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Date: 21-Sep-2022

Location: Applecross, Scotland, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job title: Watchkeeper               Location: Applecross                   Company: QinetiQ


About the role

Our team are based at the BUTEC Range Terminal Building, Applecross requires a Watchkeeper to work in a small team responsible for maintaining a radar and visual watch of the range area in the Inner Sound.  In addition, the Watchkeeper is responsible for the security and cleanliness of the building.


What do I need?


  • The successful candidate will have a high level of self-reliance and a responsible attitude when communicating with seagoing/helicopter traffic. Experience of marine radars and radios would be a distinct advantage as would a seafaring background.
  • PC skills are a significant part of the job and candidates should be able to demonstrate PC literacy.
  • A full UK driving licence is essential.


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

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What will I be doing?


  • You must display local knowledge of site to ensure the safe monitoring of the area by visual means, CCTV and radar and the enforcement by close liaison with both local fishing vessels and tourist traffic.
  • The Watchkeeper will be assisting in carrying out functions in support of the general management of the facility.
  • You will be responsible for meeting and handling of Customers and Contractors unfamiliar with our sites, processes and procedures.
  • The Watchkeeper will be providing ground support to the helicopter operational functions ensuring the safety of all passengers including assisting the helicopter operator to ensure all personnel, stores and relevant manifests are safely provisioned.


Why Join QinetiQ?


As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation, courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.


Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more.


About QinetiQ


As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.