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Military Transition Scheme – Engineering Manager (Weapons/Marine Engineer)

Are you a service leaver who’s passionate about using your knowledge and experience to ensure military equipment is safe to operate, resilient and capable? Join the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Military Transition Scheme as an Engineering Manager, and you’ll work closely with our military customers and industry to deliver and innovate. Due to the nature of this role, your attendance in the build yard will be required 4-5 days per week to oversee build quality.

We value the wide-ranging skills and experience of service leavers, and we’re working together with the Cabinet Office and Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to offer you the chance to take on a fixed-term contract of up to two years. You’ll become a civil servant with access to all our usual benefits, including our support to develop and progress. From CV writing and interview preparation to on-the-job and formal training, we’ll coach and support you to apply for a permanent role with us when you’re ready.

About us

We’re an integral part of UK Defence. We make sure our military is equipped, supported, and connected, as they protect life at home and overseas. We manage a vast range of complex projects to buy, support and supply vital equipment and services that the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force need, so they can operate safely and effectively.

About this role

Join us as an Engineering Manager in our Type 26 Joint Assurance and Acceptance Team (JAAT) and be part of delivering this vital new Ship Class into the Royal Navy fleet. You’ll use your in-depth technical knowledge and experience of Royal Navy platforms, marine engineering, combat systems, weapon systems and equipment to provide creative and innovative solutions to technical challenges.

Depending on your skills and experience, you could be:

  • Managing delivery against pre-defined engineering technical requirements
  • Contributing to execution of relevant engineering management plans
  • Interpreting and applying appropriate Defence and international engineering, quality and safety standards
  • Developing low complexity requirements, test plans and acceptance criteria
  • Providing test and evaluation recommendations to technical decision makers
  • Identifying appropriate sources of evidence to inform technical decision making
  • Planning and conducting build surveillance
  • Accelerating and producing trials reports while commenting on technical documentation
  • Supporting compartment and system inspections
  • Verifying acceptance evidence, and assessing and approving design changes
  • Supporting safety and environmental management processes
  • Designing assurance through joint working with our key supplier, BAE Systems

Not sure if this is the right level for you? Talk to us about your experience and we’ll discuss the most suitable role for you to join us on. And once you’ve joined, we’ll give you all the support you need to keep progressing.

Col retired from the RAF and now works as an Engineering Manager in our Ships domain. He said:

“I’m very happy to be working in a familiar environment alongside military personnel, and I’m really supported to achieve my professional ambitions. What’s more, the organisation understands that family comes first and if someone wants to work flexible hours, or work part time or in a job-share, they’ll bend over backwards to accommodate. Here, everyone works together to achieve the organisation’s objectives. That’s how I know I’ll finish my career working for the MOD.”

Who are we looking for?

You’ll need to have experience in one or more of the following fields in engineering: marine, mechanical, propulsion, auxiliaries, naval architecture, combat systems, weapon systems or electrical or electronic engineering and integration. You’ll also need experience in providing technical advice and delivering successful engineering outcomes in a marine environment. If you also hold a Higher National Certificate (Level 4) qualification or higher in an engineering discipline, or have demonstrable equivalent knowledge skills and experience, you’ll be ticking all our boxes.

We employ many military service leavers, and we’re keen to attract many more. Your experience aligns with our purpose, and your knowledge means you’ll add value for both our end users and the taxpayer from the get-go. In turn, we offer great opportunities both in terms of development and meaningful, vocational work.

Please note only military and former military personnel are eligible to apply.


  • If you join us with a break in service from the military of less than five years, and you have completed five years of military service, the military leave allowance will be preserved, and you will be awarded 30 days of leave
  • Otherwise, 25 days’ annual leave +1 day a year up to 30 days, 8 bank holidays and a day off for the King’s birthday
  • Flexible and hybrid working wherever possible, to support your work-life balance (though some attendance to the stated site is required)
  • Market-leading employer pension contribution of around 27%
  • Annual performance-based bonus and recognition awards
  • Access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications
  • Support for progression
  • Huge range of discounts
  • Volunteering days
  • Enhanced parental leave schemes

Ready to achieve your ambitions? Get in touch:

Job contacts –
Names: Charlie Johnson and Marinos Loukaidis, Ships Engineering Capacity team

Job Details

Job title

Engineering Manager – Military Transition Scheme


£35,200 p.a. (plus benefits) 

Contract type

23-month fixed-term contract

Business area


Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time, Flexible working



Number of posts


Recruitment Contacts

Charlie Johnson and Marinos Loukaidis

Ships Engineering Capacity team