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Target Operator

Date: 08-Sep-2022

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.

Role Purpose

Is an active team member in the service delivery of unmanned aerial and surface targets to assist in the training requirements of defence forces around the world. Target Operators build and test target systems as well as conduct maintenance, packing and shipping of all parts, systems and ancillary equipment necessary for the deployed service delivery that the team conducts.

Key Accountabilities

•    Build, test, repair and disassembly of aerial and surface targets in accordance with operator manuals and service bulletins, range standard operating practises and flight test schedules. 
•    Repairs may include line replacement units as well as fibreglass repairs and engine tuning and maintenance.
•    Fault diagnosis of targets, launchers, ground equipment and ancillary equipment. 
•    Refuelling of the targets. 
•    The preparation and removal of target payloads. 
•    Handling and preparing pyrotechnics. 
•    Assistance with the operating of the launcher systems. 
•    Conducting target retrieval from recovery areas. 
•    Complete post flight checks and replenish or repair as necessary. 
•    Engine running and tuning.
•    Desalination of targets post sea recovery.
•    Maintenance of all GSE where specified.
•    May assist in training of the systems to others.
•    Management of their own training and competency and keep current in all tasks which they are trained in.
•    Willingness to travel.
•    Familiarity with boat and boat target operations.

Standard Responsibilities 
•    To adopt and comply with QinetiQ values, policies and procedures including: 
•    Health & Safety
•    General Date Protection Regulations and use of IT
•    HR Policies & Procedures 
•    Equality & Diversity 
•    Security and confidentiality 
•    Code of conduct

•    To meet business needs, it may be necessary to make some amendments to the role purpose and accountabilities, and for the post holder to take on additional responsibilities.

Key Capabilities/Knowledge

•    The ability to work autonomously and reactively to changing requirements
•    Good IT skills 
•    Calm and able to work under pressure 
•    A good communicator, both written and oral
•    Excellent team player who is enthusiastic and committed to the role / team 
•    Full UK Driving Licence 

Experience & Qualifications

•    Experience of working in an field/deployable environment 
•    Domain knowledge of unmanned aerial targets systems including ground, target and control systems would be an advantage
•    An Engineering HND / HNC or relevant apprenticeship would be an advantage
•    A basic understanding and appreciation of the principles of flight
•    Post holder would ordinarily hold and maintain competency to operate a HIAB
•    Post holder may be asked to become a first aider.

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

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Security Notice

Please be aware that this role is subject to both security & export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that you must have the right to stay and work within the UK. Restrictions may also mean that any dual or previous nationalities held can affect the roles in which you can perform within QinetiQ.

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 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 a 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, adaptive and 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.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that 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 that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.