Please note that this graduate scheme’s function was previously called the Integrated Logistics (iLog) Function and has now changed its name to the Operational Delivery Function.
If you’re considering a career in Operations Management, Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) offers you an opportunity like no other. This graduate scheme offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and experience through hands on learning and training.
As an Operations Management Graduate, you’ll work alongside key stakeholders and suppliers to ensure that equipment remains supported and delivers the required performance.
Operations Management Graduates 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.
Read more about the Operational Delivery function.
The scheme is a two-year development programme where you’ll rotate through three placements providing you with the opportunity to learn about, and develop into, the role of an Operations Manager.
You’ll start your first placement on arrival into DE&S where you’ll be provided with the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the organisation and start your onward career development. From here, you will start to build your knowledge, skills and experience as you support and deliver to our customers from within your placement.
You’ll continue your rotations throughout the business, moving into various roles to enhance and build on your development. You’ll also be working towards your professional qualification and preparation for your end of scheme assessment and onward business employment.
End of scheme
On successful completion of the scheme, you’ll move into a permanent role as an Operations Manager with the Operational Delivery function.
You’ll receive specialist Operations Management training and will work towards your Association for Project Management Project Management Qualification (also known as the APM PMQ).
To apply for the scheme, you’ll need:
- Five full GCSEs at A*-C or grades 4-9 (or recognised equivalent) including English Language and Maths.
- An honours degree in any recognised subject (minimum 2:2)
- A degree at a grade of 2:1 or higher and experience relevant to your chosen scheme would be desirable.
It’s also beneficial if you can demonstrate relevant experience demonstrating project or business skills achieved through internships, placements or employment.
Help and support
There’s plenty of support available on this scheme. You’ll have:
A dedicated scheme manager who’ll be responsible for coordinating your professional training and development throughout the scheme.
A placement supervisor who’ll oversee your day-to-day management and provide on the job development opportunities.
When applying, you’ll complete an initial online application and be required to undertake an online numerical, verbal and Civil Service judgement test.
If you pass all tests, you’ll then complete a full application and upload your CV (please note the specific CV requirements on the job advert).
Finally, the top scoring candidates will be invited to an assessment centre in Bristol.
The Operations Management Graduate Scheme is currently closed. Applications are due to open in late 2023.