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Job Description for Science and Technology Engineer

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.Please select relevant function from drop downAre you a Science and Technology Engineer interested in working at the cutting edge of technology, collaborating with private business and government on a national and international scale?

DE&S require a Science and Technology Engineer, with relevant engineering experience, to join the Defence Ordnance Safety Group (DOSG), Science and Technology Team.

Our multi-disciplinary team of civilian subject matter experts seek experienced Science and Technology Engineers to provide independent technical advice and guidance on the Safety and Suitability for Service of Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives (OME).

As a Science and Technology Engineer, you will be working on a variety of systems including, complex weapons, platform firing systems, weaponised drones and emerging and novel technology such as directed energy weapons. You will support the development of OME technology and best practice technical standards through communication, cooperation and coordination with the UK OME Safety Regulator, the UK industrial base, academia, and various national and international bodies.

The Science and Technology Engineer is a dynamic and progressive role and will encourage your ongoing professional development within this sector.   This may include the opportunity to undertake sponsored MSc/MEng/PHD courses relevant to your role.

There is also the opportunity for national and international travel to support equipment delivery, cutting edge research and technology, NATO standardisation, supporting trials, testing and evaluation as well as collaborating with the multinational expert community at technical conferences.

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 Science and Technology Engineer

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

Providing professional technical advice, guidance and leadership on OME and platforms to stakeholders within and outside DE&S, in particular compliance with national and international standards, supporting project delivery and providing technology assurance as required

Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of all relevant defence, national and international technical standards

Leading and supporting the development of national and international policy and standards, as required for the assurance of safety and suitability for service of OME

Representing the UK at NATO standardisation working groups and leading national standardisation activity

Supporting and undertaking the development of tools, techniques and materials related to OME

Identifying, assessing and exploiting emergent technologies to support the delivery of cutting-edge capability

Collaborate with colleagues from across ST on Energetic Materials, Life Assessment of Weapon Systems, Statistics, Modelling, Risk, Initiation Systems and Electromagnetic Environmental Effects

What you will be assessed against

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

  • Chartered Engineer with a relevant professional institution or has demonstrated equivalent knowledge, skills or experience
    • Level 4 qualification (HNC or higher) in a Science, Technology or Engineering subject, or equivalent experience working in these fields
    • Experience in one or more of the following technical disciplines:   •         Mechanical Engineering
    •         Electronic Engineering
    •         Systems Engineering
    •         Chemistry/Chemical Engineering
    •         Quantitative Risk Analysis
    •         Finite Element Analysis
    •         Computational Fluid Dynamics
    •         Weapon Effect Analysis
    •         Electromagnetic Environmental Effects
    •         Radio Frequency and Communication Engineering
    •         Insensitive Munition/Weapon Vulnerability Assessment
    •         OME Life Assessment including the effects of the mechanical and climatic environment
    •          Evidence of producing informed outputs and providing technical advice to senior stakeholders
    •          Experience working within a regulated and/or safety critical industry

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

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

  • EFCF 2 Application of Analytical Techniques Practitioner
  • EFCF 4 Technical Decision Making Practitioner
  • Leadership

•Communicating and influencing

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.
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Job Details

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Science and Technology Engineer


£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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