Quality Engineer (Design)

Date: 28 May 2023

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title: Quality Engineer (Design)

Location: Boscombe Down, Salisbury

Company: QinetiQ



About the role:


We are currently recruiting for a Quality Engineer with Design experience to work within our Aviation Quality Team based at Boscombe Down, Salisbury. You will have the opportunity to work across a variety of different areas within Aviation and Aerospace from Air Traffic Management, Aircraft Maintenance, Aerial targets Maintenance and Operation, Civil Operation and Training Organisations and Aviation Design and Production ensuring that QinetiQ is operating safely and compliantly.


What will I be doing?


As the Quality Engineer you will be responsible for providing assurance that QinetiQ is operating safely, compliantly, efficiently and effectively in a given domain, identifying continuous improvements to meet the requirements of regulators, certification bodies and the business.


Key Accountabilities

  • Planning and development of detailed scopes of audit, to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, regulation, standards and QinetiQ process in the conduct of audit;
  • On time delivery (against the audit schedule) of process and product audits to assure safety and compliance regimes are effective and maintained;
  • Identification of actions to maintain and, in areas of non-conformance, return to, compliance with relevant legislation, regulation, management standards (ISO) and QinetiQ process;
  • Proactive identification, immediate action as necessary and communication to suitable levels of any risk associated with QinetiQ’s ability to be safe and comply with relevant legislation, regulation, standards and QinetiQ process;
  • Identification and sharing of areas of good practice and process across the business
  • Assisting and advising in the development and production of quality management plans and relevant project documentation, in relevant domains;
  • Supporting area managers in delivering quality and maintaining regulatory compliance, providing training and coaching to staff when required;
  • Understanding of the compliance state of QinetiQ in relevant assigned areas, and production of associated information for management review and to support management action;
  • Preparation and production of quality artefacts such as, but not limited to, Certificates of Conformity and documented First Article Inspections;
  • Acting as the voice of quality and conscience of the organisation in engaging with stakeholders across the business;
  • Preparation for and co-ordinate external audits as required.



What do I need?


  • Track Record of delivery of audits and assurance in a complex and diverse domain;
  • Demonstrable understanding of relevant legislation, aviation regulation across UK Military and EASA/CAA approvals, management standards (ISO) and contractual standards; (Knowledge of one or more of the following would be advantageous, UK Part 21J, DAOS, Flight Testing, Airborne Equipment, Supplier Management, Design Assurance, Equipment Qualification Testing, Safety Management Systems)
  • Demonstrable ability to balance robustness and collaborative support, to ensure suitable assurance whilst maintaining a one-company approach;
  • Possess a keen eye for detail and ability to proactively identify risks before they become issues to the business.


Experience & Qualifications

  • ISO 9001 Lead Auditor (BS EN 9100 Lead Auditor preferable);
  • Experience auditing within an initial or continuing airworthiness aviation environment;
  • Experience of Independent System Monitoring within a Design Organisation (UK Part 21J or DAOS) would be advantageous
  • Experience of using root cause methodologies to identify true root causes and support subsequent improvement;
  • Effective and influential communicator at multiple levels, able to engage with detail or summarise as required by the recipient;
  • Calm and considered approach to problem solving;
  • Results focussed and committed to excellent delivery


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.