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Systems Engineer

Date: 17-Mar-2023

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Overall Purpose of the Job: To provide systems engineering support to aerospace domain projects and programmes as well as technical leadership to small scale projects (processes, methods and tools).


Key Accountabilities: The jobholder is accountable for:

  • Assisting with the day-to-day leadership and management of engineering and technical teams to deliver integrated aerospace domain engineering outputs that meet the customer’s requirements.
  • Working as a key member of a Systems/Project Engineering team.
  • Ensuring delivery of integrated technical activities to contracted time, cost and quality.
  • Ensuring a consistent approach to the integration of engineering outputs across all platform tasks.
  • Ensuring consistency of technical processes, methods and tools in accordance with the company Operating Framework to meet customer requirements.
  • Effective capture and analysis of customer requirements.
  • Assisting with the coordination of bids and estimates, generation of technical/solution strategies (Technical Delivery Plans) and work breakdown structures to support project cost plans and bids.
  • Assisting with the production of appropriate Technical Assurance plans and ensuring adherence throughout the project life cycle.
  • Assisting with the identification of project technical risks and assisting the Project Manager with the management of them.
  • Compliance with business processes and 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 aerospace qualification to at least HNC standard or equivalent.

Essential knowledge, skills and experience required:

  • Aerospace Engineering Background
  • Excellent people management and communication skills
  • A working knowledge of general Systems Engineering principles.
  • Technical experience throughout the air vehicle life cycle
  • Ability to make sound judgements on integrated solutions
  • Sound knowledge of technical governance
  • Knowledge of aircraft certification and systems design


Essential personal qualities and behavioural requirements:

  • Ability to lead small teams
  • Good team player with good customer facing presence
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Able to stand behind technical judgement.

 Desirable criteria:

  • Engineering degree
  • Incorporated or Chartered Engineer, or evidence of progress towards Professional Registration with a PEI
  • Knowledge of the MOD customer and MOD Procurement process
  • Knowledge of MAA RA1220
  • Knowledge of EASA Part 21

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.