Name: Defence Equipment and Support
Status: Full Time
We are seeking individuals with Quality Assurance experience to join the DE&S Engineering Quality Assurance Field Force.
We have an opportunity for a Government Quality Assurance Representative (GQAR) with The Defence Quality Assurance Field Force (DQA-FF).
Involvement in a variety of high profile and technically complex defence programmes make these roles both exciting and challenging.
You will have unrivalled opportunities to be involved in some of the most interesting and complex engineering projects being undertaken in the UK today.
DQA FF is the primary organisation within MOD for the delivery of Government Quality Assurance (GQA) surveillance during all phases of defence capability acquisition on behalf of delivery teams and overseas customers.
As our Quality Assurance Representative, you will provide engineering and quality assurance advice and guidance to support our acquisition and engineering managers. The roles available are extremely varied and involve working within small teams in the Field Force based at-or-near Defence supplier sites.
You will be part of a small team of MOD Licensed and Chartered Quality Professionals whose purpose is to assist customers with assurance that suppliers satisfy contractual quality requirements and improve confidence in suppliers ability to deliver a quality product.
Primarily based at RAF Marham and carrying out Quality Assurance Surveillance on F35 Lightening II aircraft modification and maintenance. There is a requirement to carry out flight authorisation in support of Defence Standard 05-100 requirements including engine ground running and flight clearance. This post will also be responsible for providing support at RAF Coningsby and RAF Waddington.
As a Government Quality Assurance Representative (GQAR) in Marham your main responsibilities will include:
Development of QA surveillance and assurance plans in response to supplier, supply chain and technical risk
Conduct and management of the delivery of QA surveillance in support of risk management, supplier oversight/assurance, verification, validation and acceptance
Providing expert advice and guidance to delivery teams concerning technical and supplier risk
Supporting pre-contract award activities and providing specialist technical services (e.g. aircraft flight indemnity in support of Defence Condition 638)
Implementing and contributing to MoD Quality Assurance policy for procurement
Contributing to Quality investigations, root cause analysis, internal process performance improvement activities and supplier escalations/interventions
Please be advised that these roles may require periods of working in isolation and can be physically demanding with the potential for irregular hours.
They may involve periods of working at defence suppliers during equipment manufacture and involve working at heights or in confined spaces.
For these roles a broad range of engineering and QA experience would be beneficial as the area of operation for the post can be varied and across different domains. However there may be areas where experience in a domain specific context would be advantageous.
You will be able to demonstrate an ability to work with a high degree of autonomy, and be a motivated self-starter. There will be a requirement for short periods of detached duty in the UK which will involve overnight stays. DE&S Engineers work in a function management construct therefore deployments to other teams and locations may be required and so you must be a team player in a project environment.
What you will be assessed against
To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
Chartered Quality Professional or has demonstrated equivalent knowledge, skills and experience to achieve within 12 months
Profession Registration such as EngTech, IEng (desirable) or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience in an engineering discipline
Be qualified to HNC/NVQ Level 4 (or equivalent) in an Engineering or Science related discipline OR previous relevant work experience, ideally within Quality Assurance
Breadth of industry/manufacturing and QA experience gained from involvement with multiple projects and domains including supply chain management
Be expected to achieve a MoD Practitioner Licence within 5 Years of joining. Attainment of which will be supported by a structured learning programme.
It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
Completed an approved IRCA Lead auditor 9001:2015 course.
MOD Quality Practitioner Licence.
Applied knowledge of QA within the acquisition environment.
If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
Technical Requirements, Evaluation and Acceptance
Technical Risk Management
If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
Making effective decisions
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.
Find out more about what we offer by clicking here or by using 'The Little Book of Big Benefits' booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.
Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employees ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.
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 its 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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Gemma Carney 28,050 - £33,000
Defence Equipment and Support
RAF Marham, Kings Lynn,
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