DE&S Cost Control Engineer

Ministry of Defence

Closing date: 21 Jul 2019

Reference number

1640557

Salary

£19,000 - £37,000pa. (plus benefits)

Grade

Other
Senior Administrator/Specialist

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

Defence Equipment & Support - Project Controls

Type of role

Engineering
Project Delivery

Working pattern

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

Hours

37 hours per week

Number of posts

1

Location

HMNB Portsmouth, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ

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.

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.

As a Cost Control Engineer within the Ships Domain, you will carry out cost estimating, analysis and control activities and support project organisational and administrative activities. On a day-to-day basis, you will be responsible for cost management, estimating and analysis for major projects which require a high degree of technical skill and experience. You will also provide general non-routine cost management guidance to projects and identify cost trends for management attention. In this diverse and challenging role, you will review proposal provisions related to cost management and material control, and develop supporting data for contract negotiations which will require interfacing with designated DE&S management and contractor counterparts.
The successful applicants will ideally have an HNC/HND, or equivalent, in a relevant Engineering discipline, although significant experience within a similar role will be considered. You will have accreditation from the Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE) at Enrolled level or the ability to work towards the required accreditation level within one year. To be considered, you will possess relevant work experience with knowledge of cost management and modelling.

You should have an understanding of the concepts of Project Controls and In-contract Management with knowledge and understanding of single source pricing regulations. An understanding of Cost Engineering techniques and principles and Portfolio Management techniques is an essential requirement. The ideal candidate should have experience in performing, monitoring and reviewing cost management functions, including cost engineering, cost control, financial reporting systems and cost analysis.
Excellent communication skills and attention to detail, proven team working capability, reliability and the self-drive to proactively address and resolve issues, are all traits needed to be effective in this role. This is a fantastic opening to join one of the fastest growing functions within DE&S and will give you the opportunity for personal development and the ability to improve and progress further with your career.

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

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.

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.

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 motivations and behaviours aligned to the 'The DE&S Way'. (see link at bottom of advert).

Please note this role is open to sole UK nationals only.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

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

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

Please email ben.bransbury-hare100@mod.gov.uk for further information.

Sift/interview dates and location

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

Interviews will take place at HMNB Portsmouth, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ on 14/08/2019.

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 - 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 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 DESHR-WSC-PMOCOMPLAINTS@mod.gov.uk. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the department you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/recruitment-complaints/

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