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Avionics Supervisor

Date: 24-Nov-2022

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ


The primary purpose of the job is to ensure that the CrowsNest Merlin aircraft/equipment maintenance and trials flying are carried out efficiently and to quality in accordance with regulatory and corporate procedures.  The trials flying incorporates a phase of Flying then the aircraft is put in to a maintenance package of circa 8 weeks to clear maintenance for the next phase of Flight Trials activity.  To do this, the applicant will need advanced and specialised skills to carry out and lead the activities to be completed, solving problems of a routine nature, providing supervision proportional to the level of competence and experience of the technicians being supervised.  


QinetiQ need Avionics staff support the Merlin Forward maintenance tasks and operational trials flying from Boscombe Down.  You need to be Merlin SQEP with appropriate records to prove competence for authorising to work as a 1st, 2nd or 3rd signature and maintain records for competency on the Merlin aircraft type whilst working to meet the maintenance task.  There is a flexible shift pattern of day working – with normal or extended days as is required by the maintenance or the Flying Programme.


Key Accountabilities

•    Working with integrity at all times, raising concerns immediately
•    Compliance with all relevant legislation, including HS&E
•    Compliance with QinetiQ policies, procedures and manuals
•    Completion of tasking within the scheduled time and at an appropriate quality
•    Ensuring that he/she has the appropriate tools and equipment to carry out assigned tasks
•    Ensuring that his/her delivery manager is aware of the progress/status of assigned tasks
•    Identifying to his/her delivery manager when a task is complete and he/she is available for other tasking to be assigned
•    Ensuring that all work is properly documented; including update of aircraft technical records and supporting aircraft maintenance information systems as required
•    Quality of his/her own work and for the quality of the tasks performed or services provided by those he/she is supervising
•    Ensuring his/her competency is at the required standard for the work undertaken

•    Ensuring his/her competency as a 1st signature in the first instance
•    Ensuring that employees under his/her supervision undertake work in a safe manner
•    Appropriately delivering his/her 2nd signature responsibilities and 3rd signature where appropriately delegated


Key Capabilities/Knowledge

•    Good knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the range of processes, procedures and systems to be used in carrying out assigned tasks and a basic understanding of the underlying concepts and principles upon which the job is based
•    Good fault identification and isolation skills
•    Good understanding of aircraft publications and aircraft documentation set
•    Computer literate and familiarity/training/access with specific aircraft maintenance information systems as required
•    Comprehensive understanding of Health, Safety & Environmental regulations applicable to the nature of the work/facility
•    Ability to make judgements based on practice and previous experience


Experience & Qualifications

•    Apprenticeship in an aircraft engineering discipline, or equivalent experience in respective field
•    BTEC Diploma or NVQ Level 3 in engineering or equivalent

•    Evidence pack of recent Merlin work/tasks and proof of previous Merlin roles and work covered
•    Merlin Qualification courses or on aircraft/equipment type or associated systems
•    Comprehensive knowledge of UK Military Aircraft documentation procedures
•    Computer literate and familiarity with specific aircraft maintenance systems especially GoldEsp and online Technical Manuals CIETP
•    Incorporated Engineer/Engineering Technician status and relevant aircraft technical/supervisory experience (minimum of 5 years).


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

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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.