Chief Executive, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory

Porton Down, Salisbury
£86,000 - £162,000
23 Jun 2017
20 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) providing scientific, technical and analytical solutions and advice to frontline armed forces, wider MOD and wider Government. Dstl works closely with private sector, other public sector partners and allied governments to provide support to some of the most challenging decisions made on matters of defence and security.

Dstl is the largest public sector research establishment in the UK, with an annual turnover of some £600M and over 3,800 employees who operate across a diverse range of specialisms including information technologies, materials, explosives, and chemical and biological defence.

We are seeking a new Chief Executive (CE) to succeed the current incumbent who is retiring. The CE will lead a complex science and technology organisation with many key strategic and international relationships to manage, and some unique delivery challenges. Working closely with the Chair and Board, the CE provides the leadership and will set the direction for Dstl.

We are open-minded about where applicants are currently working and welcome applications from people with:

  • Proven leadership experience in a large, complex environment;
  • A strong science and engineering background;
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, able to build strong relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at the most senior level;
  • Commercial awareness to manage and develop collaboration with industry and academia.

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If you would like a confidential conversation about this role please contact Fleur Sandler at Odgers Berndtson or on 0207 518 2681.

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