Share this Job

Principal Systems Engineer Helicopters

Date: 16-Jan-2023

Location: Bristol, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Role: Principal Systems Engineer (10635) Company: QinetiQ
Location: Boscombe Down BCEE

Overall Purpose of the Role:

  • To provide Systems Engineering (processes, methods and tools) technical leadership that meets current and future QinetiQ Air Engineering Services Integrated Delivery Team business objectives working as a partnership with Project and Programme Management;
  • The role is within the Helicopters portfolio delivering a range of evaluation, certification, test, consultancy and technical support outputs across major programmes within the Air Domain.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Day-to-day leadership and management of Project and Programme engineering and technical teams to deliver complex integrated engineering outputs that meet the Customer’s requirements;
  • Collaboration with Resource Management as required to assign relevant technical work tasks to suitably qualified and experienced personnel;
  • Act a Technical Leader to deliver high quality technical output to contracted time, cost and quality;
  • Ensuring consistency of technical processes, methods and tools in accordance with the QinetiQ Operating Framework for the delivery stream ensuring a coherent integration of technical activity to meet project requirements;
  • Assuring the quality of engineering integrated outputs (work of all employees, contractors, and military SMEs) in accordance with authorised Technical Delivery Plans;
  • Effective capture and analysis of Customer requirements to generate System Requirements
  • Co-ordinating technical aspects of bids including delivery planning and estimates; generating innovative technical/solutions with an associated work breakdown structure;
  • Ensuring the production of appropriate Technical Delivery Plans and adherence throughout the engineering project lifecycle;
  • Identifying project technical risks and mitigations working with the Project Manager with their management and control;
  • Compliance with Operating Framework business processes and engineering governance.


Scope and Impact:

  • Mentoring of other Systems Engineering staff and activities as required;
  • Promoting consistent use of relevant Systems Engineering processes, methods and tools;
  • Supporting development and retention of a ‘world class’ technical capability to develop and create technical solutions across a range of outputs including independent technical advice;
  • Working creatively to address emerging technical challenges and new technologies
  • Delivery of integrated engineering output that meets business objectives.


Key Decision making areas of the Position:

  • Selection of technical solutions
  • Leadership and management of technical programmes of work ;
  • Assurance of the integrated technical output from the delivery team, including compliance with regulation;
  • Co-ordination of Systems Engineers and technical teams.


Successful outcomes of this Role:

  • System engineering is applied effectively;
  • Integrated technical solutions meets customer needs and requirements
  • Governance is robust and sound;
  • Project and programmes are delivered to time cost and quality
  • Integration of supporting technical disciplines inc. SMEs.



  • Adapting to evolving processes and news ways of working;
  • Ensuring Systems Engineering technical governance is appropriate;
  • Creation and Delivery of innovative and agile integrated solutions across a range of technical programmes and platforms.


Person Specification:


Essential Education, Qualifications and Training:

  • Recognised aerospace qualification to at least HND standard.
  • Evidence of further learning and relevant training in air systems and engineering.
  • Professional Registration at Incorporated or Chartered level with an Engineering Institution


Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:

  • Excellent people leadership and communication skills;
  • Significant technical experience of military rotary wing air platforms and the air vehicle life cycle;
  • Experience of applying system engineering toolsets and paradigms such as IBM DOORS, MBSE, V & V, etc.
  • Ability to make sound judgements on integrated engineering solutions;
  • Sound knowledge of engineering governance including aerospace certification and regulation;
  • Knowledge of the military and civil aerospace industry.


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 judgement.


Desirable Criteria:

  • Engineering degree;
  • Chartered Engineer.
  • Knowledge of the UK MOD customer and MOD Procurement process
  • Knowledge of MAA RA1220
  • Knowledge and experience of applying EASA Part 21
  • Experience in developing aerospace technology
  • Knowledge and experience of MAA DAOS


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (



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.