DE&S Integrated Logistics (iLog) Graduate Scheme

Ministry of Defence

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 11th July 2022



Reference number



Per annum (plus benefits)



Contract type


Business area

MOD - Defence Equipment & Support - Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA)

Type of role

Operational Delivery
Project Delivery

Working pattern


Number of posts



MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol


When you come to DE&S, you’re joining a team that helps protect people all over the UK – and overseas too. We do that by providing cutting-edge tech, vehicles, and equipment to the Armed Forces. Whether it’s the latest protective clothing for soldiers, or the smartest radar for new RAF jets, our projects keep UK military colleagues safe, so that they can protect life at home.

To do that, we need a real wealth of people from every background and skillset – all working together every day to do our best work. It takes integrated logistics specialists, commercial officers, accountants, engineers, Project Delivery specialists, HR specialists and IT experts.

Job description

DE&S are looking for talented, motivated and skilled graduates to join our Integrated Logistics (iLog) Function on the iLog Graduate Scheme (also known as the iLog Operations Management Graduate Scheme). Operations Managers work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders to effectively manage a capability, equipment, or service. They meet requirements from the customer using a range of analytical skills, problem solving, organisational skills as well as project management skills and techniques.

Over two years you’ll typically undertake three placements that will give you the opportunity to build skills and experience while playing an active role in supporting our equipment through its life. Placements cover several areas within DE&S, and possibly within the SDA, to give you a broad experience of the organisation.

You’ll also receive specialist training and work towards the Association for Project Management Project Management Qualification (also known as the APM PMQ)

Once you’ve successfully completed the scheme, you’ll move into a permanent role within the DE&S iLog Function as an Operations Manager.

Due to the classification of work in some areas, applicants who hold a dual nationality may be restricted in where they can be placed.


Typical roles and responsibilities may include:
• Providing support to iLog staff across the business, assisting with project and in-service support activities.
• Maintaining and updating key documents, reports and databases on active projects or portfolios including Service Delivery Plans, Business Cases, Inventory Supply Plans and financial forecasting.
• Contribute to resource management, inventory forecasting, monitoring of actual spend and updating forecasts accordingly to ensure the integrated support meets customer requirements within budget, seeking guidance when required.
• Working collaboratively with key stakeholders to define, implement and manage in-service support contracts including monitoring supplier performance.
• Establishing and maintaining a network of internal and external stakeholders to share knowledge and experience to support continuous improvement.

What you will be assessed against
Your CV must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• You must have five full GCSEs A-C or grades 9-4 (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths;
• You must have a degree or will achieve a degree (minimum third class in any subject) by August 2022.

It is also beneficial to your application if you can demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Relevant experience demonstrating project or business skills achieved through internships, placements or employment.

The Ministry of Defence is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its staff which includes educating staff on the benefits of not smoking, protecting them from the harms associated with second-hand smoke and supporting those who want to give up smoking. Under the Tobacco-Free Working Environment (TFWE) programme, Smoking and the use of all tobacco products (including combustible and chewing tobacco products) will not be permitted anywhere, unless stated otherwise, in the Defence working environment by 31st December 2022. Those seeking, considering, or accepting employment should be aware of this requirement.


You must have five full GCSEs A-C or grades 9-4 (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths;
You must have a degree or will achieve a degree (minimum third class in any subject) by August 2022.


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:

  • Managing Support, Supplier & Customer Networks.
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.


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.

See our vetting charter.
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 Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
Stage 1: Initial application.

Stage 2: Verbal reasoning, Numeracy, and Civil Service judgement online tests.

If you pass all three of the tests you’ll 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.

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

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

Stage 3: The top scoring candidates at sift will be invited to an assessment centre (subject to COVID-19 restrictions), where you’ll be assessed on two group activities and a formal interview, to discuss your key achievements, relevant experience and applied knowledge and skills.

In addition to the above, you'll also be assessed against the listed technical competence and behaviours in the advert, aligned to our DE&S Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page.

Following completion of all pre-employment checks candidates can expect to start employment in January 2023.

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

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.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Ben Truscott-Owen
  • 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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