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As Director Logistics & Support you will lead a business unit with a wide range of responsibilities to meet global defence activities.  This ranges from urgent procurement of commodities to supporting humanitarian relief, to arrangement of bulk fuel and tanker capacity to meet operational demands. Sales activity involves a global base of customers that require sensitive handling when balancing the value of monetary return, defence influence and UK prosperity agenda.

This role is exciting, stretching and vitally important for DE&S and we will support you to develop your career whilst you are with us.

Job description for Director Logistics & Support

We have a compelling agenda to meet the needs of our armed forces now and into the future; DE&S plays a vital part in the security of the UK. We are an organisation of approximately 11,500 people in a wide variety of roles from project managers and engineers to finance professionals, to our critical industrial workforce.

Director of the Logistics and Support Operating Centre is a wide-ranging, complex job with two key roles – that of Functional Head for Equipment Support and also running a business unit delivering logistic services across defence.

The first role as Support Champion in DE&S is responsible for cohering all equipment support activity across the business and with wider Defence Stakeholders. To put this into context, the UK Armed Forces operate over 40,000 military vehicles, over 500 military aircraft and over 50 ships. Moreover, DE&S manages over 1500 support contracts with industrial suppliers and over 500,000 line items of inventory to deliver the availability, readiness and capability of these equipment.  You are also the senior leader responsible for the Operational Delivery Function, comprising some 3000 people in DE&S.

The second role is leading a business unit of just under 700 Civilian and Military Staff, across five separate areas including managing activities on our key depot sites, buying categories of consumable equipment such as uniforms, maritime spares, and medical supplies for our armed forces, managing the Defence Postal service and finally selling or safely disposing of surplus Military equipment. In each area there are important supply relationships to nurture and develop including our c£7bn contract with Team Leidos.

You will act as a role model to resolve conflict, challenge negative behaviours and reinforce positive behaviours. You will act with integrity, including the ability to uphold policy and process and challenge leadership, both within DE&S and across Government.

As a leader you will be inspiring, supportive of the people around you and constructively challenging, enabling everyone to give their best every single day.  Key to your success will be your ability to engage effectively within and external to DE&S at all levels. DE&S is a fantastic organisation and this senior role is vitally important.

This is a vitally important role within DE&S. Join us and you’ll discover an opportunity to make a real impact, working in an fascinating defence environment. You’ll benefit from a market-leading benefits package too, including support for professional development. Ready to make a difference? Apply today.

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As Director Logistics & Support, you will be responsible for:

  • Logistics. Director Logistics Support is responsible for the procurement of commodities, storage and movement of Defence materiel, up to and including its disposal. This includes: management of a number of logistic depots; delivering the defence postal and courier service; supporting storage across UK depots and naval bases; and the provision of global logistics support to the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Airforce and Strategic Command.
  • Support. Director Logistics Support is responsible for driving availability and asset utilisation across the Front Line Commands (FLCs); providing the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Strategic Command with the equipment they need at the correct levels of readiness. Director Logistics Support holds Delivery Teams (DTs) to account for effective, policy compliant support solutions, and defines corporate support metrics in order to deliver performance management information both internally and externally to the business. Furthermore, Director Logistics Support is the DE&S link with the Defence Support and interfaces with the support leads to optimise joint delivery of solutions, whilst managing the support commitments and dependencies within them.
  • Functional Director for the Operational Delivery function. The function is made up of 3,300 employees across DE&S, delivering logistic and support services across the DE&S portfolio. The Director must ensure it has the capacity, capability and tools to deliver sufficient workforce and expertise to the business, whilst delivering continuous functional improvement and supporting functional processes.

As a successful Director Logistics & Support, it is essential that you have the following, so please evidence them within your supporting statement.

Essential Criteria:

  • Ability to drive asset availability, readiness and manage complex global logistic operations with a customer focussed approach.
  • Agility to respond to operational activity and operate at a high tempo for long periods.
  • Experience in complex contract management, procurement, and detailed financial management.
  • Experience of safety management of equipment, sites, and associated infrastructure.
  • Display an understanding of markets associated with service provision, including modes of transport and movement of dangerous or hazardous items.
  • Experience of delivering successful strategic projects.
  • Demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your

  • CV
  • A separate Supporting Statement of no more than 2 pages in a PDF document providing clear evidence of how you meet the Essential Criteria laid out in the Person Specification.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the selection panel with the strongest candidates being invited to the interview process in Abbey Wood, Bristol. Full details of the selection and assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates.
  • DE&S reserves the right to make any offer of appointment conditional upon references and satisfactory conclusion of security enquiries.
  • By applying for this role, DE&S may also consider your application for other suitable roles within the organisation for a 12-month period from the closing date of the original campaign.
  • Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on 12th February 2023 to Korn Ferry KFLON_RM._DE&  
  • If you would like to discuss the role in more detail before applying, please contact David Hartley  –

What’s in it for you?

Our careers offer stability, training, progression – and much more! Discover more about what we offer in our Little Book of Big Benefits. Find out more about our pension schemes.

We’re exploring future ways of working with a flexible and a family-friendly approach in mind. This means that successful candidates may be offered the option of hybrid working, combining working at home with working at their contractual location. Further information relevant to hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post, to find a balance that suits your needs and those of the organisation. Please note that employees are responsible for meeting the cost of their travel to and from work when attending site.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating a great place to work that reflects the diversity of the society we serve. To help us do this, we particularly encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and people from LGBT communities. By bringing together different ideas, experiences and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together.

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Job Details

Job title

Director Logistics and Support


£132K – £156K  (additional available for an exceptional external candidate)

Contract type


Business area

Strategic Enablers

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time



Number of posts


Recruitment contact

David Hartley –

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