision in a fast paced environment.

You will ensure that a high-quality service is delivered, and this will be demonstrated through your ability to collaborate with others to deliver a positive outcome. Having a good eye for detail and dealing with the management of data will play a vital part in these posts.

DSST is responsible for delivering Government Furnished Assets (GFA), including equipment, information and resources, into the Dreadnought Design and Build Programme, and for managing the transition of Dreadnought into the Royal Navy. This includes establishing the through life support solution, ensuring training provision for Dreadnought’s maintainers and crew and establishing both the physical and information infrastructure to support Dreadnought in-service.

DSST is a 90-strong team based in Abbey Wood with outstations in Barrow, Connecticut and Washington D.C. and close working relationship with other parts of the SDA and wider MOD, the Dreadnought Alliance, US Government and UK and US industry.

The GFA Asset Management Team is responsible for the receipt and handover of GFA to the Dreadnought Programme and, being the DSST in yard presence, is the onsite presence for logistics collaboration and delivery issue resolution. The team is also accountable for all MOD supplied equipment verification activities prescribed by the wider MoD organisation.


Key activities will include:

• Interface with project stakeholders to understand delivery forecasting.
• Varying involvement in GFA activities relating to receipt, inventory verification and disposal with oversight of storage & maintenance activities.
• Process deliveries in a timely and accurate manner.
• Update and maintain item data records accurately to ensure process compliance and operational efficiency.
• Monitor delivery performance and track any outstanding issues until resolved.
• Support development of management information.
• Work with the team to implement strategy and processes associated with the Asset Management of GFA.
• Comply with appropriate policy and safety requirements at all times.
• Collaboration and interaction with multiple key stakeholders across the Dreadnought Programme.
• Escalate any complex issues to senior colleagues and suggest areas for improvement where necessary.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

• Educated to A Level standard or equivalent (i.e. ONC or BTEC Level 3) or have Supply Chain work experience
• Ability to work individually and as part of a team
• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word and Excel)
• Good customer focus and stakeholder engagement experience
• Demonstrable communication skills, both verbal and written

It would benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• A background of working within Supply Chain Management
• Experience of using a stock / purchasing system

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

• Customer service
• Making evidence based decisions
• Communicating and influencing
• Managing a quality service

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.


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 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

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

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 28th March 2021 Please click here to apply

Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Entry Level, SDA, and Supply Chain Manager. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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