The ADS team consists of talented professionals with deep and embedded expertise across the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors. Our team have experience in government departments such as the Home Office, deep industry expertise from decades of work within industry, and highly specialised policy environments.

Does this sound like you? Our business is expanding fast, and we’re always on the look out for more talent.

Our team is constantly growing to suit the evolving needs of the UK’s innovative aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

Current vacancies

Employee benefits

We offer a range of employee benefits that provide a rewarding and flexible working environment:

  • Annual leave – 28 days plus public holidays
  • Bonus – discretionary annual bonus
  • Pension – 6% employer contribution after 12 weeks employment
  • Hybrid working – work up to 2 days per week from home (discretionary and role dependent)
  • Life Assurance – cover at 3 x annual salary from start date
  • Private Health Insurance – upon successful completion of probationary period (not applicable to FTC roles)
  • Extended remote working – work abroad or at home with 25% taken as annual leave (discretionary and role dependent)
  • 9 day fortnight – work compressed hours for 9 days and take the 10th day as leave (discretionary and role dependent)
  • Buying additional leave – buy up to 5 days additional leave per year (discretionary)
  • Long service award – awarded one additional day of leave per year, after 5 years of service
  • Enhanced Parental Leave and Pay – subject to length of service
  • Parking – free and secure parking for all employees based in Farnborough
  • Travel – season ticket loan
  • Volunteering – 2 x paid days per annum for volunteering
  • Eye tests – annual Eye Test and £50 toward glasses for VDU use
  • Cycling – cycle to work scheme


We believe people are our most important asset, which is why we empower our staff to thrive through a myriad of flexible working practices; providing the space and tools they need to succeed. We’re delighted to have this formally recognised through the Flexa global directory of verified companies.

Hear from our people directly

As Business Development Manager in Northern Ireland, my role is quite wide and varied; we assist members with any related queries and if we can’t answer locally, we engage with our colleagues in London, Scotland or Farnborough. We’re passionate about growing our sectors and the Northern Ireland Growth challenge where we work closely with the Government body, Invest NI, is well on track to exceed its initial target.

I would recommend ADS to anyone – I was a long term industry guy but the ADS role, I believe has not only helped me develop further, but also helped me to see the wider network of security, defence, space.

Although we aren’t geographically close, I enjoy meeting up with colleagues at the various events and special interest groups; amongst the work we always have a bit of craic re football or rugby!

Definitely a great career and personally rewarding when a member says Thanks!

Business Development Manager, Northern Ireland (6 years)

I joined ADS in 2016 after working for nearly 18 years for a large aerospace systems company in France and the UK.

I began work supporting the business development of ADS member companies, working with the Department of International Trade to promote UK companies for export opportunities.

Now I am the Programme Director for the NATEP Programme, supporting UK SMEs through a programme of funding and mentoring. 

ADS offers an excellent working experience, with experienced and talented colleagues from a variety of backgrounds and sectors. The culture is one of trust and employees are empowered to provide insight and opinions across a wide range of subjects.

NATEP Programme Director (7.5years)

I have now been working at ADS Group (and one of its pre-merger predecessors) since April 1986 – and I LOVE my job! Every single day is different, and I do not know from one day to the next, what queries are going to be raised with me by any of the stakeholders with whom we have contact.

My colleagues at ADS Group are fabulous and enormously helpful, with a real team spirit, and a willingness to go above and beyond to help one another, and our Members, with their highly diverse interests and activities.

They often say that “variety is the spice of life”, and mine is so varied that I LOVE my job. I count myself to be so lucky to be working here.

PS – I also LOVE my job!

Director – Overseas & Exports (39 years)