This is an exciting and challenging role, with senior leadership responsibility, offering you the opportunity to deliver strategic defence export campaigns, which are vital for national security and prosperity. The work involves frequent contact with Ministers, senior industry and overseas stakeholders, cross-government engagement, and travel (sometimes at short notice) within the UK and abroad.
Current key campaigns that the post holder will be in charge of on behalf of Director Economic Security & Prosperity include Eurofighter Typhoon to Qatar and Belgium, future UK involvement in F-35 Global Support and various high value complex weapon campaigns.
You will work closely with organisations outside Government, with MOD colleagues, including Front Line Commands, with the Department for International Trade as well as other Government Departments and Agencies to advise Ministers and the Department on how MOD should support Defence Exports and the UK Defence Industry.
Exports have a strong link to Defence Engagement, allowing the UK to benefit from shared capabilities, development costs and enhanced interoperability. The post holder will be required to identify opportunities to engage with other nations, to share experiences, knowledge and build a productive dialogue with UK industry and the Department for International Trade. Where potential exports involve equipment in-service with the UK armed Forces, or programmes in development, MOD can be a source of unique support that may be a key discriminator in the eyes of the customer. This support can include direct engagement with the customer by Ministers and senior officials, supporting industry with the development of bid proposals, provision of expert military advice and/or assets for demonstrations, support to equipment evaluation; and the provision of training.
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
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Sift/interview dates and location
At this stage, the expected timetable is:
Advert Closing Date 9:00AM 6th December 2017
Short List Meeting 14th December 2017
Assessments W/C 8th and 15th January 2018
Interviews W/C 22nd January 2018
Please note it may not be possible to offer alternative dates for either the assessments or interview.