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Uncrewed Systems, Trials and Experimentation

Date: 21-Jan-2023

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

About the role

QinetiQ provides critical support to our customers in uncrewed systems experimentation and capability development.  QinetiQ has expertise to develop bespoke functionality and works closely with suppliers, customers and partners in the demonstration and evaluation of systems, including in the hands of user.


We are growing our team, initially with roles focussed on small/medium Uncrewed Air Systems (rotary and fixed wing), recognising this capability is integral to experimentation across Land, Air and Maritime sectors.  This team will operate across sectors.


The growth includes roles such as

  • Functional Team Leader, who will have responsibility for coaching, mentoring and developing others, as well as directing and delivering the overall capability growth, including shaping the required operational infrastructure and competencies for safe delivery.
  • Systems Integration Engineers, who will understand the functionality and performance of an uncrewed air platform at a component and system level, and will be actively involved in integrating and upgrading components according to experimentation and trial needs.
  • Ux Trials and Experimentation Engineers, who will understand the macro-environment, including regulation and risk management across domains, and be able to devise experimental concepts, then write trials plans and deliver, acting (now or in the future) as Uncrewed Trials Safety Manager or Trials Lead.
  • Technical Leads, who can see the whole picture and lead project teams in development of proposals, and lead the delivery of capability demonstrations.


These roles sit within systems engineering practice, underpinning the system level view our customers call on.  You will work closely with others and often have direct contact with internal and external customers, including teams developing bespoke technology and looking for a route to demonstration.


There are opportunities at differing levels of experience; from seasoned leaders able to drive QinetiQ’s broad capability, to those looking to build on their existing uncrewed systems experience.  The roles require varying degrees of working on site with equipment (locations across UK), and working away from home during trials; our approach is one of flexibility around the requirements of the work.



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.