Proposed Salary £25,383 A Year
Career Level Managerial
Experience Less Than 1 Year
Qualifications Master's Degree
Cost Assurance & Analysis Service (CAAS) is looking for enthusiastic, driven individuals to undertake an innovative 2-year development scheme, providing students with a strong background in Estimating and its specialisms.
The ECDS provides individuals with an excellent introduction into Estimating. With a highly competitive starting salary, excellent benefits and dedicated expert trainers, this scheme offers a supportive and structured career pathway into the MOD and its delivery agencies.
CAAS has a proud heritage which dates back over 100 years to World War One when it was formed to prevent the munitions industry from overcharging the Government. The complexities of equipment procurement forced the government at the time to recruit its own technical cost engineers into the Civil Service, to advise commercial colleagues what non-competed contract prices should be paid to industry. This forms the heart of the purpose of CAAS.
Today, the CAAS team of circa 300 Cost Engineers, Cost Estimators, Cost Modellers Schedulers, Risk Analysts, efficiency & benefits experts and accountants provide expert independent costing advice to enable the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to make effective business decisions on procurement, support and wider Cost Management. CAAS provides dedicated teams to independently support customers across the MOD, including Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), Information & Support Systems (ISS), Head Office and the Front-Line Commands (FLCs).
CAAS is geographically dispersed around the UK with offices close to or within sites of key Defence Industrial Suppliers.
CAAS as the Cost Management lead within MOD, is looking to build on its current numbers of Estimators to further expand and develop the capability within defence.
Successful candidates will be assigned a Normal Duty Station (NDS) at one of the locations advertised (Bristol, Corsham, Sutton Coldfield, Manchester, Barrow or Rosyth) with the potential to undertake placements at other locations.
It is expected that all staff will work full time and be available for regular training in Bristol for the first 6 months of the scheme. After this alternative working patterns will be considered.
The 2-year pathway provides a balanced mix of work placements across CAAS; on the job training; mentoring and formal training to become a practitioner and leading to a level of expertise that will position you well within the business to further your career in Estimating.
The ECDS begins with an initial 12 months developing broad Estimating skills, spending time with different business areas across CAAS and with the potential to work at various locations across the UK. Candidates will be assessed during the scheme, candidates will undertake study through classroom sessions, on shoulder tuition, case studies and independent study.
This will be followed by a year advancing your capability in either Cost Estimating, Cost Modelling, Scheduling and/or Risk Analysis, undertaking a variety of tasks to develop your skills to enable you to undertake products independently. Students will have the opportunity to gain internal recognition of their development through Knowledge Based Assessments.
More information on the specialisms can be found in the file Additional Information: Specialisms Overview at the end of the advert.
At the end of the scheme, successful applicants will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your suitability to operate at a C2 level in a discipline. Successful candidates will receive promotion to C2 and be deployed into a permanent role based on their specialism.
To join us you will be required to have:
A degree or HND in a Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) based subject and/or;
A higher national apprentice in a relevant STEM area and/or;
3 A2 Levels Grades BBB or above in STEM based subjects and/or;
At least 1 year’s relevant data analysis experience (in lieu of formal qualifications).
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process: