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Senior Strategic Consultant

Date: 03-Apr-2021

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

The role of Strategic Consultant sits within the Operational Analysis and Strategic Consulting Teams as part of our Analysis, Modelling and Simulation discipline. We provide experts in strategic thinking, customer engagement and problem shaping, to bring a variety of Management Consultancy and Operational Analysis (known outside defence as Operational Research) tools and techniques to bear on a customer’s issue.


We are seeking a highly-motivated, self-starting senior consultant who, with minimal supervision, is able to shape and lead a variety of programmes that are largely in support of Research, Science and Technology projects. We are looking for someone with proven experience of working to a high standard within the Defence Sector, spanning research activities and procurement advice within the MOD Acquisition Lifecycle, on complex capability projects.


As an experienced professional you will be, or could be, a member of a professional body such as the Chartered Management Institute, Operational Research Society, Institute of Consulting (IoC) or equivalent. You will have relevant qualifications, such as a degree or HND, you will be driven to solve interesting problems and will likely have a passion for the military.


Specific responsibilities will include:
• Engaging clients and stakeholders;
• Business development and winning work;
• Collaborating with colleagues to develop technical approaches to problems for submission in proposals to clients;
• Developing and presenting analytical approaches and subsequent evidence to scrutiny and assurance bodies;
• Leading multi-disciplinary teams in delivering complex projects and programmes;
• Facilitating workshops and eliciting data and information from different stakeholders;
• Presenting project outcomes to a range of decision makers;
• Writing technical reports (including white papers, research papers, project reports and business cases); and
• Mentoring less experienced members of staff.


Knowledge, skills and Personal Qualities Required:
• Be able to interpret and discuss client requirements, ideally within the Defence Sector to include DE&S, Front Line Commands and Research Communities;
• Have a track record of writing complex bids that fulfil client requirements;
• Possess interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to persuade and influence people outside of your own immediate area of specialism or expertise;
• Be a self-motivated, assertive individual with the ability to learn new domains and sectors (mainly within Defence and Commercial markets);
• Demonstrable experience of managing and delivering complex programmes;
• Have a strong and proven record of project and or technical leadership with experience of forming coherent and successful teams;
• Possess an awareness and appreciation of Defence procurement processes and MOD operating doctrine;
• Have demonstrable experience in using a range of problem solving and consultancy methods, such as change management, systems thinking, red teaming, wargaming, cause and effect analysis, decision analysis, etc.


As a Senior Strategic Consultant, you will be required to demonstrate the ability to deliver:
• Constant application of process;
• Consistency in your outputs;
• Confidence in presenting your outputs; and
• Retention of corporate know-how.


The majority of work is currently with UK MOD clients but work is becoming increasingly directed towards the global defence industry and beyond into civil applications. Work embraces land, air, sea and C4I systems, as well as emerging technology and innovation. Our clients are dispersed, so travel within the UK will be necessary and a willingness and ability to travel abroad, potentially for several months, is desirable.

During the COVID pandemic, QinetiQ has been supportive of home working and made equipment available to support or establish a home office, however our staff are based at one of our current operational sites (mostly Bristol, Malvern and Farnborough) and should plan for office working in more normal times. #LI-QQ #LI-REMOTE


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.