Through Life Support2023-08-16T14:15:13+01:00

Through Life Support

World-class defence equipment requires world-class maintenance and support. Come and join our Through Life Support teams and help influence the design and support of cutting-edge technology for the UK Armed Forces.

Whether you’re already an experienced ILS specialist, seeking a career change or looking for your first job, we have a range of exciting career opportunities on offer.

A rewarding career in a world-class team

Joining our team will give you a unique and exciting opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to a range of defence projects.

Working collaboratively with technical specialists across DE&S and industry, you’ll utilise ILS methodologies to help you plan and deliver through-life support packages for a range of equipment.

Your end goal will be to develop technologically advanced and cost-effective equipment and support that meets the needs of the Armed Forces; equipment that lasts longer, requires less ongoing maintenance and works reliably in the environment where it’s needed, whether that’s the Antarctic or the jungle.

Equipment Support and Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) roles

We’re looking for through-life support specialists to join us in two different area: equipment support and integrated logistics support. Both roles involve the use of Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) and Integrated Product Support (IPS) methodologies – so what’s the difference?

  • Equipment Support – Here, you’ll be contributing to managing the lifecycle of assets once they’re in service. That includes maintaining up-to-date support resources and technical information, using ILS and IPS methodologies and toolkits.
  • Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) – In this role, you’ll contribute to the design and development of ILS/IPS programmes and projects for procuring new reliable, maintainable, sustainable, and affordable kit. You could also be working on upgrades to existing kit – ensuring it’s always at the top of its game.

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A range of exciting projects

You’ll be delivering through-life support for a range of equipment; from fighter jets, armoured vehicles, submarines and aircraft carriers, through to clothing and ammunition.

You could be designing a support solution from concept through to disposal, optimising equipment while it’s in-service, or supporting the efficient disposal of equipment at the end of its operational life.

Your role might cover in-the-field support robust enough for the Army’s Apache helicopters, or the state-of-the-art maintenance required by the RAF’s latest Lightning II aircraft.

Either way, you’ll find a career that is exciting, rewarding and fulfilling.

Interested, but not sure if you have the right skills?

We won’t expect you to be an expert in ILS methodologies from day one; many of our current ILS Managers joined us without any formal training. Whatever your skills and level of experience, we’ll support you with the specialist training you’ll need. Plus, you’ll have the support of your peers and a range of technical specialists to help guide your decisions and support you in reaching your full potential.

Integrated Logistics Support Manager, Justyn, a bald man in a jacket smiles at the camera with a brick wall behind him

“When you see the aircraft that you’ve been working on flying over your house or on the news, delivering medical aid, for example, it’s really rewarding. The forces have their capabilities because of something we’ve delivered and you know the equipment you’ve provided works and that you’ve actually played a role in saving lives.”

– Justyn Cannon, ILS Manager

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