Job Description Summary This is a genuinely exciting time to join the Ministry of Defence. If you want to be at the heart of real Defence issues delivering against one of the Department's top three priorities as set by the Defence Board, we have a range of exciting opportunities to join the Defence Nuclear Organisation (DNO). Not only will successful candidates get to work on a high profile and distinctive portfolio which is rarely out of the news, you will also get a unique insight into the fascinating world of nuclear. Established in April 2016, as part of recommendations set out in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the DNO was set up to oversee all aspects of nuclear business within the MOD. The Director General Nuclear is responsible for all submarines (from buying them through to disposal when they reach the end of their life), nuclear warheads, skills, related infrastructure and day-to-day nuclear policy. Our mission is to keep safe and capable submarines at sea today and in the future. We need a capable and credible nuclear deterrent to successfully deter the most extreme threats to our national security and way of life. Defence Nuclear consists of the people, equipment and infrastructure required to make that happen. Within DNO, the Warhead Directorate leads the UK nuclear warhead programme which provides a stockpile of reliable, safe and effective nuclear warheads to support the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent now and in the future. The Warhead Programme provides an extensive investment in our research and production facilities, science and engineering skills and safety and security infrastructure worth £20bn over the period 2005-2025. This investment will ensure our ability to maintain our current warheads and enable the production of a replacement warhead in future. The Warhead Directorate has staff based in MOD Main Building, MOD Abbey Wood (Bristol), Aldermaston (Reading) and HM Naval Base Clyde (Scotland). This post can be based at either Abbey Wood or Aldermaston with travel expected between sites. Post Responsibilities: This post is responsible for leading a team of eight, providing safety and quality assurance across the Warhead Directorate. The post holder will work closely with groups within the Warhead Directorate, and stakeholders across the Nuclear Weapon Programme.
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