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Job description for Integrated support logistics (ILS) practitioner

Our Integrated Logistics (ILog) function manages and delivers the tools, parts and in-service support that keep vehicles and equipment well-maintained, from their first launch to the day they’re retired from service. We’re pleased to offer challenging and interesting careers that bring a sense of pride and purpose. By joining our team, you’ll find yourself a role where your voice is heard, your impact is felt, and your contribution is recognised.

You’ll also benefit from plenty of opportunities for development, access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications, and a c.27% employer pension contribution. You’ll also have access to a wide range of employee networks, including the Women’s Inclusive Network, Race & Culture Network, Pride Network, Disability Network – and many more. We recognise that the best people for the job may have commitments outside of work, so we’re pleased to promote flexible working to support our colleagues in balancing work and home life.

At Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), we have an exciting opportunity to join a dedicated team at RAF Waddington responsible for delivering efficient military support to the RAF’s most advanced, and cutting edge certified 21st century state-of-the-art Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS).

You will be responsible for delivering outputs across our business where you will focus on varied and meaningful projects that support the UK’s armed forces.

Your stakeholder skills will play a key part in this role, working with industry partners and the Royal Air Force, you’ll ensure delivery of contracts that support the life cycle of aircraft, ensuring we deliver world class equipment for the Royal Air Force.

With a proactive and continuous improvement mind set, you will encourage a culture of imaginative thinking, learning from experience and challenging the status quo to continually drive for improved quality. You’ll be part of a diverse team that integrates new elements into the service delivery space, you will ensure everyone is collaboratively working, communicating, and delivering your plan of action, while bringing your stakeholders on the journey with you.

Initially as the Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) practitioner, you will be based at RAF Waddington with an expectation to attend the office one to two days a week, eventually moving to a more regular basis.

The position will also require you to travel internationally for work purposes. Reasonable notice will be given when travel is required.

Please note some attendance to the stated site may be required for this position.

We strongly recommend tailoring your CV in line with our CV guidance before applying, with specific sections to highlight Key Achievements, Relevant Experience, and Applied Skills & Knowledge.

Responsibilities for Integrated support logistics (ILS) practitioner

In this role, you will be entrusted with:
• Responsibility for the provision of the Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) Elements, providing a risk assured supportability case and accountability for coordinating the inputs to the case, which includes maintenance, security and safety cases cross functionally and with Industry.
• Integrating new capabilities into the platform’s support solution, defining, and designing the support requirements into contractual arrangements and developing associated ILS documentation using Industry standard ILS methodologies
• Providing accurate support information and data insights to continually improve the availability and influencing effective post design activities for the platform or the maintenance solution
• Leading the ILS inputs into the Air System support contract, communicating and collaborating with Engineering, Supply Chain, Commercial, Industry and RAF Front Line Command in, managing the in-service availability, reliability, maintainability, and sustainability to meet training and operational service requirements
• Ensuring support governance regimes are implemented as part of Through Life Support management for evaluating and implementing changes to the Air System to its out of service date

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• Experience of working in at least one of the following fields: ILS, engineering, supportability, or technical operations.
• Strong stakeholder engagement skills at all levels/grades.
• Experience of developing and guiding teams in the support, design and upkeep of equipment and / or optimisation of product performance.
• A proven record of leading the development of the ILS Plan, incorporating all ILS deliverables and element plans that influence the developed support arrangements.
• Knowledge and experience with managing Logistic Support Technical Information requirements and the configuration control of Technical Documentation.

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Knowledge of Air Systems and maintainer.
• Familiar with how Support Equipment interacts with Air Systems.
• Knowledge and understanding of S1000D which is the international specification for the procurement and production of technical publications.
• Familiar with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Making evidence-based decisions – Practitioner level
• Managing support, supplier and customer networks – Practitioner level
• Communicating and influencing
• Delivering at pace

What’s in it for you?

Please note, our salary bands are under review and may increase. If the outcome of the review results in an increase in the minimum salary and your salary offer falls below the new minimum, your salary will be increased to the new amount from your contracted start date. If the new minimum is less than the salary you are offered, the original salary offer will be retained.

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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Integrated logistics Support (ILS) Practitioner


£35,700 – £42,000 per annum (plus benefits)

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Integrated Logistics

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