Controls Engineer - Unmanned Air Systems

Date: 15 Sep 2023

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:        Controls Engineer - Unmanned Air Systems
Location:        Salisbury, Wiltshire + Adaptive Working Arrangement
Package:        Excellent Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:      Full Time / Permanent
Role ID:          SF14631


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Controls Engineer - Unmanned Air Systems at our Boscombe Down site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.


In a rapidly growing UAS (Uncrewed Air Systems) focus area, we are building a technical team within the Aviation Engineering Centre to deliver design, manufacture, modification of and integration of systems, leading innovation cycles to solve complex problems and deliver solutions.

As a Controls Engineer, you will be responsible for delivery of quality designs within the Aviation Engineering Centre (AEC) team. Day to day you will have the following responsibilities:


  • The System Design of un-crewed Air Systems.
  • Design and Develop Electrical and Electronic Systems.
  • The development of Flight Control systems and understanding control laws (including tuning and modelling).
  • Equipment Maintenance and Calibration.
  • Payload and Mission System Integration
  • Practical weapons systems integration and delivery system design.


The role is full time, 37-hours per week and based at Boscombe Down. Periodic travel to other QinetiQ and customer sites, working with a wider UAS team to deliver projects will also be required.


Essential experience of the Controls Engineer

  • Experience of working with Uncrewed / Unmanned Air Systems.


Qualifications for the Controls Engineer

  • A Degree in Aeronautical Engineering would be beneficial, however we don’t have a fixed idea when it comes to background or education, provided you can show the required level of experience then we would like to hear from you.

Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum: UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (


Our Benefits

  • Flexible, adaptive working
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave. 
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community


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. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture. 


About QinetiQ
As a company of thousands of 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 who 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, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.


Application Guidance
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.