Senior Mechanical Engineer / Electrical Engineer

Date: 25 May 2024

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:        Senior Mechanical Engineer / Electrical Engineer
Location:        UK Wide - Bristol, Salisbury, Waddington, Warton or Vicinity + Hybrid Working Options
Package:        Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:      Full-time / Permanent or Fixed Term Contract 
Role ID:          SF15917


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Senior Mechanical Engineer / Electrical Engineer within our Flight Systems team, where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.


Our Flight Systems capability conducts hazard based Evaluation & Test of Mechanical and Integrated Electrical Power Systems on a wide variety of aircraft platforms to ensure the equipment and systems are safe for flight, as well as being fit for purpose. Evaluations are conducted on Transport, Combat, Helicopter and Un-manned Air platforms.


The Role
As a Senior Mechanical Engineer / Electrical Engineer you will have a role that is out of the ordinary, where you will be responsible for the efficient, safe and effective conduct of specific evaluation, test and trial activities. This will typically encompass Air platform Certification, Qualification, Performance, Operability and Safety in the role domains. 


Opportunities are available at Engineer through Principal Engineer levels, noting that at the senior levels increasing evidence of the skills, knowledge and experience expected of a Chartered Engineer should be evident.


Day-to-day you'll:

  • Provide specialist scientific or technical advice and / or consultation. Tasks encompass the project lifecycle from technical strategy through to delivery, as part of multidisciplinary teams, requiring solution definition effort and will be delivered in accordance with the associate Project Delivery Plan.
  • Undertake a range of evaluations encompassing single equipment or role related changes to a platform, through to the assessment of newly introduced aircraft and deliver technical hazard and risk based reporting.


This role is full-time, 37-hours per week, and can be based at either Bristol, Salisbury, Waddington or Warton. We offer Hybrid Working Options, with a minimum of two days per week to be spent onsite. 


Essential experience of the Senior Mechanical Engineer / Electrical Engineer:

  • Systems / Platform integration and operability at a platform level
  • Independent Technical Evaluation, Evaluation and Test or Independent Safety Audit;
  • Aircraft / Air Platform Certification, Qualification, either Military (MAA) or Civil (CAA / EASA);
  • Military or Civil Safety Regulations & Standards.

Specific experience of some, but not all of the following;

  • Electrical Power Generation and Distribution
  • Electrical Wiring Interconnection
  • Environmental Control
  • Escape
  • Flying Controls
  • Fuel
  • Hydraulics
  • Oxygen
  • Propulsion (including integration and engine life management)
  • Role Equipment
  • Undercarriage
  • Warning systems

Qualifications of the Senior Mechanical Engineer / Electrical Engineer

  • Suitably qualified Aerospace or Mechanical Engineer (HNC or HND), nationally recognised 9EngTech / IEng) or working towards that accreditation
  • Chartered Engineer with a first degree in Science or Engineering in a related subject, preferably Aeronautical and / or Mechanical Engineering


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.