DIO - Senior Blast Effects Engineer

The Ministry of Defence
Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Whittington Barracks, Whittington, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9PY
Closing date
8 Nov 2021

About the job Summary

Join the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and have a future that matters: Be proud; Be challenged; Be unique.

Job description

The Challenge
Do you want a job where every day is different?

Does providing specialist construction advice about explosives, weapons, ballistics & counter terrorism sound exciting?

If your answer is yes, then DIO is the place for you.

Working for DIO and joining an integral part of the UK’s Defence will allow you to support several diverse and unique projects daily. Recently, £200M has been invested into infrastructure to enable the state of the art F-35 Lighting II to take flight, whilst keeping the base full operational. These are once in a lifetime projects where your input can make a real difference.

As a Weapons Effects on Structures Engineer, the main task will be providing specialist construction advice to clients on MoD works that are subject to weapons effects such as blast, fragmentation, shock & ballistics in the principal subject areas of:
• Explosives Storage & Processing Facilities,
• Counter Terrorist Measures (for domestic buildings),
• Hardened Structures (war HQ, bunkers, protective shelters),
• Force Protection (e.g. Hardened Accommodation in Theatre) - Support to the Royal Engineers,
• Physical security (e.g. Armouries, secure rooms, fences & barriers).

We employ approximately 4,900 staff from a very diverse range of professions, and we work across the world; in Germany, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands, Norway, Poland, Kenya, Belize, Nepal and Oman.


Main Responsibilities

The post holder will be accountable to the Head of the Weapons Effects on Structures (WES) team who holds technical responsibilities in the following 'Weapons Effects' subject areas:

• To represent MoD on legislative, industry and MoD committees.
• To produce & promulgate MoD Policy & technical standards
• To provide specialist input to works Projects in accordance with published Policy.
• To carry out research & development in support of the above.
• To carry out Audits & Assurance both internally to MOD and externally.
• To direct the work of specialist consultants.
• To maintain MoD’s specialist Library & records concerning weapon effects on building structures.
• To mentor and lead support staff when required.

The post holder will be responsible for ensuring adherence to all agreed DIO processes & operating procedures and will be required to work collaboratively with all parts of the organisation and to facilitate appropriate DIO interfaces.

Desirable Experience & Skills
• Qualification: Formal qualification ideally at Masters level in Weapons Effects on Structures
• Membership: Member of the Institute of Explosives Engineers (MIExpE)
• Experience: Military Hardened Structures (HS)
• Experience: Force Protection Engineering (FPE)

Travel Requirements
Travel is expected of this role to visit multiple MOD and other sites across the UK and overseas locations in line with business need. It should be noted that some locations are particularly remote and travel to them can be difficult.

Whilst the DIO Weapons Effects on Structures Team are based in Whittington, depending on the successful candidate knowledge & experience in the technical subject areas of the post we may be able offer a flexible base location for this role and if appropriate, we may be able to make another location your duty station.

The successful candidate will, however, be required to attend at Whittington if and when the need arises.

Work location will be agreed once the successful candidate has been selected.


Full UK Driving Licence is essential. The job requires travel to remote areas that do not have good public transport links or locally available taxi services


Essential: Professionally Chartered Engineer (CEng) in either Civil or Structural Engineering.


• Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) or Institute of Structural Engineers (MIStructE) or equivalent.
• Member of the Register of Security Engineers & Specialists (RSES).


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

  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing


We enable our people to work at the right place, with the right people, at the right time.

We believe that if we look after our people, they will be passionate about delivering great things for our customers.

We understand the importance of life outside of work and our industry leading flexible working practices, digital technology and modern workspaces will give you the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work-life balance.

The MOD Discover My Benefits page lists the full set of benefits. Some of the many benefits you will receive include:
• Highly competitive Pension Scheme
• Flexi-time scheme
• Alternative working practices such as working from home
• 25 days annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years’ service
• Ability to roll over up to 10 days annual leave per year
• In addition to 8 public holidays per year you will also receive leave for HM The Queen’s birthday
• Minimum of 15 Days Special Leave in a rolling 12-month period to for volunteer military or emergency service reserve commitments
• Special Paid Leave for volunteering up to 6 days a year
• Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
• Employee Assistance Programme to support your wellbeing
• Most sites have good travel links with free car parking; many also have other facilities such as a Sports & Social Club, Gym and / or site shops

Learning & Development
• Professional and Personal Development of skills
• Access to thousands of training courses through Civil Service Learning, some free or paid by DIO
• Ability to obtain industry recognised qualifications supported by DIO

About DIO
DIO is passionate about ensuring that we are a top performing organisation and a great place to work. We host a diverse range of talent where everyone feels valued and supported enabling our people to thrive, bring greater creativity and innovation to achieve higher organisational performance. We are committed to be an equal opportunities employer and creating a culture where everyone can bring their whole self to work and individuality is truly appreciated.
We promote and support a range of flexible working patterns enabling staff to balance home and work responsibilities.

This culture of inclusion is underpinned by our 6 staff networks covering Disability, Faith and Belief, Gender Equality, LGBTQI+, Race, Social Mobility and 3 networks dealing with employee wellbeing and support: Speak Safe Volunteers, Mental Health First Aiders and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisers.

