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Senior Systems Engineer - Aerospace

Date: 06-Mar-2023

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Senior Aerospace Systems Engineer - GG12




Boscombe Down, or Bristol (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 across a range of aerospace projects covering Helicopter, Combat Air and Aircraft Modification Portfolio Projects (processes, methods and tools) as directed by the Lead Project Engineer.


Key Accountabilities: The job holder is accountable for:

  • Coordination of activities between the various specialist 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 a project 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 technical governance is appropriate and applied
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of Military and Civil  Air Platforms and sub systems;
  • Technical experience throughout the air vehicle engineering 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.
  • System Design experience
  • Test & Evaluation experience
  • Knowledge of the MOD customer and MOD Procurement process
  • Knowledge of MAA RA1220
  • Knowledge and experience of applying EASA Part -21J
  • Knowledge and experience of MAA DAOS
  • Knowledge of  air systems development at platform level



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.