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Team Leader Field Services

Date: 30-Oct-2022

Location: Ashford, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Are you ready to become the next generation of leader for the Field Services Team?  Responsible for teams on customer locations worldwide, you will be delivering target services as a managed service for our customers with up to 8 colleagues.  These are technically complex engineering and flying operations often taking place in temporary conditions for durations of up to three months at a time.


We are looking for responsible leaders who can manage people and customers and who are up for the challenge. In recognition, we offer a generous starting salary, holiday and other pay allowances when working away from our base. Also included are a contributory pension, share purchase scheme and a normal working week that ends on Friday lunchtime.

This role involves:

  • Ensuring the successful and safe conduct of target system operations in the field on a day-to-day basis.
  • Day to day management of operators while on deployment and in the factory, including the scheduling of target system maintenance work and the allocation of jobs to operators.
  • Looking after team and individual 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:


  • Excellent communicator, both written and oral
  • An awareness of UK export and import requirements
  • Excellent team player who is enthusiastic and committed to the role / team
  • Good IT skills
  • Calm and able to work under pressure
  • Working knowledge of good engineering practises including configuration control
  • Experience of engineering and/or flying of aircraft / targets / UAV environment  [Essential]
  • Good domain knowledge of unmanned aerial targets systems including ground, target and control systems [Desirable]
  • An understanding and appreciation of the principles of flight [Essential]
  • An Engineering Degree, HND, HNC or relevant apprenticeship [Desirable]
  • IOSH Managing Safely trained [Desirable]
  • Lifting operations/crane operator trained [Desirable]
  • First Aid at work trained [Desirable]
  • Full UK Driving Licence [Essential]. LGV/HGV [Desirable]
  • Human Factors Trained [Desirable]

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.