DE&S Supply Chain Manager

Ministry of Defence

Closing date: 28 Apr 2019

Reference number



£40,000 - £49,500 pa. (plus benefits)


Professional I

Contract type


Business area

Defence Equipment & Support - iLog

Type of role


Working pattern

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


37 hours per week

Number of posts



MOD Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol, BS34 8JH

About the job

Job description

The force behind the armed forces, DE&S is a highly specialised, arms-length body of the Ministry of Defence, operating with a budget of £178 billion over the next 10 years. From the procurement of fighter jets and aircraft carriers to the provision of food and clothes, we ensure the armed forces have the equipment and support they need to carry out their operations at home and abroad. We employ over 11,000 talented Civil Servants and military personnel (supported by contractors from the private sector) across more than 150 locations around the world.

Our Integrated Logistics (iLog) function is responsible for the development, management and delivery of new and/or in-service support. The iLog function has professionals whose expertise includes: Operations Management; Integrated Logistic Support (ILS), Supply Chain Management; Transport/Movement; Storekeeping/Warehouse Operations.

Supply Chain Management within DE&S is a complex and multi –faceted profession; as a senior manager within this specialization, you will be given a wide range of critical responsibilities and priorities that include:

As a Supply Chain Manager professional you will be accountable for the development, monitoring, assurance and governance of effective support delivery to our customers through policy compliant Logistics Information Systems. Given our broad and fast-paced environment, you will be quickly identifying sub-optimal performance within our supply chains to provide direction and guidance that delivers continuous improvement allowing our armed forces to have the right equipment at the right time and cost.

It's a complex and varied role that requires the robust and effective delivery of inventory materiel accounting and Inventory Management Policy & Process, alongside the governance and leadership of critical purchasing decisions and capital asset management, to keep military equipment operating to best effect. Optimization decisions regarding the MoD inventory is also key to ensure 'right sizing' for current and future demands.

You will also take ownership and responsibility for the management of all daily Supply Chain activities in your area; providing clear leadership and direction via prioritization and workload balancing to deliver a range of complex and time-sensitive outputs that support your customers both in the Front Line Commands and within DE&S.  For these posts, that responsibility is delivered through policy and process compliance of MOD Logistics Information Systems procedures and you will have ownership of day to day business resolution of customer issues.  

This is a complex and challenging senior-level post within our business, so to succeed in the post and best assist our Front Line Command customers, you are likely to possess:

-A degree in supply chain, logistics or a comparable related discipline, or alternatively a subject-matter expert within a logistics field with at least 10 years’ experience.
-Experience of working within a challenging, fast paced, output based customer driven environment.
-Experience of managing or leading supply chain teams including the management of high-value and critical assets.
-Knowledge of and ability to deliver improved tools and processes or methodologies that align with your specialist field.

In addition to the above, your application would benefit from:

-Excellent communication, negotiation and influencing skills including the management of a broad range of stakeholders.
-Robust delivery of optimized demand and supply planning outputs, with significant real-world consequences if not met.
-Experience of implementing effective Governance and Assurance to meet the implementation and application of Supply Chain Management Policy and Processes.
-A strong background in Purchasing, Supply Chain management procedures, asset accounting and optimization activities and the information systems that support them.
-Comprehensive knowledge of data management and analysis skills to diagnose, improve and drive supplier performance, compliance and demand planning.
-Ability to or experience leading the identification and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives and inventory optimization activities.
-Capable of making tough decisions, often in the face of multiple competing priorities via complex data sets and priority demand management.
-In-depth understanding of Supply along with excellent people management and leadership skills including talent management and development.

Please note that you may be considered for similar positions at the level below the advertised role.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


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. Abbey Wood site has a range of restaurants, coffee bistros and an on-site gym and nursery – it's easily accessible with lots of transport links close by.
Find out more about what we offer by clicking 'The Little Book of Big Benefits' booklet PDF at bottom of this page.


Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.
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.

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.

Simply click on the link to apply and submit your application with your CV which demonstrates:

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

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.


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

Kayleigh Burton - DE&S Internal Recruiter - would welcome the opportunity to discuss the post with you at any point during the application process.

Please email for further information.

Sift/interview dates and location

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

Interviews will take place at MOD Abbey Wood South, Bristol, BS34 8JH on week commencing 13th May 2019.

Further information

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.

For internal candidates (DE&S and 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 pay.

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 - 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 or SDA 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, DE&S and SDA 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.

In the unlikely event you feel that your application has not been treated in accordance with the Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint you should in the first instance, contact the DE&S Recruitment Office on If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the department you can contact the Civil Service Commission

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.

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