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Senior Systems Engineer - Aerospace

Date: 11-May-2021

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ


Senior Aerospace Systems Engineer   




Various (but ability and willingness to travel to other locations in the UK and abroad for detached duties will be necessary as defined by project needs)


Overall Purpose of the Job: To provide systems engineering technical leadership to projects (processes, methods and tools) as directed by a Programme System Engineer.


Key Accountabilities: The jobholder is accountable for:

  • Coordination of activities between the various technical disciplines, working in partnership with the Project Managers, to ensure a consistent approach to the creation and delivery of our products and technical advice.
  • The technical management of all activities on projects relating to a specific air platform or capability including acting as required as the technical point of contact for the customer (MOD, Commercial or other Defence)
  • Engaging with customers to elicit and understand their requirements, and manage the process of analysis and decomposition of the requirements.
  • Provision of technical support to the Sales and Bid teams in terms of the creation of the innovative technical solutions, inc delivery plans and estimates (supported by Subject Matter Experts)
  • Generation and execution of Technical Delivery Plans
  • Day-to-day leadership and management of technical teams to deliver integrated engineering outputs to contracted time, cost and quality that meet the customer’s requirements.
  • Working as a key member of a Systems/Project Engineering team.
  • Ensuring consistency of technical processes, methods and tools in accordance with the company Operating Framework to meet customer requirements.
  • Identification of project technical risks and assisting the Project Manager with the management of them.
  • Ensuring compliance with business processes and technical engineering governance.


Scope and Impact:

  • Promoting consistent use of relevant systems engineering processes, methods and tools.
  • Supporting development and retention of technical capability to provide customers with innovative solutions including independent technical advice.
  • Engaging with the QinetiQ Global Operating Model  
  • Delivery of integrated output that meets business objectives.


Successful outcomes of this role:

  • Integrated solutions meet customers’ needs and requirements
  • Technical and business governance is applied
  • Project are delivered to time cost and quality



  • Adapting to evolving processes and new ways of working
  • Ensuring project engineering technical governance is appropriate
  • Delivery of consistent integrated innovative solutions.


Person Specification:


Essential education, qualifications and training:

  • Recognised relevant aerospace qualification to at least HND standard or above supported by relevant technical training.


Essential knowledge, skills and experience required:

  • Excellent people leadership and communication skills
  • Sound knowledge and experience of applying general Systems Engineering principles.
  • Technical experience throughout the air vehicle life cycle
  • Ability to make sound judgements and decisions on integrated solutions
  • Sound knowledge of technical governance
  • Knowledge of aircraft certification and systems design
  • Aerospace Engineering Background with a track record of relevant technical activity delivery.


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 technical judgement.


Desirable criteria:

  • Relevant Engineering degree
  • Incorporated or Chartered Engineer, or evidence of progress towards Professional Registration with a PEI
  • Experience of applying system engineering toolsets and paradigms such as IBM DOORS, MBSE, V & V, etc.
  • 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
  • Knowledge of  air systems at platform level






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.