Connecting Talent to opportunity

Connecting Talent to opportunity

Engineering Skills Lead


Job Description:

This post offers an opportunity to gain a wide perspective on the business, our people and policies. You will interact regularly with senior management, delivery teams and our engineers, with visibility of the work going on within, and across, Operating Centres and the wider DE&S business. Working as Skills Lead, you will gain experience of shaping engineering skills policy and, most importantly, support the career development of our professional engineers.

You will be expected to balance the business need of delivering the right quantity and quality of Engineers, at the right time, to the maintain our outputs, with individual career aspirations and personal development opportunities for our people, at the forefront, to ensure DE&S remains 'A Great Place to Work'.

Please note some attendance to the stated site may be required for this position.


As our Engineering Skills Lead, you will work with delivery teams and the business to understand and assess future demand signals whilst using your engineering and technical expertise to address and provide solutions to ensure the skills need of the business are met. This is a highly strategic role that requires a strong engineering background with demonstrable people skills.

Key responsibilities will include:

* Working with delivery teams and the business to analyse future programmes of work and technological advancement to anticipate the likely demand signals for skills
* Undertaking strategic succession planning to develop appropriate training solutions to meet the evolving skills demand of the business
* Analysing training requirements for scarce skillsets, driving forward development initiatives to improve the skills base of the engineering workforce
* Establishing a mechanism for delivering targeted engineering training programmes using different providers
* Identifying and managing future entry talent requirements, guiding the development of the graduate and apprenticeship programmes
* Championing the implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives and organisational strategies to make Engineering an inclusive and representative workforce
* Working with stakeholders across the organisation to cohere capability development initiatives with the strategic level intent of the organisation
* Working with technical leads to develop communities of interest and foster information exchange across our technical disciplines to support the development of Engineers

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

* You will hold a Bachelor's degree (i.e., Level 6 qualification) in an Engineering or Science subject, or demonstrate significant suitable experience
* You will be a member of a relevant Professional Engineering/Science Institutions or equivalent body, at Incorporated Level or higher, whilst providing evidence of your commitment to professional development of yourself and others
* You will have a proven record of people management, with demonstrable experience of driving the development of technical staff and building and leading high performing, multi-discipline teams
* You will have the ability to manage organisational complexity, and be able to balance the day-to-day tactical activities with the strategic intent of the business
* You will have evidence of managing conflicting stakeholders to deliver successful technical outcomes

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

* Evidence of supporting the technical development of engineers within a complex organisation
* An awareness of Engineering technological developments across a broad spectrum of disciplines

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

* Improve Engineering Capability
* Stakeholder and Comms Management
* Leadership
* Changing and improving

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the EUSS
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
  • Job Type

    Permanent, Full Time

  • Work Authorisation


  • Industry Sector Other