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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