“The work is interesting and varied, the work environment is welcoming, open, honest and in a very picturesque setting!”
Why did you choose to pursue a career in DE&S?
I wished to move to England and, as a Ground Test engineer with Bombardier Aerospace at the time, I found it an interesting activity, being experienced at organising and managing chicken-firing at aircraft for bird strike testing is, for some reason, not widely required – who knew?!
From the research I carried out, Defence Equipment and Support seemed a good fit for me, it is a respected organisation, has opportunities for professional development – both formal training and a wide variety of on-the-job training and experience, and promotional prospects.
What does your role entail?
I work within the Certification team which acts as the liaison between DE&S and the Military Aviation Authority to assist and guide Delivery Teams through the certification process.
What are the opportunities to develop and progress within your function?
I spent a significant amount of my first six months in DE&S attending formal training courses organised or promoted by the Engineering Function in addition to more informal on-the-job training, the latter is very much ongoing!
Interested in engineering?
What do you most enjoy about your job?
What I most enjoy about my job is the feeling that, as part of the Certification team, I can make a difference, one that will have a positive impact on future work within the Air Domain and wider supporting industry.
What’s the greatest achievement (in your role) to date?
I am still working on my greatest achievement! My involvement with two particular programmes spanning some years, once they come to fruition, will be my greatest achievement – one assisting with the transformation of the airworthiness requirements Defence Standard and the other in the development of a program to assist teams go through certification.
Are you a member of any networks at DE&S? If so, why did you decide to join and what benefits do they bring to you?
I am a STEM ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and have recently registered with Primary Engineer and, as a result, I’m on the DE&S communications list for the GSE network (Government Science and Engineering Profession).
I have been a STEM ambassador since I graduated. My aim is to benefit others by promoting an awareness of the different types of engineering out there, the numerous ways of being awarded an engineering qualification and to promote it as a profession – particularly important to female students since there are fewer female engineers than is preferable.
I am also a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and have just received my letter today confirming that I can now be a Sponsor or a Mentor to potential DE&S applicants for Incorporated or Chartered status and will be on interview panels later this year.
Would you recommend DE&S to others as a great place to work?
I would recommend working at DE&S. The work is interesting and varied, the work environment is welcoming, open, honest and in a very picturesque setting! My colleagues are professional, helpful, friendly, and focussed on what is best for the business.
What are the social benefits of working for DE&S?
I have found DE&S to be inclusive and the DE&S Air-worthiness Team (DAT) to be a very sociable bunch. The ladies of the DAT and I had a bake sale before participating in the Race for Life in June and preparations are already underway for our next. As soon as I joined the DAT I was invited to join the volleyball team and to participate in the Civil Service Sports Day (we did not lose every game!). I have also found the option of flexi-time helpful when maintaining a healthy work-life balance.