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Software Assurance Consultant

Date: 17-Mar-2023

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

As the Demand for QinetiQ’s services continue to grow, we are looking to further expand our Software Assurance team. Supporting Software delivery across multiple projects and QinetiQ locations across the UK, you will be part of a team that provides an Independent Technical Assessment of the software of safety critical/related aircraft systems and provide advice on airworthiness issues related to those systems. Working on the latest military platforms (i.e Typhoon), you will lead the assessment of third party software and/or software documentation for adequate safety and conformance to standards.


You will carry out Independent Technical Evaluation (ITE) on the Eurofighter (EF) Typhoon Aircraft;

This involves (and each case citing evidence or lack of evidence that supports their conclusions) populating an argument for software safety under a goal structure contained in IBM DOORS QinetiQ owned Evaluator Working Area (EWA) modules, which consists at the highest level:

  • Establishing that a baseline exists for the software under review;
  • Establish that the SW is targeted to be developed to a known software standard (typically EF);
  • Establish that the SW development and verification process is established, and meets the above (stated) standard;
  • Establish that this process has been followed;
  • Establish that the product produced according to the above standard is suitable for use in terms of safety;
    • Where issues are found, the impact of those issues and whether they affect safety should be determined and recorded. This may involve liaison with other disciplines within QinetiQ;
  • Raising any recommendation to be delivered to the customer;
  • Evaluating the changes down to the source code level which is written in SPARK Ada and review of the associated SPARK Analysis.


The role will;

  • Interface with QinetiQ Systems and Safety Subject Matter Experts (SME);
  • Provide the assessment in a format suitable to the project (see discussion later);
  • Where possible attend Industry software reviews (Requirements, Design, Verification and Product Configuration Reviews) at the request of the Customer as part of Through-Life ITE (TL-ITE);
  • Require travel to Europe & UK for customer & industry facing meetings / workshops

Within this diverse and technically challenging role, you will apply military and/or civil standards for software safety (including Def Stan 00-56, Def Stan 00-55, DO-178x) to provide accurate and trusted technical assurance to the wider team.

The Fit:

We are either looking for an experienced technical assessor or someone looking to move into this field with a software engineering / Aviation background.  Your strong communication skills will enable you to construct and convey logical arguments effectively whilst your analytical skills will allow you to analysis in a pragmatic and effective way.

Skill set should include;

  • Knowledge of aircraft SW development and of the recognised SW development standards (usually the Eurofighter development standards but could be a commercial standard such as RTCA/DO-178);
  • Knowledge of safety critical SW development, and safety engineering concepts/vocabulary;
  • Previous demonstrable ITE activity in a similar environment;
  • Understanding of the EF Toolset that includes SPARK Ada Toolset and the HOOD design tool;
  • Knowledge of EF Standards desirable;

This is a varied and challenging role that will require the successful candidate to deliver results against defined deadlines and show pragmatism in the judgement of software integrity and the determination of an adequate level of evidence. In return you will receive excellent support and training, developing your broad technical knowledge to enable you to confidently provide the technical assurance that the projects require.



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.