Aerospace Engineering Manager

Date: 11 Jul 2024

Location: Ashford, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:        Aerospace Engineering Manager
Location:        Ashford, Kent + Adaptive Working Arrangement 
Package:        Competitive + Bonus + Relocation Allowance 
Role Type:      Full-time / Permanent
Role ID:          SF17080


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as an Aerospace Engineering Manager at our QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) site in Ashford, Kent where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.  


QTS is a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Group PLC, specialising in the design and manufacture of a range of state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial and Surface Target systems, including the world-leading Banshee target. QTS targets are used to enable realistic weapons test and evaluation and operator training in over 40 countries worldwide, with QTS providing a complete managed service in over 15 of these countries.
The Role:
As an Aerospace Engineering Manager, you will have a role that is out of the ordinary. Reporting to the Head of Engineering, you'll have direct responsibility for both managing the Aerospace Engineering team, as well as providing technical expertise to our cutting-edge new product development (NPI) field including the Banshee NG (Next Generation).


Day-to-day, you will:

  • Lead, plan, and direct a team of highly professional engineers, working in a design / development and analysis technical environment
  • Provide technical leadership to projects, ensuring successful integration of inputs from subject matter experts within the aerospace engineering domain and work closely with Programme / Project Managers / engineers, and other business functions, in the delivery of technical solutions, on time, within set budget milestones, and to required quality expectations
  • Line manage the Aerospace Engineering Team and develop and mentor junior employees, to facilitate future growth of the business. You'll create personal development plans for individuals in your team, and recruite externally when neccessary
  • Review and approve technical documentation, including design reports, drawings, flight test plans, and other product / project technical documentation, ensure that engineering activities are delivered in line with company procedures
  • Provide technical support and advice to customers and internal stakeholders, including the field services team
  • Provide support to flight trials / customer flight tests, with estimated 10% travel overseas


This role is full time, 37-hours per week, based at our Ashford site, with hybrid working options.


Essential experience of the Aerospace Engineering Manager:

  • Experience of managing complex engineering projects through full life cycle, from initial proposal, up to production release
  • Possess high level technical understanding of the some of following disciplines: aerodynamics, aerostructures, aeroelasticity, flight dynamics, composite materials development, alongside broad aerospace engineering knowledge
  • Have experience of working with Project Managers, ensuring projects are kept ‘on track’ and within project parameters (cost, time, scope, resources, etc.)
  • Possess a strong understanding of other engineering disciplines, to enable effective systems integration, preferably having previously been part of a multi-disciplinary engineering team
  • Have strong leadership and organisational skills, with previous proven line management experience
  • Have had exposure to managing customer expectations / requirements, and presenting engineering solutions


Qualifications for the Aerospace Engineering Manager:

  • Degree in Aerospace / Aeronautical engineering, and extensive relevant engineering experience, ideally in an aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAV) or missile design environment, at a platform level


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

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Our Benefits

  • Adaptive and flexible working
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity / paternity pay 
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community


Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities, for example STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador days in schools. We support a number of charities that are important to our people, including those which help the defence community. 


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 and having the 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 a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture.


About QinetiQ

As a company of thousands of 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.



Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants who already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.

Application Guidance
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.