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Military Transition Scheme – Land Engineers

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 our military transition scheme and you’ll join a unique hybrid environment, working closely with our military customers and industry to deliver and innovate.

At DE&S, 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 of 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. Engineering is the largest function in our organisation – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. Because it’s only by delivering the most advanced technology that we can keep those on the front line at the top of their game. That’s why we stay inventive and create positive change, with a strong focus on sustainable sourcing and minimising environmental impact too.

About our roles

In DE&S we offer a huge variety of roles and career paths. Depending on your skills and ambitions, you could be working on weapons, weapons integration, vehicles, deployable and expeditionary equipment, cutting-edge technology, whole-platform systems engineering, sensors and electronics, security, safety engineering or even packaging engineering to ensure military equipment is safely and securely stored and transported. As part of our team, you’ll help manage technical risk, improve resilience, and deliver innovations and capabilities that support those who protect the UK, our allies, and our interests.

You can join us in one of the following locations:

  • MOD Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol BS34 8JH
  • Defence Munitions Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland KA15 1JT
  • MOD Boscombe Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JF
  • HMNB Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3LJ

We have roles at Level 2 and Level 3 available – talk to us about your experience and we’ll discuss the most suitable grade for you to join us on. Once you’ve joined, we’ll give you all the support you need to keep progressing.

  • Level 2 – £32,500 to £35,000 per annum
  • Level 3 – £43,400 to £47,000 per annum

Keith Bethell CBE, DE&S Director Helicopters and former serving member of the Royal Air Force says:

“Given our close relationship with the UK Armed Forces, supporting military service leavers to find secure, meaningful and rewarding civilian job opportunities is something we feel really passionate about at DE&S”

Who are we looking for?

If you have experience in providing technical advice and delivering successful engineering outcomes in the Land environment – get in touch! You’ll also need to hold a Higher National Certificate (Level 4) qualification or higher in an engineering discipline, or have demonstrable equivalent knowledge skills and experience.

We employ many military service leavers, and we’re keen to attract many more. Your experience aligns with our purpose, and your knowledge means in many cases 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 meaningful, vocational work, and developmentally. ‘Your ambition leads here’ is a key theme in DE&S – we’ll empower you to achieve your goals, and offer progressive training and support to help you unlock a highly successful second career. The range of opportunities available to you is vast – so let us know where your specialism lies, and we’ll work hard to find a role that’s a great fit.

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

Our benefits

We’re pleased to offer a generous benefits package to support everything from your work-life balance to your bank balance, including:

  • A huge range of discounts through our partners including retail, sports, leisure, restaurants, gifts, days out, holidays, cinema, motoring, insurance, health care, gym memberships, and more
  • A market-leading employer pension contribution of around 27 percent, an annual performance-based bonus, and recognition awards
  • A clear career path with plenty of opportunities for progression
  • Access to specialist training and funded professional qualifications (you can expect plenty of support from colleagues and mentors too)
  • We promote flexible and hybrid working wherever we can, to support our colleagues with work-life balance
  • Discover more about our benefits

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Job Details

Job title

Land Engineer – Military Transition Scheme


£32,500 – £47,000 per annum (plus generous benefits) 

Contract type

23-month fixed-term contract

Business area


Working pattern

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



Number of posts


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