Working for DE&S

We are responsible for equipping and supporting the UK's armed forces for current and future operations.

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is a bespoke trading entity, an arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Employing around 12,500 people and with a budget of £14 billion, DE&S plays a vital role in maintaining military operational capability by acquiring and supporting a wide range of world class equipment and services

To achieve our goals, we need people with diverse backgrounds and disciplines. These include: project management, engineering, information technology, finance, procurement and logistics.

DE&S corporate video

For more information on working for DE&S please visit our new recruitment website.

Graduate and apprentice schemes

DE&S offers a number of top class graduate and apprenticeship opportunities, providing successful applicants with “hands-on” experience in roles across a range of projects.

If you have recently left school or university and are interested in embarking on a career in defence but do not yet have the experience/skills required for our listed vacancies, DE&S offers a number of top class graduate and apprenticeship opportunities, providing successful applicants with “hands-on” experience in roles across a range of projects.

More information on the range of graduate and apprentice opportunities DE&S has to offer is available here.

Rewards and benefits

In addition to the fantastic variety of cutting edge jobs and an excellent opportunity to develop skills through training, including working towards professional qualifications, we also provide first rate benefits for all of our employees. These include flexible working, excellent annual leave, maternity and paternity allowances as well as a very competitive pension scheme.

Our headquarters are based in Abbey Wood, Bristol and, like many other sites, boasts an impressive range of facilities including a fully equipped gym, an on site nursery, a range of restaurants and coffee bistros and a hairdressers.

We understand the commitments our staff have, both inside and outside of the office. Our aim is to provide you with a place of work which allows you the flexibility you require to maintain a great work/life balance.

Equality and diversity

DE&S is committed to embracing diversity: it is one of our core values. Irrespective of gender, marital status, race, religion, age, disability and without reference to social background or sexual orientation, DE&S operates an inclusive environment to allow you to develop your career.

Whether uniformed or civilian, we expect the attitudes of our people to reflect our approach to diversity by:

  • fostering a working environment where all staff feel comfortable, welcomed and valued for their contributions
  • promoting a workplace that values dignity, respect and fairness
  • promoting high standards of behaviour and complying with the law by creating equality of opportunity

To demonstrate our commitment, we are members of Stonewall, Race for Opportunity, Opportunity Now, The Employers Forum on Disability, The Employers Forum on Age, and we are also affiliated to a:gender.

Read more about equality and diversity in MOD.

How to apply

We are looking for innovative, talented, focused individuals to join us in being instrumental in defending Britain’s interest both at home and overseas.

DE&S provides the opportunity for a truly rewarding career, working on complex, interesting and often sensitive projects of great significance and consequence, with excellent training opportunities for your continued professional development.

If you would like to view all current vacancies across DE&S and the wider civil service, please visit the Civil Service Job Portal.

In addition, for an easy, hassle free way of keeping up to date with all the latest vacancies, you can now follow us on Twitter or like our page on Facebook.