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Field Services Team Leader

Date: 27-Mar-2021

Location: Ashford, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) Ltd 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.

We are currently seeking to recruit a Team Leader to join our Field Services team to act as an infield Team Manager during deployed operations and to provide successful and efficient operations and effective maintenance of QinetiQ Target Systems targets and equipment worldwide.


The role involves:

  • Ensuring the successful conduct of target system operations in the field on a day-to-day basis.
  • Day to day management of operators while on detached duties, including the scheduling of target system maintenance work and the allocation of jobs to operators.
  • Looking after operator welfare on detached duties and at QTS Ashford.
  • Acting as an instructor for both theoretical and practical aspects of targetry for both customers and QTS operators.
  • Facilitating the development of operators by identifying training needs and providing training where and when practicable.
  • Ensuring that operations are conducted in accordance with contract requirements as briefed by the commercial department.
  • Ensuring the completion of target records.
  • Ensuring the completion of flight records and associated documentation including flight authorisation forms and accident/incident reports.
  • Carrying out fault finding/repair work and technical investigation on equipment and systems in the field where technical support has been required.
  • Timely submission of camp reports and debrief upon return to Ashford.
  • Assisting with the preparation and execution of trials.


Required skills:


  • Experience of engineering in an aircraft / targets / UAV environment 
  • Good domain knowledge of unmanned aerial targets systems including ground, target and control systems
  • An understanding and appreciation of the principles of flight
  • An awareness of UK export and import requirements
  • Excellent communicator, both written and oral
  • Leadership and people management skills
  • Excellent team player who is enthusiastic and committed to the role / team
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work pro-actively and to changing priorities, sometimes to tight deadlines 
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Calm and able to work under pressure
  • Working knowledge of airworthiness


It would be desirable to have:

  • An Engineering HND / HNC or relevant apprenticeship
  • A health & safety qualification