Human Resources roles2023-05-17T09:35:31+01:00

Orange logo of peopleHR is here to support and challenge DE&S on people matters and to provide consistent people management processes, policies, tools, and frameworks for this specialist organisation.

We do this by designing ways of working which meet the needs of our organisation, by engaging with our different business areas and offering strategic direction to solve people-related issues – and by building strong links with all our stakeholders, too.

HR roles

As a function, we have a variety of HR roles on offer at all levels. So whether you’re an HR advisor or business partner, or a professional in one of our various centres of expertise, you could be working across a number of exciting business areas – including recruitment, inclusion, learning and talent, policy, business partnering, performance management and reward.

HR responsibilities

We are integral to operational delivery. Our policies must enable us to attract, develop, retain and deploy highly skilled people to ensure delivery to our front line colleagues. Each of us in the function has a personal responsibility to ensure that our contribution is adding value.

We must be professional, act with integrity and honesty in delivering our services, and ensure fairness and equality of opportunity for all. In return we can expect individual investment to realise potential, a clear articulation of the career paths we can follow and the knowledge that we will be rewarded in line with our contribution.

Our people

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Talent Acquisition Manager, Mavis

There are plenty of opportunities to gain experience. Since I joined DE&S, I’ve worked across a range of HR teams, which has helped me grow both my knowledge and my network.

There is lots of support for development and progression too, including funding for CIPD qualifications.

Read the full interview with Mavis

Learn, grow, progress

The sky’s the limit. At DE&S, we’ll give you the tools you need to grow, with our leadership development schemes, mentoring, coaching, qualifications, secondments and online learning resources. We’re dedicated to helping our people thrive – in fact, we’ve even achieved CIPD People Development Partner status, thanks to our on-going commitment to invest in and build the capability and credibility of our HR team.

Technical competences

For each of the functions in DE&S there is a technical competence framework. The framework describes specific professional skills or knowledge standards that are required within the function. Click here to open the technical competence framework for the Human Resources function (as a PDF).

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What our people say

Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at what our staff say about us.


I am interested in my work.


I am trusted to carry out my job effectively.


I am treated with respect by the people I work with.

Where else could you fit in?

Part of the Ministry of Defence, DE&S is made up of eight functions, each supporting its own vital strand of the organisation. Our functions offer professional development and flexibility to our people – and assurance to our customers that we have the scale and expertise to deliver on any project.

Below are the seven other functions in addition to Human Resources. See where you fit in and join a world-class team today.

More about Defence Equipment & Support

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Who we are

Part of the Ministry of Defence, we’re a mix of 12,500 talented civil servants and military personnel located across the UK and abroad.

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What we do

Delivering a programme of work of over £13bn annually, we ensure the UK Armed Forces have all the equipment and support they need for their operations.

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Work for us

Join us in specialisms from engineering to project management to commercial – take your first step to a more rewarding career with DE&S.

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