Name: Defence Equipment and Support
Status: Full Time
The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence responsible for the procurement, in service support and disposal of the UK’s nuclear submarines. Our work is of unparalleled strategic importance nationally and internationally, ensuring the security of the UK’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent, and delivering the most technically complex programmes in Defence. We employ over 1500 people and have an annual spend of c. £3.5 billion.
Trident Engineering Support Trainer (TEST) is a set of courses introduced as part of the development of MoD Civilian and Industry Partner (IP) Strategic Weapons Systems (SWS) and Strategic Weapons Support Systems (SWSS) Suitably Qualified & Experienced Personnel (SQEP) across the SW Enterprise. The courses cover SWS & SWSS Subsystems, the Polaris Sales Agreement (PSA) and the general mechanics of the Trident Programme. Its aim is to contribute to the continued and consistent compliance of maintenance & through life support of the SWS & SWSS, with significant interaction with UK Submarine chains and teams supporting classes of Submarine presently in-build and in-service.
Based at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde (HMNB(C), this is generally an on-site role with some remote working where possible. Occasional travel to other sites such as MoD Abbey Wood (Bristol), for meetings/briefing/workshops will also be required. Access to on-site only MoD systems will be required, due to the sensitivity of information.
We are now looking for an Engineering Training Manager, as part of the TEST team, to manage the current training provider, ensure course throughput against the training requirements for the business, and drive continuous improvement into the delivery of TEST.
TEST courses are currently delivered at the Trident Training Facility which is a Replication of the Strategic Weapon System as fitted to an SSBN submarine. TEST is mainly class room based, within additional lab work to gain hands-on experience with subsystem operation and maintenance.
As the Engineering Training Manager, you will be a member of the Trident Systems Project Team reporting into the SW Enterprise Experience Group Lead and have a dotted line into the Project Manager for in-service areas. You will oversee the planning, scheduling and day-to-day operation of TEST and manages the Training Provider on behalf of the Training Delivery Authority. Working in conjunction with the Trident Training Facility (TTF) Training Manager, the TEST Manager provides assurance for TEST delivery and acts as a local MoD focal point to represent MoD’s interests, providing direction where necessary, to clarify any ambiguities.
In addition, the TEST Manager plays a key role in the Governance of TEST and is critical to ensuring TEST remains fit for purpose, through the delivery of continuous improvement activities, and delivers Value for Money to the MoD.
You will be responsible for the administration of TEST, managing all applications for training courses and ensuring applications from areas of the business are compliant for requests to book onto courses. You’ll facilitate access to the training facility which will include working with the security team at Clyde to coordinate and get people booked on to the Naval base, and send joining instructions to students. You will liaise with other MOD teams and IPs within the Enterprise to collate training requirements on an annual basis, to enable efficient scheduling and planning of training resources and maintain the TEST Management System in line with the requirements.
You will also be the Chair for the TEST Management Board that is run annually, for the collation of the Statement Of Training Requirements; meeting with all industry partners and MoD functions that require training, gathering requirements, review and implement into the training plan. Acting as the SME for training, you will provide updates, feedback and advice for any training items that need to be created or improved. Establish and managing what the training profile will look like for the future. Therefore, you must be able to demonstrate understanding of competency frameworks and able to align people to this.
This will be both a challenging and rewarding role, with lots of opportunities to develop your knowledge, and have a substantial impact on an extremely exciting and high-profile programme. A great opportunity to shape how the strategic systems training is delivered moving forward.
Please note that due to the nature of the projects involved, this role is open to applications from SOLE UK NATIONALS only.
As the Engineering Training Manager, you will have deep experience ideally in Engineering, training and this experience will ideally have been gained within a training / L&D role in engineering or from within an operational Military environment in a training delivery role. Able to demonstrate a good understanding from this experience of content of courses and who they are aimed at.
This will also include:
• Manage the output of the training, ensure courses and training meets requirements of the functions and coordinated efficiently within schedule, and maintained via the defence training recording system
• Able to demonstrate a good knowledge of and a real interest in training, innovation, and experience in training both class room and remote processes.
• Mange the delivery of the training, and ensure the training provider are delivering the courses correctly and following the governance of the course
• Collate all TEST requirements and able to prioritize training requirements across the function(s)
• Provide SME feedback where required and maintain consistency
• Must be able to demonstrate experience and capability to work with external and internal stakeholders up to senior level. Including ability to clearly present data and information when required to senior stakeholders both civilian and Military.
• Chair for the TEST Management board annually, for the Statement Of Training Requirements.
What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Experience in training within an engineering, defence, military or similar environment, with good knowledge of both class-room training and remote training delivery methods for Training Development & Delivery
• Experience with coordinating training requirements across multiple functions
• Strong stakeholder management ability up to senior levels, able to communicate and influence effectively (strong interpersonal skills),with strong verbal and written communication skills
• Experience and understanding of how training courses are structured and various delivery methods (i.e. class-room training, on-line/remote or blended)
• Must be able to demonstrate understanding of competency frameworks and able to align people to this
It would benefit your application should be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Aware of DSAT (Defence Systems Approach to Training). (JSP 822). Gained from working in any military or engineering / defence environment around training JSP 82 / 822 compliance.
• People management experience
• BEng/BSc in Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or other relevant engineering/science.
If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Technical Requirements, Evaluation and Acceptance
• Stakeholder & Comms Management
If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• Communicating and influencing
• Changing and improving
What's in it for you?
You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.
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About your team
Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our engineers are exemplars both within DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.
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Things you need to know
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process details
Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV which clearly demonstrates the following areas (which you will be assessed against):
• Key Achievements
• Relevant Experience
• Applied Knowledge and Skills
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Firstly we’ll check that you meet the essential criteria that are listed for the role. If you do, we’ll then carry out a more detailed review of your CV to see if your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role(s).
If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an interview so you can meet us, discuss your Key Achievements, Relevant Experience and Applied knowledge & Skills. In addition to the above, you'll also be assessed against a technical competence and the listed behaviours, aligned to our DE&S Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Open to UK nationals only.
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