Securing UK advantage


ADS is the UK trade association advancing leadership in aerospace, security, defence and space, to enable prosperity and clean, secure growth for our nation.

1–2 days/week at home

9-day fortnight

Core hours 9–5.30

We asked employees of ADS how satisfied they are with flexible working, and this is what they told us

Based on 60 employee responses

Employees are largely happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Benefits spotlight

9-day fortnight
Open to job sharing
Open to part time work for some roles
Open to compressed hours
Work from anywhere scheme
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Compassionate leave
Season ticket loan
Travel insurance
Time off in-lieu
28 days annual leave + bank holidays
Buy or sell annual leave
Optional unpaid leave
Company shutdown periods
Enhanced maternity leave
Shared parental leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Cycle to work scheme
Salary sacrifice
Life insurance
Annual pay rises
Skilled worker visas
Employee assistance programme
Volunteer days
Teambuilding days
L&D budget
Enhanced sick days
Mental health platform access
Fertility benefits
Menstrual leave
Gym membership
Wellbeing allowance
Health insurance
Women’s health leave
Mental health days
Pregnancy loss leave
Childcare credits
Adoption leave
Cinema discounts
Charity donation scheme
Commuter loan
Fully stocked snack cupboard
Meditation space
Life assurance
Interest free loans

Open roles at ADS

Business Development Manager – Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Speculative Application

United Kingdom and Northern Ireland

Working at ADS

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Farnborough, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Toulouse

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Professional Services

Professional Services

Industry awards 2023

About us

Whether representing industry, connecting our members with business opportunities or driving forward innovation and growth, ADS is at the forefront of an array of activities, events and programmes that benefit our members.

ADS’s 1200+ members are the custodians of a world-leading advanced engineering and services workforce.

Our aims are to expand this unique workforce capability and national advantage by delivering sector investment and knowledge to the frontiers of advanced manufacturing. ADS promotes its members in lifting the limits to a new future built on clean growth, sovereign capabilities for peace, and opening space to all.

Collectively ADS will lead our sectors to remove the barriers to the UK expansion of our workforce as a route to economic rebalancing and productivity gains, helping make the advanced economy fairer and stronger. It will achieve this by bringing together local policy leaders around detailed plans to expand engineering jobs into new communities, bringing in real, quality jobs and purposeful, proud careers.

Farnborough International Limited (FIL), which runs the Farnborough International Airshow, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ADS Group Ltd.

Flexible working at ADS

ADS’s people are our most important asset. As a trade association, the value we offer our members across all four of our sectors is built on the services we provide, the access we can offer and the relationships we hold. We are the voice of our industries, building partnerships and supporting our members to develop new opportunities in the UK and around the world, helping them to grow and to sustain more than 400,000 jobs. We aim to achieve a standard that compares with the best of our peers in any sector.

Since the return to regular office work following the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, we have successfully trialed a hybrid working system across all our sites and announced a new extended remote working policy.

And in 2022 we rolled out a much broader package of enhancements to the benefits we offer our employees. These enhancements include significant improvements to the paid leave we offer to new parents, as well as additional holiday linked to long service, and additional flexibility such as the option to work a nine-day fortnight, or to purchase additional annual leave.

We hope all our employees find them beneficial, and a signal that we value our whole team at ADS, and we hope they will support staff in developing their careers here as well as achieving a good balance between work and home lives.

Approach to diversity & inclusion

ADS Group celebrates diversity in all its forms.

At ADS, we believe that when people feel respected and included they are more innovative, productive and successful.

While we have more work to do to advance our DEI agenda, we are building a culture of equity and inclusiveness and a workplace we can be proud to be a part of.

What do we think of ADS?

We loved working with ADS throughout the Flexification process, they are committed to industry-leading flexibility and changing the face of their sector. Providing a space for people to thrive through flexible working. Not only that a dedication to DEI too.

ADS has been proudly running the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge since 2006 to encourage young people to consider a career in our sectors.

Meet who might be hiring you

Hi! I’m Kirsten, Recruitment, Learning and Development Manager at ADS Group. We pride ourselves on a work culture that puts our people first, providing an open and supportive environment that prioritises our employees. Whether you’ve been with the business for months, years or even decades, we pride ourselves on our friendly, supportive and dynamic environment that values the work-life balance of our people.

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Professional Services

Professional Services

Industry awards 2023

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