STEM Returners Programme - Systems Engineering

  • Job Reference: 00010123-1
  • Date Posted: 28 July 2022
  • Recruiter: DE&S
  • Location: Filton, Bristol
  • Salary: £32,500 to £35,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: Flexible working, full-time, job-share and part-time work patterns
  • Sector: Engineering, Government, I.T. & Communications, Engineering > Computer Engineering, Technology and IT, Public Sector
  • Job Type: Full Time Flex, Part Time Flex, Flexi Time, Super Flex, Job Shares
  • Duration: Ongoing
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

STEM Returners Programme - Systems Engineering
Filton, Bristol
£32,500 - £35,000 per annum (plus benefits inc. around 27% pension contribution)
Flexible working, full-time, job-share and part-time work patterns available

Have you taken a career break from an engineering role? Are you keen to re-enter the world of work? Join Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) on a structured STEM Returners programme that will support and upskill you to become a confident systems or safety engineer.

We’re offering support, mentoring and training to develop your skills and empower you to make a big difference to the UK Armed Forces by solving complex problems to ensure they are equipped with resilient, capable, safe to operate equipment that is sustainably procured and supported.

Our Engineering function promotes an inclusive workforce that inspires, attracts and retains people from diverse backgrounds, reflects the society in which we live, and improves social mobility. We know from the COVID-19 experience that personal that factors such as hybrid and flexible working are no barrier for collaboration, teamwork, and success. Through this programme, it’s our goal to make a fulfilling career accessible to all.

About the scheme

  • Specialism: Systems engineering
  • Location: Filton, Bristol
  • Scheme duration: 6 months (plus opportunity to extend)
  • Start date: February 2023

Our scheme has been designed to build confidence as you re-enter the world of work, bridging any gaps in technical knowledge, and incorporating training workshops to develop soft skills, all while supporting and preparing you to apply for a permanent role with us. We know people develop at different rates, so we'll also support you to apply for a permanent role with us during the scheme, if you feel comfortable to do so.

About you

To be successful with your application, you'll need to show you meet the following essential criteria:

  • Been on a career break for two years or more
  • Experience of providing technical advice and delivery of successful engineering outcomes.
  • Level 4 qualification (e.g. a Higher National Certificate) or above in an engineering discipline

The benefits

Our careers offer hybrid working, time-banking, stability, retail discounts, training, progression, a market-leading pension of 27% – and much more! Discover more about what we offer in the DE&S Little Book of Big Benefits -

At DE&S, you’ll benefit from access to a wide range of employee networks, including the Women in Engineering Network, Parents Network, Race & Culture Network, Pride Network, and many more, offering the chance to join a supportive network of colleagues, allies, and thought leaders.

This programme particularly welcomes applications from female returners, supporting our aim to address the gender imbalance that’s recognised within STEM careers and within the defence sector. However, recognising that career breaks for parental care or personal reasons are not exclusive to women, we invite applicants of all genders to apply.

We’re currently promoting a range of STEM Returners Programmes. Visit our website to discover more.

Ready to see where your ambition will lead you? Apply today.


Applications close: Sunday 14th August 2022