Graduate Opportunity

DE&S Engineering Graduate Scheme

Ministry of Defence

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Job description

The force behind the armed forces, DE&S is a highly specialised, arms-length body of the Ministry of Defence, operating with a budget of £178 billion over the next 10 years. From the procurement of fighter jets and aircraft carriers to the provision of food and clothes, we ensure the armed forces have the equipment and support they need to carry out their operations at home and abroad. We employ over 11,000 talented Civil Servants and military personnel (supported by contractors from the private sector) across more than 150 locations around the world.

Our Engineering function enables the delivery of our equipment and support by providing specialist expertise in domain-related disciplines such as: mechanical, electrical and power distribution; software, sensors and electronic systems; acquisition safety and environmental protection; quality assurance; ordnance munitions & explosives; nuclear engineering, as well as systems engineering and integration. 

We are currently looking for Graduates to join our Engineering Graduate scheme, a scheme which is fully accredited by many of the major Engineering Institutions and is one of the best schemes in the UK for Engineers and Scientists. 

Successful applicants will receive: 

  • Support throughout the Scheme from the DE&S Engineering Graduate Management Team; a dedicated experienced Mentor; Technical Advisers; and Placement Delivery Managers.
  • Investment in their personal and technical training and development, giving them excellent opportunities to gain specific technical experience, whilst broadening and deepening the key skills and behaviours specific to working in our large and successful government department.
  • Depending on business need you may also be given the opportunity to study for a Masters degree to gain further specialist experience applicable to the professional role you will occupy at the end of your training. 

The permanent base for most of our graduates is Bristol, but we also have up to two posts available at the Air Warfare Centre at Lincoln. Whilst you are on the Scheme, you will undertake four six-month placements at a variety of locations across the UK, and potentially overseas. These placements will enable you to build a portfolio of evidence towards professional registration at IEng or CEng and to gain knowledge in a variety of areas within your allocated Technical Discipline, leading to you taking up a professional engineering post within DE&S. You will be entitled to claim expenses in line with MOD policy whilst you are on placement. 

After successful completion of the Scheme you will be moved into a middle management professional role within your sponsoring business domain and will continue to be supported towards Incorporated and Chartered Engineer status. 

Start dates will be from September 2019 to January 2020, subject to successful completion of all pre-employment checks. 


Candidates must have, or be studying for a degree in an accredited subject and be on track to achieve a minimum 2:2 Bachelor degree or above by August 2019. There may be restrictions on discipline choice for graduates achieving a 2:2. 


  • Pensions
  • Allowances
  • Security
  • Medical
  • Selection process details
  • Eligibility
  • Grade entry qualifications
  • Working for the Civil Service.


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Job ID Number: 1606931
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Opportunity Overview

  • April 1st, 2019
  • £26,408 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • Stoke Gifford (Bristol)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aerospace
  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Hardware
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • Process
  • Software
  • Systems

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