Senior Airworthiness Engineer

Date: 23 May 2024

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:                 Senior Airworthiness Engineer
Location:                 Boscombe Down, Salisbury
Package:                 Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:               Full-time / Permanent
Role ID:                   SF16864


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Senior Airworthiness Engineer at QinetiQ's Aviation Engineering Centre (AEC) located on 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.


The AEC is an industry leader in aircraft modification through our accredited Design and Production Organisations and internal network of specialists. An increasing portfolio of orders across our military and civil businesses are driving growth in our capability and the recruitment in specialist areas.


The Role
As a Senior Airworthiness Engineer, you’ll have a role that is out of the ordinary, responsible for determining the route to certification for modifications to military and civil aircraft.


Day-to-day, you'll compile the certification document set and call on Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for compliance statements for all aspects of the design. You will then act as an independent technical reviewer, providing support to all engineering activities - verifying compliance to the processes outlined in the certification plan, whilst providing guidance to all stakeholders and contributors. You will make submissions for changes to the regulator to ensure smooth and timely approval.


You will also:

  • Liaise between the design organisation, CAA and MoD with respect to all aspects of Type Investigation and create reports about progress and announcement of scheduled tests in due time
  • Issue guidelines for documenting compliance against the various CS's, Def Stans or other appropriate design specifications
  • Advise of all departments of the design organisation in all questions regarding airworthiness, environmental protection approvals and certification
  • Prepare the Type Investigation programme and co-ordinate of all tasks related to Type Investigation in concurrence with the CAA and MoD
  • Ensure co-operation in preparing test programmes needed for demonstration of compliance. Establish the compliance checklist and update for changes
  • Ensure the initiation of activities as a response to failure (accident/incident/in-service experience) evaluation and complaints from the operation and providing of information to the Agency in case of airworthiness impairment (continuing airworthiness)


Essential experience of the Senior Airworthiness Engineer:

  • A good working knowledge of an aircraft engineering discipline and clear understanding of civil and/or military aircraft systems
  • Ability to read and understand engineering drawings
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering to budget and tight timescales
  • Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint


Qualifications of the Senior Airworthiness Engineer:

  • Qualification in Aeronautical, Aviation, Aerospace, Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent experience)


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

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Our Benefits:

  • Adaptive and flexible 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


Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities, for example STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador days in schools. We support a number of charities that are important to our people, including those which help the defence 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 a 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.