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Target Operator

Date: 21-Jan-2023

Location: Ashford, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

About the role

We are currently recruiting a Target Operator to join QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) within our Field Services Team. 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.

What will I be doing?


Reporting to the Field Services Team Leader, you will be 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.


Duties will include:


  • 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.





What do I need?


You will have a basic understanding and appreciation of the principles of flight, and experience of working in a field/deployable environment.


You’ll be an excellent team player who is enthusiastic and committed to the role / team and have the ability to work autonomously and reactively to changing requirements.



We also ask that you:


  • ideally hold and maintain competency to operate a HIAB
  • are willing to become a first aider.
  • have good IT skills
  • are calm and able to work under pressure
  • are a good communicator, both written and oral
  • have a Full UK Driving Licence


Domain knowledge of unmanned aerial targets systems including ground, target and control systems or an Engineering HND / HNC or relevant apprenticeship would be an advantage.

What else do I need to know?


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 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, Pension and the ability to purchase discounted Health Cash Plans, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance plus much more.