MoD offers £290k for next DE&S chief

Bristol-based role is responsible for 11,000 staff at equipment and support agency
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By Jim Dunton

18 Oct 2021

Defence Equipment and Support is recruiting for a new chief executive officer and offering a salary of up to £290,000 for the Bristol-based role.

According to the Ministry of Defence executive agency’s most recently available accounts – which cover the 2019-20 financial year – current chief executive Sir Simon Bollom earned a salary bracketed at £275,000-£280,000. However he also received an annual performance award bracketed at £25,000-£30,000.

DE&S is a bespoke trading entity and the MoD’s largest professional project-delivery organisation. It delivers programmes of work to the value of £10bn every year and is responsible for 80% of the MoD’s most complex projects.

MoD permanent secretary David Williams said equipping the Armed  Forces was a “critical part” of delivering the government’s Integrated Review objectives and DE&S needed a talented leader who could “drive forward the delivery and sustainment of new, battle winning capabilities”.

“The scale and scope of DE&S work is vast, which makes it such an interesting organisation to be part of; projects range from highly complex, multinational procurements spanning decades, to urgent requirements delivered in a matter of days to the end user,” he said.

“We need an excellent leader who can set strategic direction, monitor delivery and take action where necessary. We need someone with a track record of successful delivery, who can think commercially and build constructive working relationships with leaders in our supply chain and across our allies.”

Williams added: “We need someone who can continue to build the capabilities within DE&S, creating a culture of empowerment and individual accountability and unlocking the full potential of the organisation.”

The application window for the job closes at 11.55pm on November 30.

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