Warship Support ILS

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This role sits within the Type 26 Combat Ship Programme. The T26 is the new class of combat ship being built for the Royal Navy, which is currently in the design stage. The design and build is taking place in Scotland and it will be supported through life in Portsmouth.

The ILS team is looking at producing the ILS plans for the ship, and this specific team is looking after the spares ranging, scaling, and modelling of spares for both on-ship, and test equipment.

There are around 70 systems on board, all of these have sub-systems, and some have sub-sub-systems. For all of these items, there must be a plan produced detailing what spares are needed, how many, what the cost is, what the training needs are for the person to fit the spares, how you will transport and store the spares, and whether spares should be kept on the ship or in stores – this is ranging and scaling.
This information will then be inputted into a system called Opus-10, which produces an S-model/ curve from which the ILS Engineer will produce reports on what levels of spares are needed.

The team also looks at NATO codification. Around 70% of the 10,000 spares have to be codified, which means keeping a register of the part including all of the details of it (size, maintenance data, reliability data, when it’ll fail etc). This person will be doing this in the role. The data needed to codify can come from suppliers, designers, customers, or gained from their own engineering knowledge and investigation, so there will be lots of stakeholder interaction.

Key responsibilities of this role

  • Producing and maintaining the Initial Provisioning Lists and supporting evidence
  • Producing spares modelling and ranging & scaling activities within the scope of the contract requirements in close liaison with all work streams
  • Monitoring obsolescence issues across the range of Type 26 systems
  • Development of NATO Codification activities within the scope of the contract requirements in close liaison with all work streams
  • Review and comment on suitability of supplier ILS data deliverables
  • Identify potential risks to the supplier programme/content and provide potential remedial actions
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement opportunities to reduce costs and enhance the effectiveness of both Supply Support activities and the overall Project
  • Produce Spares Reports that validate the level of recommended Spares
  • Produce Support and Test Equipment Reports that validate the level of recommended Support and Test Equipment
  • Produce Insurance Spares Report that validates the level of recommended Insurance spares
  • Identify Packaging, Handling, Storage and Transportation requirements relating to Spares and Support and Test Equipment
  • Identify risks and opportunities relating to Supply Support activities

What makes this role interesting?

  • Working on one of the largest, most complex, and high profile engineering programmes in the country.
  • As the programme is still in the design stage, this person can have a real impact on the ship.

What are the career development opportunities for this role?

  • Engineering career framework across Engineering which gives people opportunities to progress sideways and upwards across the wider business.
  • Martin will be looking to move one person into a Senior role to create a hierarchy, so opportunity for promotion.

Essential Skills required for this role:

  • Experience gained from one or more of the following backgrounds:
  • Maritime or other complex engineering business (Defence, Rail, Aerospace, Automotive, etc.) i.e.:
  • Commercial ships Support or Maintenance engineering
  • Aviation Support engineering
  • Draughtsperson/designer
  • Technical author or Illustrator

Desirable Skills required for this role:

  • Experience in the marine/ ship building industry
  • Use and management of Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), preferably Unit
  • Maintenance Management System (UMMS) as used in the Royal Navy.

What Soft Skills/Characteristics are required to be successful in this role?

  • Comfortable interacting regularly with stakeholders such as customers and suppliers.
  • This role needs someone who is persistent and will persevere in order to gain information from stakeholders.
  • Relationship building skills.


  • Degree/HNC/HND or equivalent experience in an Engineering discipline (desirable)
  • Qualified to HNC/ HND/ Degree level or equivalent in engineering discipline


Companies: BAE Systems
Locations: Portsmouth (Hampshire)

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