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  • Public sector
  • 18/06/2024
  • £35290.00 /yearly
  • Permanent

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£35,290 yearly

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Job Description

MOD Boscombe Down

Job summary

This post is available for permanent appointment as a Civil Service (CS) Desk Officer at the Defence Aircrew Publications Squadron (DAPS).

DAPS comprises Assurance Flight, Delivery Flight and Performance Flight, each staffed with a mixture of military and Civil Service Higher Executive Officer Desk Officers.

DAPS provides Subject Matter Expertise (SME) on the content and management of Aircrew Publications, including hard and soft copies, of commercial publications and military specific publications for Air Systems (AS) of all three Services to the relevant Type Airworthiness Authority (TAA), provides TAAs with independent assurance assessing their Aircrew Publications against the pillars of Airworthiness, Air Safety and Fitness for Purpose and also provides support to all three Services on performance matters as required.

The position is advertised at 37 hours per week, although part-time hours would be considered. Managed hybrid working is an option, however regular attendance at the Squadron is essential to ensure Squadron output standards are maintained through regular review meetings and print copy reviews.

Job description

The primary task of a DAPS Desk Officer is to own, and maintain, DAPSs relationships with the AS user community, the Release to Service Authority and the AS Delivery Team. The Desk Officer will be required to provide SME advice and guidance on the maintenance and effective management of Aircrew Publications for specific AS according to their background, along with through life assurance of the publications and processes. They may also be responsible for the authoring of publications where no other Publication Organization exists.

The job requires the Desk Officer to become conversant with the TAAs document set and its origins, and have a strong awareness of the operational and regulatory environment in which it is used.

Desk Officers will be required to communicate verbally, in meetings, by email, or by written assessment depending on the requirement; therefore the successful applicant will have good communication skills and be able to produce a coherent auditable argument supporting any advised course of action.

Desk Officer advice is also required to support the introduction of new AS which may involve early engagement in the procurement process for each new AS.

The job requires the successful applicant to liaise with technical staff in industry, as well as Service personnel, so travel within the UK is to be expected. There may be a need for limited overseas travel.

Person specification

The candidate must have a good knowledge of the role of the Air System Document Set in the maintenance of Airworthiness and Air Safety in the Defence Aviation Environment. This might have been obtained as aircrew, within industry or a Delivery Team, or within an aviation engineering organisation. Good communication skills are essential, including the ability to draft documents for aircrew or briefs for Senior Officers, using clear, concise English.

The ability to review performance information, including revisions and amendments to new and extant aircrew publications may be an advantage and would require some numeric competence and mathematical analytical skills.

This role may be suited to an individual with experience in the use of, or assessment of, Aircrew Publications. An inquiring attitude and the ability to make evidence-based judgements is essential.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Leadership
Alongside your salary of £35,290, Ministry of Defence contributes £9,528 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

The post does not offer relocation expenses.

External recruits who join the MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a six-month probation period.

Please Note: Expenses incurred for travel to interviews will not be reimbursed.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

Any move to MOD from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

The Ministry of Defence is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its staff which includes educating them on the benefits of not smoking, protecting them from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and supporting those who want to give up smoking. Under the Smoke-Free Working Environment policy, Smoking and the use of all tobacco products (including combustible and chewing tobacco products) will not be permitted anywhere in the Defence working environment however some exemptions are in place, please refer to local guidance. The policy is Whole Force and includes all Defence personnel, contractors, visitors and other non-MOD personnel. All applicants seeking, considering, or accepting employment with the Ministry of Defence should be aware of this policy and that it is already in place at a number of Defence Establishments.

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Where business needs allow, some roles may be suitable for a combination of office and home-based working. This is a non-contractual arrangement where all office-based employees will be expected to spend a minimum of 60% of their working time in office, subject to capacity and any required workplace adjustments. Requirements to attend other locations for official business, or work in another MOD office, will also count towards this level of attendance. Applicants can request further information regarding how this may work in their team from the Vacancy Holder (see advert for contact details). Defence Business Services cannot respond to any questions about working arrangements.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

Please apply online by the closing date, providing detail of your experience and suitability for the role. A sift of all applications will then take place, with those candidates suitable for interview will be contacted to arrange a date for an interview at DAPS.

Candidates will be required to provide CV details to include: job history and previous relevant skills and experience.  

At interview, you will be assessed against the following Success Profiles Behaviours:

  • Changing and Improving 
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Leadership

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. If you need to advise us that you need additional help or reasonable adjustments for the recruitment process, please contact: [email protected] .

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.

The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

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Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
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Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan (opens in a new window) and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (opens in a new window).
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Recruitment team

Further information

Please ensure you read the attached candidate information document prior to completing your application. If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received from DBS, or believe that DBS has failed to follow the recruitment process in line with the Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition, you can raise a formal complaint by writing to DBS at the following address: Defence Business Services, Scanning Hub, Room 6124, Tomlinson House, Norcross Lane, Blackpool, FY5 3WP. If after raising your complaint with DBS you remain dissatisfied you can complain directly to the Civil Service Commission at the following address: , Civil Service commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ Or by email: [email protected].


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