DE&S & SDA Defence Cost Estimator/Forecaster

Ministry of Defence

Closing date: 31 Dec 2018

Reference number

1611696

Salary

£30,000 - £43,000 pa. (plus benefits)

Grade

Other
Professional II

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

Defence Equipment & Support - Project Controls

Type of role

Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Hours

37 hours per week

Number of posts

24

Location

MOD Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol, BS34 8JH,
BAe Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 1AF
HMNB Devonport, Plymouth, PL2 2BG
Rolls Royce Derby, Moor Lane, Derby, DE24 8BJ
HMNB Portsmouth, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ
DIO Headquarters, Kingston Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B75 7RL
London: Main Building, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2HB

About the job

Job description

The force behind the armed forces, DE&S is a highly specialised part of the Ministry of Defence. From the procurement of clothes to carriers, food to fighter jets, we ensure our UK military customers – the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force – have the equipment and support they need to carry out their duties effectively. We employ over 12,000 talented civil servants, military personnel and private contractors across more than 150 locations around the world operating with a budget of £178 billion over the next 10 years.

The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), was formed in April 2017 and assumed status as an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence in April 2018 and will employ 1,200 highly qualified professionals. As a standalone entity within the MOD, the SDA has been created as a high-performing organisation, bringing together existing expertise with heightened managerial, commercial and procurement capability to ensure the excellence and cost-efficient delivery of the UK’s nuclear submarine assets for decades to come.

Vacancies are currently available across both organisations. If successful, you may be assigned to either DE&S or SDA depending on your skillsets and our business needs.

Project Controls is a key function within DE&S and plays a vital role in ensuring the success of projects by providing Estimating, Cost Control, Planning and Scheduling and Risk Management. What makes us unique is that we are involved in all phases of a project from the proposal through to completion, ensuring work is delivered on time and within budget.

This Cost Estimator role is responsible for cost estimating and modelling activities within a Project Controls environment and will lead, supervise and review the preparation and presentation of cost estimates and the development of cost and financial models. You will either manage and assure outputs for a portfolio of low value/complex projects, or act as the estimating or modelling lead for higher value/profile projects.

Day to day activities will be varied and will include data analysis; identifying cost trends and MI; scoping modelling requirements (developing, verifying and populating models) and assisting in the development of industrial insight at a strategic level to support portfolio management activities, business change initiatives and providing senior staff with intelligence and analysis to support decision making.

Some of these posts sit within the Cost Assurance and Analysis Service (CAAS). Applicants are advised that MOD is transforming certain parts of its organisation, and these positions, currently part of DE&S, will in future become part of MOD Head Office as the centre for Cost Management with a pan Defence remit. Candidates will remain as civil servants during and following these changes.

To be considered for these roles, you will need specific knowledge acquired by obtaining a technical / professional qualification (eg ACostE, APM PQ or ICEAA) and / or in-depth relevant work experience in a similar role. You will have a strong background in data analysis and relevant modelling and/or verification experience. Knowledge of estimating methodologies and experience in a similar cost estimating role is highly desirable.

Please note that you may be considered for similar positions at the lower level than advertised.

EMAIL YOUR CV TO DE&S@gattacaplc.com quoting the advert reference number

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Benefits

We’ve created an environment where you can look forward to coming to work and are empowered to be at your best. We offer flexibility in how you work that helps you do your job in a way that suits you, alongside opportunities to help you grow and progress throughout your career – and a choice of benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking 'The Little Book of Big Benefits' booklet PDF at bottom of this page.

Allowances

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

Things you need to know

Security

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

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Further to the Nationality Statement above, certain posts may have security limitations which could affect those who have restrictions placed upon their United Kingdom Security Vetting Clearance.

To apply and submit your application with your CV which demonstrates:

• Key achievements
• Career history
• Applied skills, knowledge and experience
• Qualifications

EMAIL YOUR CV TO DE&S@gattacaplc.com quoting the advert reference number

Please find attached a short form to include with your submission if you wish to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme.

Gattaca are the recruitment partner for DE&S and the SDA. Matchtech are a subsidiary of Gattaca.
By sending your CV to Gattaca you agree that Gattaca / Matchtech can use your details for the purposes of recruitment at DE&S and SDA only.

Next steps: We’ll review your CV to see if your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role. If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an interview so you can meet us and discuss your CV & career history and to ensure you demonstrate 'The DE&S Way' Behaviours (see link at bottom of advert).
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Eligibility

Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Kirsty Cobb - Recruitment Business Partner would welcome the opportunity to discuss the post with you at any point during the application process.

Please email kirsty.cobb@gattacaplc.com for further information.

Sift/interview dates and location

If you are invited for interview this will be CV based.

Interviews will take place at each location from 2nd January 2019

Further information

Please see the MOD Privacy Notice which describes how we will use your personal data, explains your rights and gives you information you are entitled to under Data Protection legislation.

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service on or after 5 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Please note that the advertised salary is payable for full time advertised hours, if you wish to work less than the advertised hours it will be on a pro rata basis. Starting pay may differ depending on qualifications, experience and specific role requirements (external candidates only). The Civil Service cannot offer a salary higher than the one advertised.

For internal candidates (DE&S / SDA only), if you are successful for a role at your current level, then your basic salary will not change. If you are currently at a level lower than the role advertised and found successful, then your salary will increase to the higher of 85% of the top of the advertised range or a 10% increase in your current base salary.

We don’t offer visa sponsorships for roles under the UK Government’s Right to Work scheme. Applications from Nationals from outside of the UK or the European Economic Area (EEA - https://www.gov.uk/eu-eea) who attend an interview are required to provide original documents proof of their existing entitlement to work in the UK in their own right (i.e. not sponsored by their current employer). Examples of documents can be found on the Right to Work (linked below).

All employees joining DE&S who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6 month probation period effective from the employment start date.

If you are successful at interview but not the appointed candidate, you will be placed on the reserve list for 12 months from date of interview. Please note that reserve lists may be split within a campaign by location required, Domain or niche position requirements. If you are offered a position from a reserve list, the terms and conditions that apply at point of offer will be applicable.

The following is only applicable to existing MOD and DE&S employees:
Some of the MOD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3rd February 2014. The TACOS changes will apply to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who are new recruits to the MOD or who are appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. Please consult the attached document ‘TACOS 2014 Guidance’ for more information.

Complaints
Please be aware that the selection and interviewing of applicants is the responsibility of the Recruiting Line Manager (RLM) and not the Defence Business Services (DBS) Resourcing team. DBS does not play any part in the selection and interview process itself.

Therefore, if you wish to discuss your feedback, or you are dissatisfied with your markings, you should in the first instance raise this with the Recruiting Line Manager of the vacancy.

If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received from DBS, or believe that DBS has failed to follow the recruitment process in line with the Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition, you can raise a formal complaint by writing to DBS at the following address:

Defence Business Services
Scanning Hub
PO Box 38
Cheadle Hulme
SK8 7NU

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