Trials Support Team Member and Deputy Custody Holder


Location: Wiltshire

Job Type: Full time


About the job

Job summary

The PSG Trials Support Team is vital to the day to day business carried out by the rest of the group. In particular the armour capability conducts numerous energetic/explosive trials throughout the year and needs a dedicated team of suitably qualified and experienced people, resources and facilities to support them. This role will primarily be supporting the group’s Explosive Custody Holder, understanding what explosive materials Dstl is holding, the system for managing storage and transportation, and carrying out regular checks, audits and inspections. Secondary to this will be as a team member looking after trials kits, tools, instrumentation etc.

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution.

We particularly welcome female, ethnic minority and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl at these levels.

Job description

In this role you will:

Deputise for the Custody Holder, which includes (but is not limited to):

  • Have effective control over the transfer of explosives;
  • Be an essential link in the acquisition or purchase of explosives;
  • Act as focus for safety, security and technical information of explosives in his/her custody during their life cycle, including storage and transportation
  • Ensure compliance with the relevant regulations for the marking, packaging, storage, receipt and issue of explosives.
  • Ensure periodic surveillance testing is undertaken, where applicable.
  • Carry out regular reviews of bans and constraint (quarantine) notices and inform the Dstl Explosives Account Manager of any issues or notices to be complied with.
  • Keep accurate and complete documentation.

Person specification

We are looking for someone who has:

A good understanding of munitions and explosives

The ability to keep records and registers up to date and tidy

A desire to learn, improve and support others

Technical Skills



Ammunition Awareness.


Explosive Custody Holder (training will be given)



Storekeeping. Weapons Awareness


Weapons Awareness


The candidate should have a working knowledge of explosives and munitions and be able to demonstrate the ability to account for any holdings and usage of such items


The candidate should be an experienced storekeeper


Have experience of handling explosives and munitions.


Store person trained


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing


Alongside your salary of £21,333, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory contributes £5,759 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.


Dstl’s full range of great benefits can be found in the information pack which includes:

  • Financial: An excellent pension scheme starting from 26% employer contribution (find out more here). In Year Rewarding Achievement bonuses and thank you vouchers. Rental deposit scheme and cycle to work scheme.

  • Flexible working: Options include alternative working patterns such as; compressed hours (e.g. working a 4 day week/ 9 day fortnight), job shares and annualised hours (agreed number of hours per annum paid monthly i.e. working term-time only).

  • Working hours: Flexibility around your working day (e.g. start time, finish time). Ability to bank hours in a 12 month reference period including the ability to accrue and use 3 days per calendar month.

  • Where you work: Depending on your role, blended working may be available including remote working to suit you and your team. This can be discussed at interview.

  • Annual leave: 25 days pro rata (rising to 30 after 5 years) plus 8 public holidays with the ability to buy/sell 5 additional days per annum.

  • Family: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks with full pay, an additional 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid

  • Learning and Development: Dstl encourages and supports charterships, accreditations and provides employees access to fully funded apprenticeships up to level 7 (Masters Degree). Dstl will pay for 2 memberships with relevant bodies/institutions. Employees also have access to Civil Service Learning.

  • Facilities: Onsite parking, EV Charging points, restaurants, cafés and gyms.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

A sift will take place from the 9th October and interviews will be held from Monday 23rd October.

If selected the candidate will be expected to answer questions, both technical and behavioural, at interview.

We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team and we will do all we can to support you.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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