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Software Solution Architect and Design Lead

Date: 16-Jul-2022

Location: Adelaide, South Australia, AU

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ employs more than 6000 people in 51 locations around the world, offering our customers premier expertise in advice, services and creative technology-based products.


QinetiQ Australia, part of the global QinetiQ group, provides technological and scientific expertise to help customers protect and advance their vital interests. As an innovative science and technology company, we help solve some of our customers' most challenging problems. Our determination to deliver and improve today and anticipate and shape tomorrow, makes QinetiQ a very exciting, rewarding and respected place to work and learn.

Software Solutions Architect/Design Lead


We are currently recruiting a Software Solutions Architect/Design Lead to join our growing team in Adelaide, office located at Mawson Lakes (WFH available). Due to an internal promotion, we have an exciting opportunity for someone to contribute to the technical capability within our software team.  


As Software Solutions Architect/Design Lead, you will be responsible for:

  • Leading the customer on the journey that will achieve their outcomes by:
    1. Learning about new research, prototype or operational domains with the support of SMEs and international reach back
    2. Conceptual development of innovative and practical software and networked solutions
    3. Creation of solution strategies and roadmaps that will define outcomes in line with customer expectations
    4. Detailed definition of architectures and components that will form a basis of the technical solution
  • Working with teams of systems, software and network engineers that can deliver
  • Leading a culture of strong technical assurance and safety
  • Promotion of staff growth and skill development
  • Providing technical input to bids and quotes in the software and networked solutions domains
  • Developing a close relationship with clients, stakeholders and relevant regulators to support development of solutions and resolution of technical issues
  • Supporting project teams through provision of sound and timely technical advice to assure our ongoing reputation for on time and budget delivery of software and networked solutions.
  • Design Reviews and Approval assurance roles on projects
  • Ensuring technical capability requirements are met in a sustainable manner via a robust capability management process encompassing the competency program and technical training
  • Working closely with the Chief Engineer and Quality Manager to ensure technical and engineering management processes enable achievement of business requirements in an effective and efficient manner


To be successful in the role of Software Solution Architect/Design Lead, you will need to bring with you:

  • Experience as a Solution Architect or Technical Solution Lead in software projects, preferrably including integration into complex systems
  • A passion for excellence, complex problem solving and working with the latest technologies that provide distinct advantages for our customers
  • Experience working closely with SMEs, engineers from different domains and end users that are driven to succeed
  • A degree standard or above in software engineering
  • Experience and qualifications suitable to achieve CPEng with Engineers Australia or equivalent
  • A minimum of 8 years experience (in Defence Industry preferred) with significant demonstrated competence in the design of complex solutions
  • Ability to demonstrate a proven track record of technical credibility as a Subject Matter Expert, including performing assurance and certification roles within an Engineering / Technical Management System


Candidates will need to be eligible to obtain an Australian Government Security Clearance.


QinetiQ Australia conducts pre-employment screening, including but not limited to identity verification and police checks, for all preferred candidates.


Advisory Services

In our Advisory Services division, everything starts with a problem that needs a solution. We act as an independent, technical partner for customers looking to procure defined services and develop specific capabilities. We help them diagnose, rationalise and solve intractable problems by providing analysis, advice and assurance, enabling our customers to make sound decisions about cost, time and performance.


Life at QinetiQ

Our people and our culture make QinetiQ a great place to work, we value integrity, collaboration and performance.

QinetiQ is a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice, Work180 Endorsed Employer for Women and past winner of the Defence Teaming Centre Employer of Choice Awards.

We look after our people are committed to attracting and retaining the best talent in the market. We celebrate our differences and incorporate diversity and inclusion into everything we do. Our salary and benefits package is designed to make sure we support our diverse group of employees through the different stages of their life and careers.


Some of our benefits include:

  • Annual professional development allocation and study leave
  • Flexible working options that suit you
  • Leave purchase scheme to balance what’s important to you
  • Loyalty leave,  earn extra days of annual leave up to an additional 10 days per year
  • Performance bonus awards for individual and company success
  • Salary continuance Insurance, protecting you financially during times of ill health
  • Cultural or Religious day of significance leave to observe days of significance to you
  • Up to 18 weeks paid parental leave with no minimum qualifying period
  • Dress for your day, no formal dress code just wear what feels good and suits your day
  • Give back with an annual volunteering day
  • Save money with our travel club and discounted health insurance options
  • Be supported with employee assistance services and family violence leave
  • A full list of our employee benefits and further information can be found here:



As the defence industry in Australia grows, it is an exciting time to join QinetiQ. What the company looks like today will be different to that of tomorrow as we navigate an ever changing world. To innovate for our customers advantage we value the need for diversity of thought in everything we do. We provide a flexible and inclusive environment where our people can bring their whole selves to work,  meaningfully contribute and have equal opportunity to succeed. We actively seek applications from people who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Aligned with our Gender Equality Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan we also encourage applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.