NED Appointments, Defence Equipment & Support

Ministry of Defence

Bristol or London - travel to other locations in the DE&S estate may be required.

  • Location

    Bristol or London - travel to other locations in the DE&S estate may be required.

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £28,000 based on 24 days per annum

  • Client

    Ministry of Defence

Ref: GSe91067

The Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation is an arm’s-length body sponsored by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), with responsibility for equipping and supporting the UK’s armed forces. It manages a vast range of complex projects to buy the equipment and support services that the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force need to operate effectively.  It procures around £14bn of equipment and support per annum and has an operating budget of £1 billion. DE&S delivers some of the most complex projects and programmes in the world.  This often involves the use of innovative technologies, sophisticated supply chains and a mix of market sourcing strategies and outputs. It works closely with industry, in the UK and overseas, including through partnering agreements and private finance initiatives. DE&S employs around 11,400 people - both civilian and military - who are employed across 11 professional functions including project management, project controls, engineering, finance, logistics and contracting. The organisation has locations around the UK and abroad, with its main headquarters in Bristol.

Our Board plays a key role in the governance of DE&S, providing strategic advice and direction to the organisation and its executive team. The Board and its sub-committees also provide assurance on behalf of the Ministry of Defence that the organisation is well run and meets the requirements of Government, particularly the stewardship of public funds. With two of our NEDs retiring this year, we are looking to recruit a Systems and Digital NED and an Audit and Risk Committee (ARAC) Chair.

The Systems and Digital NED will underpin, support and specialise in the area of accelerated digital solutions, supplementing skills and experience already in place within the DE&S executive and Board. We are looking for a talented individual with experience in the pull through of cutting-edge digital technologies as well as the application and use of data science and AI to accelerate decision making and support effective Information and Knowledge Management. You will have demonstrable expertise in driving forward strategic initiatives at board or senior management levels and your experience of operating in high-technology industries (not necessarily defence) will foster diversity of thought at the forefront of the UK’s defence equipment programme.

The ARAC Chair will Act as the independent non-executive chair for the audit & risk assurance committee and report key findings and recommendations to the board working closely with the Finance Director, the wider Executive and DE&S’ auditors (the National Audit Office). Other key points of focus will include the review of internal controls and risk assurance as well as compliance, whistleblowing and Fraud. In the above areas you will play an integral role in the management and mitigation of key risk areas to DE&S, assisting and guiding the CEO in forming judgements and supporting co-ordinated plans for risk management, assisting with business strategy. For this appointment, we welcome applicants with functional skillsets across Finance, Audit Management, Safety and Risk. Prior membership of an Audit and Risk Committee will be considered beneficial and an appreciation of digital and technology enabled sectors, strategic supply chain management and operational logistics is desirable.

For both appointments, the successful candidates will be strategic, independent thinkers with the ability to look across a broad range of activity to spot common themes. Open and approachable to all staff irrespective of grade, you will take a  collegiate approach with fellow board members to lead meaningful change in the organisation and you will have the ability to balance support and challenge to the DE&S executives. If you are excited about the opportunity to be part of a critical Government body and at the forefront of the UK’s defence equipment programme, we would encourage you to apply for one of these roles.

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Recruitment Table

Closing Date
23:59pm - Friday 7th October 2022

Longlist Meeting
Thursday 20th October 2022 (TBC)

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson

Shortlist Meeting
Tuesday 22nd November 2022

Final Interviews
Thursday 8th and Monday 12th December 2022

How to apply

All applicants are required to provide a CV and supporting statement (of no more than 2 pages).

Your statement should explain how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence to your suitability for the role, with reference to the essential criteria laid out in the person specification above.

If you are unable to apply online, or have any issues with the online application process, please contact 

Applications must be submitted by 23:59pm on Friday 7th October 2022.

If you would like to discuss the roles in more detail before submitting an application please contact:

As part of the application process, you are asked to complete a Diversity Monitoring questionnaire included in the Candidate Brief. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the characteristics, you have the option to select 'prefer not to say' but completion of the form is an essential part of the process and your application will not be considered complete without it.  The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards the Civil Service becoming the most inclusive employer by 2020. See the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for more information.


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