Our staff, future and current will be guided by the 4 Cs and we encourage you to be curious and continuously strive for improvement, collaborative in an inclusive culture, ambitious and resilient and committed to Defence, empowered and able to challenge so you can play a key part in shaping the direction of our organisation.

DIO commits to offer its employees the following experience:
• Meaningful, purposeful work
• The ability to learn and grow
• The right opportunities and resources
• To care about your wellbeing
• To feel valued and included

DIO is the estate expert for Defence, supporting the armed forces to enable military capability by planning, building, maintaining, and servicing infrastructure.

Our responsibilities include:
• Plan and deliver major capital projects and lifecycle refurbishment
• Provide utilities services
• Manage soft facilities management (i.e. cleaning and catering)
• Provide a safe place to train
• Allocate Service Families Accommodation
• Procure and manage routine maintenance and reactive repair
• Provide a central register of asset information to advise infrastructure planning
• Act as steward of the Defence estate
• Provide the unarmed guarding service

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is the estate expert for Defence, supporting the armed forces to enable military capability by planning, building, maintaining, and servicing infrastructure.

Employment Hours
The post advertised is for 37 hours net, however the Ministry of Defence offers a range of flexibilities to enable a better work-life balance for employees. Flexible working and Compressed hours will be considered.

The post also attracts a non-pensionable Recruitment & Retention Allowance (RRA) of £3000 per Anum on top of the basic salary.

This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances

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.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

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.

Please ensure that at the application and interview stages of the campaign you review the Success Profiles Framework to assist you in the demonstration of your skills and experience.

Your suitability for the role will be assessed using the Success Profile elements that have been chosen for this campaign. Each element will be scored accordingly, and the successful candidate will be appointed on merit.

Applications will be sifted on all Success Profile elements, but in the event of a significant number of applications, an initial sift will be conducted on Experience (CV - including Essential Memberships, Qualifications and Licences and Personal Statement).

In this instance the remaining elements will be tested at interview

At application you will be assessed against the following:

• CV - Detailing Job History and Full Qualification Details

• Personal Statement - In no more than 1250 words please provide a personal statement detailing the following Essential Experience:
1. Give an overview (including descriptions & examples of projects) of your experience of working on the following:
• Explosives Storage & Processing Facilities and their Licensing (ES).
• Counter Terrorist Measures (CTM).
• Construction aspects of Physical Security (PhysSy).

2. Describe your experience of blast analysis methods (external to & internally within buildings) and of the typical design codes, manuals (e.g. UFC 3-340-01 & 02) and computer packages you have used (e.g. ConWEP). Provide examples of projects on which you have used the above.

3. Describe your experience of working with the principal Legislative, MoD Policy and supporting documents covering the subject areas listed at Point 3 (e.g. The Explosives Regulations 2014, DSA 03.OME Part 2 (Formerly JSP 482) - Defence Code of Practice (DCOP) for In-Service and Operational Safety Management of OME & JSP440 ‘The Defence Manual of Security’).

At interview you will be assessed against the above along with the following:

• Leadership
• Communicating & Influencing
• Making Effective Decisions

• Candidates who are successful at application sift will be expected to deliver a short (10 min) presentation on the day of the interview. The subject matter will be relevant to the post and disclosed on the day of the interview.

Short Calculation
• Candidates who are successful at application sift will be asked to undertake a short calculation on Weapons Effects to further demonstrate their knowledge and technical suitability for the post.

Application sifting is scheduled to take place on week commencing: 1st November 2021

Interviews are currently taking place remotely and will be conducted week commencing: Monday 8th November 2021

A minimum of 2 full working days’ notice will be provided for interviews. We endeavour to stick to these dates, but these are subject to change around business needs.

For help and support with your application check out our

Civil Service Careers Homepage and the How to apply section

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

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 European Union Settlement Scheme (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

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code 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.

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.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Paul Friend Email :   paul.friend658@mod.gov.uk Telephone :   07771 500924   Recruitment team : Email :   DBSCivPers-DIOResourcing@mod.gov.uk Further information

Applicants should monitor their Civil Service Jobs application centre regularly for updates.

Some of MoD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3 February 2014. Those TACOS changes applied to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who were new recruits to MoD or who were appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. On the same basis, the TACOS for Departmental Retained Grades changed with effect from 01 September 2014. The document attached to this advertisement provides more information.

All employees joining MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from the employment start date.

Any move to Ministry of Defence 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 www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

If you need to contact Defence Business Services (DBS) regarding this vacancy, please contact the DIO Enhanced Recruitment Team on DBSCivPers-DIOResourcing@mod.gov.uk


Please be aware that the selection and interviewing of applicants is the responsibility of the Recruiting Line Manager (RLM) and not the Defence Business Services (DBS) Resourcing team. DBS do not play any part in the selection and interview process.

Therefore, if you wish to discuss your feedback, or you are dissatisfied with your markings, you should in the first instance raise this with the Recruiting Line Manager of the vacancy.

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, PO Box 38, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7NU

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: info@csc.gov.uk

Cabinet Office Fraud Checks

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant whose details are found to be held on the IFD will be refused employment

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Travel Costs

There will be no reimbursement for any travel expenses for the interview.


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