DE&S/SDA Engineering Graduate Scheme

Ministry of Defence

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 1st February 2021


Reference number



per annum (plus benefits)


Graduate Engineer

Contract type


Business area

Other, MOD - Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) MOD - Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA)

Type of role


Working pattern


Number of posts



MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol

About the job


Join an integral part of the UK's defence and play your part in the procurement and in-service support of all our armed forces’ equipment, fighter jets, submarines, armoured vehicles and aircraft carriers, clothing, food and ammunition.

If you’ve got the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our country's armed forces, and help to deliver on operations at home and abroad, apply online now.

Job description

DE&S and SDA are looking for talented, motivated and skilled university graduates to join our Engineering Graduate Scheme and become our engineers and scientists of the future.

Successful applicants undertake various work-based placements within DE&S and industry to support personal development, scheme completion and initial professional development for Chartership or Incorporated status. This includes a placement opportunity where you’ll get ‘hands on’ with the equipment while working directly with the armed forces at a military establishment.

Once you’ve completed the Scheme you’ll be deployed into an equipment delivery team to continue your career and personal development within an application environment such as Air Systems & Platforms, Land Systems & Platforms, Maritime Systems & Platforms, Mission & Combat Systems, Nuclear or Weapons Systems. You’ll also continue to be supported towards gaining professional registration.

The location for most of our graduates is Bristol and while you’re on the scheme you’ll undertake placements in a variety of locations across the UK and potentially overseas.


Providing support to engineering staff across the business assisting with engineering activities, while continually developing yourself.
You’ll be involved in the following:

•Participating in a structured programme to develop capabilities in a defence context.

•Participating in the graduate discussion group to develop Project Management competency and Teamworking.

•Opportunities to develop outside of the training programme by supporting events led by the Technical Discipline Leads, Engineering Function or Other Government Departments.

•Delivering engineering products/services against agreed objectives to develop knowledge and experience and add value to the team and wider business.

•Building awareness and understanding of how the Engineering Function and wider business operates to assist in own development and career progression.

•Identifying opportunities to develop knowledge and experience to support Chartered or Incorporated Engineer Scientist evidence collation.

•Supporting colleagues in their specialist area and actively contributing to team meetings to help with the work of the team.

•Building and maintaining a network of internal business contacts and peers to gain knowledge and identify opportunities to learn and develop.

We have a range of exciting opportunities available within different Engineering disciplines, including;

- Sensors and Electronic Systems;
- Software and Cyber Engineering;
- Naval Architecture;
- Electrical Power and Distribution;
- Systems Engineering and Integration;
- Nuclear Engineering or Science;
- Weapons Engineering;
- Mechanical Engineering;
- Aero & Space Engineering;
- Acquisition Safety and Environmental Protection;
- Quality Assurance;
- Science (Chemistry or Physics degrees).

Please check the accreditation status of your degree and ensure that you include this in your CV or your application won’t be considered.

We are aware that many Nuclear degrees are not yet accredited and will therefore consider degrees in the Nuclear field that are not accredited.

Note - Some roles and all nuclear positions require SOLE UK National status and may require candidates to go through Developed Vetting clearance due to the nature of the project.

What you will be assessed against
Your CV must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Candidates must already have a or will achieve an Engineering or Science Honours Degree minimum 2:2. All degrees must be accredited by a Professional Institution licensed by the Engineering or Science Council by August 2021.

It is also beneficial to your application if you can demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
•Honours degree minimum 2:2 within the following;

Electrical and Electronic Engineering;
Mechatronics, Robotics;
Electronics and Communications;
Software and Cyber Engineering;
Computer Engineering;
Naval Architecture;
Mechanical Engineering;
Aerospace Engineering;
Nuclear Engineering or Science;
Environmental Science;
Chemistry or Chemical Engineering and Physics.

•Relevant work experience, demonstrating engineering skills, including through internships or placements.

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
•Communicating and Influencing.
•Working Together.

Technical skills
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
•Technical requirements, evaluation and acceptance.


Alongside training and development, you’ll receive the following great benefits:

• Flexible working arrangements so that your work fits in with your lifestyle.
• 25 days holiday a year, increasing one day a year to 30 days after five years.
• A competitive remuneration package and access to two Civil Service Pension options.
• Use of our on-site gym, restaurants and cafes.
• A huge variety of high street discounts and savings.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Ability.
Stage 1: Initial application.

Stage 2: Civil Service Verbal, Civil Service Numerical and Civil Service Judgement online tests.

Please allow sufficient time to complete the tests and the remainder of the application form.

If you pass all of the tests you will then complete a full application and upload your CV, which clearly demonstrates the following areas (which you will be assessed against in a CV sift):

• Key Achievements.
• Relevant Experience.
• Applied Knowledge and Skills.

For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

Stage 3: The top scoring candidates from the sift will be invited to a formal interview to discuss your Key Achievements, Relevant Experience and Applied knowledge & Skills. In addition to the above, you'll also be assessed against a technical competence and the listed behaviours, aligned to our DE&S Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page. You'll also be asked to prepare a short presentation to be given at interview.

There will be no reimbursement for any travel expenses (where incurred) for the interview.

Following completion of all pre-employment checks candidates can expect to start employment in August/September 2021.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Rich Steiner - Entry Talent Recruitment Manager
Email :
Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information

Applicants should monitor their Civil Service Jobs application centre regularly for updates.

Some of MoD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3 February 2014. Those TACOS changes applied to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who were new recruits to MoD or who were appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. On the same basis, the TACOS for Departmental Retained Grades changed with effect from 01 September 2014.

All employees joining MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from the employment start date.

Following the introduction of the new Government scheme Tax Free Childcare, the Childcare Voucher scheme has now closed to new entrants. 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. You can find out more about Tax Free Childcare at


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 do not play any part in the selection and interview process.

Therefore, if you are dissatisfied in any way with the selection process, you should raise a complaint in accordance with the guidance set out in the Further Information Guidance document attached.

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:

Complaints Management Team, Defence Business Services, Oak Building Mail Point #6109, MOD Abbey Wood North, Bristol, BS34 8QW

If after raising your complaint with DBS you remain dissatisfied you can complain directly to the Civil Service Commission at the following address:

Civil Service commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ

Or by email:

Cabinet Office Fraud Checks

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant whose details are found to be held on the IFD will be refused employment

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