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Job Description for Quality Assurance Policy Lead

Engineering is the largest business function in our organisation – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. Because it’s only by delivering the most advanced, battle-winning 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. Ready to make an impact that matters to the nation?

You’ll 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 in Engineering Network, Parents Network, Race & Culture Network, Neuro Inclusivity 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. The Quality and Configuration Management Policy (QCM Pol) team act on behalf of the Director of Engineering and Safety within DE&S. As the executive arm, this team support the Director and deliver three key Department of State roles related to Managing Quality in the MoD.

The role is primarily aligned with two:

The MOD Defence Functional Authority for Quality Assurance.
To establish and maintain a single, integrated framework of internal Quality controls, including:-
Joint Service Publication 940: MOD Policy for Quality
Joint Service Publication 945: MOD Policy for Configuration Management
Associated quality related Defence Standards and
To provide general direction concerning all aspects of Quality Assurance within the Defence Enterprise.

The National Quality Assurance Authority representing MOD Quality interests at NATO
Ensuring the UK MOD meets its responsibilities in accordance with NATO agreement STANAG 4107
Representing UK MOD interests for Quality within NATO
Representing UK as the Defence board member of UKAS

The team also leads engagement with national standards bodies, CQI and Defence industry consulting and advising on MoD Quality policy as part of these roles. The successful applicant can use this role to develop wider understanding and experience of MoD and Defence at a senior level.

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 Quality Assurance Policy Lead

The responsibilities of these posts will include, but not be limited to, the following:

Setting and upkeep of Ministry of Defence (MoD) Quality policy framework aligned with Defence Quality Assurance, acquisition, engineering and logistics support activity

Upkeep of:

* JSP 940: MOD Policy for Quality
* Content within Managing Quality in Knowledge in Defence
* Defence Standards sponsored by the QCM Policy Team Leader

Managing enquiries relating to JSP940 directives including appropriate certification & and issue escalation process.

Support to Primary Delivery Manager in their role within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) as the UK representative for Quality within Lifecycle Management.

Communicating emergent Quality issues via MOD Quality Alerts and Notices.

Provide general direction concerning all aspects of Quality Assurance within the Defence Enterprise.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

  • Chartered Quality Professional (CQP), Quality Practitioner or can demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.
    • Relevant Level 4 qualification (HNC or higher) in an Engineering or Science subject or must be able to demonstrate equivalent experience in a Quality Assurance/Management environment.
    • Demonstrable applied knowledge of Quality applied in a policy setting, implementation and upkeep of policy within an acquisition and support environment.
    • A breadth of industry/manufacturing, Quality Management Systems and QA experience gained from involvement with multiple projects and domains including supply chain engagement.

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

  • MQ 2 Quality Leadership (Practitioner)
  • MQ 3 Acquisition Governance (Practitioner)
  • Communicating and influencing
  • Changing and improving

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

Quality Assurance Policy Lead


£43,400 – £47,000 per annum (plus benefits)

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



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Recruitment contact

Chantelle Hardy –

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