Aerospace & Defence

Your Challenges

  • Workforce capability development and strategies to address workforce demographics
  • Customer or Passenger Experience,
  • Financial sustainability (i.e. Profitability) and cost pressure
  • Reducing government & civil budgets and increasing scale of support and operations
  • Changing business and support models between UK Government & its Suppliers such as availability contracting
  • Safety & reliability
  • Speed of Innovation and New Product Development
  • Environmental Sustainability (e.g. technological challenges around carbon emissions)
  • Volatility, variety and complexity of customers and their needs

How we can help

  • Capability Development through learning and development programmes Accredited to the Cardiff University Lean Competency System. This brings the change capability in house, makes it authentic to the situation and in the long term more underpins sustainability
  • Lean and Continuous Improvement Programmes to improve business and supply chain performance – providing a systematic basis for improvement
  • Lean Maturity Assessments to benchmark current performance and Route Map development programmes for improvement – providing a strategy for improvement not a series of events in response to problems or opportunities
  • Leadership, coaching and personal development programmes that provide the behavioural foundation for getting the most from employees
  • Shingo Discover Excellence cultural and behavioural change programmes – addressing the culture as the primary part of the change programme

ADS logoS A Partners are proud to be a member of ADS. ADS is the Premier Trade Organisation for companies in the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors.

They are a quality driven organisation and as such we have successfully been accredited for the ISO9001:2015 Standard and Cyber Essentials Plus.

S A Partners are delighted to be an approved supplier for the SC21 Competitiveness and Growth (C&G) funded programme. Leveraging our long history in both Supply Chain and Operational Excellence we have a team of skilled experts ready to help support your journey.

Using our model for Enterprise Excellence, S A Partners takes a balanced approach to training, coaching and implementation to ensure that training and skills development is truly embedded within the organization, is sustainable and delivers a return on investment. Our improvement coach (yellow, green & black belt levels), first line and senior leadership programmes and TPM support is all accredited via the Lean Competency System (LCS) leading to qualifications backed by Cardiff University.

Working with a number of tier 1 defense suppliers, the MOD and the Defense Supply Chain we bring industry best practice to businesses looking to truly drive a sustainable business improvement programme.

For more details on C & G modules supported and options for training delivery and workplace support then please contact our Aerospace and Defence team on:

Robin Jaques: +44(0)7977 131933

Megan James: +44(0)7967007452

Sector head, Robin Jaques talks about the Aerospace and Defence sector, and how we normally help organisations on their improvement journey.

“S A Partners is a dedicated training provider, who delivers a relevant and fun way of training. S A Partners focus’s on each individuals learning styles within the group to make everyone involved feel comfortable. All Questions asked where always taken seriously and answered with a helpful response. Our trainer Byron was particularly impressive, Ontic will definitely be using SA Partners in the future.”

Daisy Titmus, Manager, Ontic


“I’m currently living an availability dream for C-130Js & that’s because of the teamwork & relationship we have with Airbus Group AP. I know I can go in directly and touch the provider if I’m either satisfied or dissatisfied and I get an immediate response to it. So, to me, whilst there is a contract in writing, there is also a contracting relationship and that’s what I value out of your organisation, you recognise that there is a contract, but you will go beyond that and value the relationship you have with defence. And I’m not just saying that, I mean It”.

AIRCDRE W. McDonald Commander Air Mobility GroupRoyal Australian Air Force

A case study on supporting the Airbus Group AP lean journey

Identifying Key Ingredients for a successful Coach Progamme

Learning all about Shingo

S A Partners are affiliates of the Shingo Institute, and undertake Shingo Discover Excellence workshops that teach organisations how to identify and implement the necessary behaviours required that drive sustainable improvement and compete for the Shingo Prize

BAE Systems at the Masterclass

Graham Cook of BAE talks about the Enterprise Excellence Masterclass, and how Learning in multiple organisations allowed him to take that experience/knowledge back to his workplace.

Logo for LMR which is within a globe of the world

LMR Global specialise in customised training against global industry requirements and standards. They have been supporting the Aviation, Space and Defence sector for over a decade.

Enterprise Excellence Model

Click on any section of the Enterprise Excellence Model below to find out more information for each part of the model.

purpose section of the enterprise excellence model
engage section of the enterprise excellence model
People section of the enterprise excellence model
align section of the enterprise excellence model
Process section of the enterprise excellence model
improve section of the enterprise excellence model