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14 June 2013 | Adam Leach
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is embarking on its largest procurement-focused recruitment drive to bring in up to 180 staff to buy everything from helmets to helicopters, it has revealed.
The campaign is the largest recruitment of buyers in the department’s history and will cover almost every level of seniority. The majority of the roles are within the MoD’s purchasing arm Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), which has an annual spend of around £15 billion, with the remaining positions in the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).
Les Mosco, commercial director at the MoD, told SM: “This is the most complex and challenging procurement environment I have ever seen. For those serious about being professional and working to make a difference, this is as good as it gets.”
The campaign, which will be conducted over the next 12 months, will aim to bring in personnel from both the public and private sectors. The roles will be based at a range of MoD offices, including Abbey Wood in Bristol, Andover in Hampshire, and RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire. Some of the roles being recruited for will be to fill positions made vacant as a result of retirements and voluntary early release.
DE&S is responsible for the purchasing of military supplies and equipment to support operations around the world, including the current campaign in Afghanistan. The DIO, which has an annual spend of around £3 billion, is responsible for the upkeep of the UK’s second largest land estate.
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