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Military Experimentation Engineer

Date: 06-Aug-2022

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Opportunities available in Fort Halstead, Farnborough and Boscome Down


The job holder will work in the Experimentation Team of the Weapons Science group, which is part of Applied Science.  Within Weapons Science, our teams come from a variety of engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, ex-military and related backgrounds.  They are critical to the assessment of future capabilities to be used by the military (such as robotic and autonomous systems) and for research, advice and the assessment of weapons systems from long range missiles to small arms pistols including the detailed technologies that enable their use.  They help our customers ensure that these critical assets perform effectively and safely.  


This particular role involves working in the broad field of army experimentation programmes, as well as providing expertise in weapon engineering and ammunition assessment, when required.  It is likely that the successful candidate will have an engineering background that will be supplemented with training to develop the knowledge required to fulfil the role.  


The majority of the team are based at our Fort Halstead site (with others based at Farnborough and Boscombe Down).  Once training is completed both hybrid working and other locations would be considered.  In addition, the role requires a reasonable level of physical fitness and the ability to be away from home for extended periods to support experimentation activities. 

Challenges with the role include
1.    Contributing to technical programmes in the army experimentation, weapon assessment and gun technology areas.
2.    Have the ability to become proficient in a wide range of technical or engineering skills and take responsibility for utilising these skills to perform experiments and report results.
3.    Be flexible and adaptable to the many and varied challenges faced by this role.

Key Accountabilities
1.    Provide individual contribution to technical teams to ensure that programmes are delivered effectively and meet customer requirements and expectations.
2.    Provide liaison with colleagues, customers and other stakeholders to ensure delivery.
3.    Ensure that customers’ requirements and tasks are fully understood and that the problems and issues are identified at the outset.
4.    Encourage an open and honest business assurance culture, contribute to continuous improvement initiatives.

Key Capabilities/Knowledge
1.    Technical background in engineering and an aptitude and willingness to develop skills and knowledge across the land domain, in particular advanced experimentation programmes and weapon systems.
2.    Good oral and written communication skills, including report writing.  
3.    Good interpersonal, analytical and team working skills.
4.    Good listening and questioning skills to understand customers’ requirements and problems
5.    Personal resilience to handle competing demands and setbacks.
6.    Knowledge / familiarity of Army / Marines structure and operating methodologies although desirable is not essential.

Experience and Qualifications
1.    A first degree in Science or Engineering, or an equivalent nationally recognised professional qualification, or over four years relevant technical experience (in lieu of the educational qualifier).
2.    Job involves travel in UK, and potentially overseas, and periods away from home.


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.