Share this Job

Platform Solution Engineer

Date: 08-Apr-2021

Location: Bristol, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

The Platform Solution Engineering Service is responsible for the design and development of the core elements of the NSoIT(D) Platform. The primary focus of this service is to undertake and coordinate all development tasks related to the design of the core platform as agreed by the Engineering Management Team via the Programme Increment planning process.


The Platform Solution Engineering service’s responsibilities include: 

•    Interacting with all design and development team leads to ensure cross team, cross technology coherence to satisfy the requirements of the NSoIT(D) system and act as initial point of contact for all team members within the Core Platform Engineering community.
•    Supporting Engineering and SDA Stakeholder engagement.
•    Ensuring that standards, frameworks, and security postures align with overall business and technology strategies and policies e.g. Defence as a Platform, Federated Mission Networking, DefStans and JSPs.
•    Identifying and communicating all proposed solutions across design teams and review all high, and intermediate designs from all teams.
•    Defining, managing, and reviewing the production of all core platform low-level and detailed level designs assuring coherence, technical content, and quality.
•    Supporting the design of infrastructure and software architecture elements to enable the system to function within the context of a UK deployed environment.
•    Supporting the build of system test, reference, and development environments to prove services and to demonstrate successful satisfaction of the requirements.
•    Liaising with other solution engineers and team leads across NSoIT(D) Engineering to ensure a robust solution is delivered within time, cost and performance.
•    Influencing the automation of NSoIT(D) design artefacts and indicate how they can be delivered by the orchestration technology.
•    Identifying capability gaps in existing architectures and recommend changes or enhancements in line with Agile and continuous improvement methods.


Essential skills, qualifications, and experience 

In order to deliver this service, it is essential that individuals have:


Significant demonstrable experience in:

o    Solution design of secure hardware and software solutions, demonstrating successful delivery on complex, large scale programmes utilising emerging technologies where possible. 
o    Delivering against high pressure timelines and in complex organisations.
o    Writing technical requirements and producing detailed solution designs.
o    Conducting rational product selections against complex requirements, specifically measuring performance, cost and time.
o    Successfully running a large development team, ensuring delivery timescales are met.

In-depth experience of:
o    VMware’s Software Defined Networking Product – NSX, to deliver secure multi-tenancy solutions.
o    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2, 2016 and 2019 core operating systems at expert level.
o    Additional Microsoft based technologies such as Exchange, Skype, SQL and Group Policy.
o    Microsoft Windows 10, various Linux implementations from thick client to zero client VDI solutions.


Several years’ experience in the design and delivery of:

o    Public and Private cloud architectures utilising Software Defined Datacentre (SDDC) techniques.
o    Virtualisation technologies such as VMware ESXi 6.5, vCentre 6.5, vSAN 6.5, Site Recovery Manager 8.1 and Horizon 7.4.
o    Government Grade Cryptography Provisioning and Management
o    Military Information Services such as NATO FAS, UK Base Services and MOD Business management apps.
o    Security implementations such as PKI and proxy services e.g. ADFS in line with MOD Security assurance processes.
•    Past experience of delivering accredited secure solutions within the UK Public Sector.
•    Proven track record of implementing NCSC design patterns.
•    An understanding of Defence Lines of Development and MOD Capability Integration.
•    A firm grasp of MOD Service management tooling and ITIL.
•    Exceptional communication skills with diverse and adverse audiences.
•    Strong critical thinking and analytical skills.
•    Ability to identify risks associated with business processes, operations, information security programs and technology projects.
•    Hold a valid Security Clearance (SC)
•    Competency in MS Office Suite.


Desirable skills, qualifications, and experience :

In order to deliver this service, it is desirable that individuals have:

•    Design and configuration of Two Factor Authentication Solutions.
•    Experience with the .NET Framework and Low-Level API calls.
•    A firm grasp of PKI integration and utilisation and preferably experience with Defence PKI.
•    Automation and Orchestration technologies and principals.
•    Delivering in Agile and Waterfall project management environments.
•    Experience with the Atlassian Toolset – JIRA, Confluence and BitBucket for delivering Agile based projects.
•    A Computer Science university-based education at Bachelors or Masters level.
•    Previous experience utilising open source orchestration tools e.g. Ansible, Puppet or Chef.
•    Previous work in delivery of software-based programmes and projects.



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.