Head of Defence Operations

Our client is currently recruiting for a Head of Defence Operations to join their existing team at their office in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear. The successful candidate will be responsible for delivery of the portfolio of operations and projects

Please also be aware that you will need to undergo a high level of security clearance also therefore you must be prepared to undergo this.


Head of Defence Operations Responsibilities:

  • You will work in a team of 5 and manage 4 direct reports within the operations team.
  • Line management and further training of staff when needed, completing appraisals, disciplinaries, organizing holiday cover and general management duties.
  • You will be responsible for providing business intelligence to senior stakeholders, authoring board reports and representing the interests of the company.
  • As the Head of Operations you are required to be the project management and business change champion for the company.
  • You will also be required to fulfill the role of Export Controller, Head of the Office of Airworthiness for the companys approved authorities and accreditations under the Military Aviation Authority.
  • The main parts to the role are Operations Management and Project Management, ensuring that the production is running smoothly, addressing any issues, closely monitoring time constraints and making sure that all tasks are completed on time and to budget.

Head of Defence Operations Requirements:

  • The successful candidate must be educated to degree level or comparable level of experience.
  • Knowledge of engineering or involvement with providing operational support, engineering, technology, manufacturing or related projects and programmes throughout their entire lifecycle.
  • Familiar with electronic warfare, army communications equipment or Counter IED would be advantageous.
  • Good working knowledge of project management and the processes involved.
  • Understanding of the principles of operations management.
  • It would be advantageous if you have worked in MoD, Armed Forces or Defence Equipment & Support.
  • Experience of working in a management position, with direct budgetary responsibility for business-as-usual, operational, project and training tasks.

Job manager

Emma Saxton

Senior Recruitment Consultant

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