Application Software Engineer

Date: 15 Feb 2024

Location: Ashford, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:     Application Software Engineer
Location:     Ashford, Kent + Adaptive Working Arrangement
Package:     Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:   Permanent
Role ID:       SF16195


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. We are currently recruiting an Application Software Engineer to join QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) within our Engineering Team. 


QTS is a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Group 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 forty countries worldwide with QTS providing a complete managed service in over fifteen of these countries.


The role
As an Application Software Engineer you’ll have a role that is out of the ordinary. Reporting to the Software Engineering Manager, you'll design, implement and  test the application software on various QTS projects relating to unmanned air vehicles, aerial targets, surface/marine targets and related technologies. 


Day to day you will be responsible for:


  • Application software design and test.
  • Detailed application real time software design to support both new and legacy products.
  • Production and maintenance of design records in accordance with internal design procedures
  • Fault diagnosis
  • Provide technical support for internal and external customers.
  • Provide input to the company’s continuous improvement program  


This role is full-time, 37-hours per week, and based at our Ashford site. Hybrid working is available. Some travel to support trials will be required.


Essential experience of the Application Software Engineer:

  • Experience with real time Applications
  • C# & C++ programming & test within the visual studio environment
  • .net programming
  • GUI development
  • Version control

Qualifications for the Application Software Engineer:
We value difference and we don’t have a fixed idea when it comes to background or education, provided you can show the required level of experience and willingness to learn then we would like to hear from you.

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
  • 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.