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Principal Systems Engineer - Project Engineer

Date: 20-Jul-2021

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Principal Aerospace Systems Engineer 


Overall Purpose of the Role:

  • To deliver Systems Engineering capability (processes, methods and tools) that meets current and future QinetiQ Integrated Delivery Team business objectives working as a partnership with Project and Programme Management;
  • The delivery stream is System and Project Engineering within the Air Domain.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Day-to-day leadership and management of Project and Programme engineering and technical teams to deliver complex integrated engineering outputs that meet the Customer’s requirements;
  • Ensuring that Systems Engineering gains and retains a ‘world class’ standard through continuous improvement;
  • Collaboration with Resource Management as required to assign relevant technical work tasks to suitably qualified and experienced personnel;
  • Act a Technical Leader to deliver high quality technical output to contracted time, cost and quality;
  • Ensuring consistency of technical processes, methods and tools in accordance with the QinetiQ Operating Framework for the delivery stream ensuring a coherent integration of technical activity to meet project requirements;
  • Assuring the quality of engineering integrated outputs (work of all employees, contractors, and military SMEs) in accordance with authorised Technical Delivery Plans;
  • Effective capture and analysis of Customer requirements to generate System Requirements
  • Co-ordinating technical aspects of bids including delivery planning and estimates; generating innovative technical/solutions with an associated work breakdown structure;
  • Ensuring the production of appropriate Technical Delivery Plans and adherence throughout the engineering project lifecycle;
  • Identifying project technical risks and mitigations working with the Project Manager with their management and control;
  • Compliance with Operating Framework business processes and engineering governance.


Scope and Impact:

  • Mentoring of other Systems Engineering staff and activities as required;
  • Promoting consistent use of relevant Systems Engineering processes, methods and tools;
  • Supporting development and retention of a ‘world class’ technical capability to develop and create technical solutions across a range of outputs including independent technical advice;
  • Delivery of integrated engineering output that meets business objectives.


Key Decision making areas of the Position:

  • Selection of technical solutions
  • Leadership and management of technical programmes of work ;
  • Assurance of the integrated technical output from the delivery team, including compliance with regulation;
  • Co-ordination of Systems Engineers and technical teams.


Successful outcomes of this Role:

  • System engineering capability meets business need;
  • Integrated technical solutions delivery meets customer needs and requirements
  • Governance is robust and sound;
  • Project and programmes are delivered to time cost and quality
  • Integration of supporting technical disciplines inc. SMEs.



  • Adapting to evolving processes and news ways of working;
  • Ensuring Systems Engineering technical governance is appropriate;
  • Creation and Delivery of innovative and agile integrated solutions.


Person Specification:

Essential Education, Qualifications and Training:

  • Recognised aerospace qualification to at least HND standard.
  • Evidence of further learning and relevant training in air systems and engineering.
  • Professional Registration at Incorporated or Chartered level with an Engineering Institution


Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:

  • Excellent people leadership and communication skills;
  • Significant technical experience of air platforms and the air vehicle life cycle;
  • Experience of applying system engineering toolsets and paradigms such as IBM DOORS, MBSE, V & V, etc.
  • Ability to make sound judgements on integrated engineering solutions;
  • Sound knowledge of engineering governance including aerospace certification and regulation;
  • Knowledge of the military and civil aerospace industry.


Essential Personal Qualities and Behavioural Requirements:

  • Recognised as a leader;
  • Good team player with good customer facing presence;
  • Ability to work well under pressure;
  • Able to stand behind judgement.


Desirable Criteria:

  • Engineering degree;
  • Chartered Engineer.
  • Knowledge of the MOD customer and MOD Procurement process
  • Knowledge of MAA RA1220
  • Knowledge and experience of applying EASA Part 21
  • Knowledge and experience of MAA DAOS





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. People around the world depend on us for their safety and security, and to enable the safety and security of others. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Our is 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, we get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Come and find out how you can play a role.