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Senior Principal Systems Engineer

Date: 03-Apr-2021

Location: Bristol, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Role Purposes
•    Leading the technical delivery within the Portfolio
•    Working in partnership with the Portfolio Leader to drive projects to successful delivery
•    Working closely with the Portfolio/ ‘Chief Engineer’, seeking expert advice and guidance (specifically on engineering governance requirements) as required
•    Ensuring delivery of integrated output that meets Customer requirements
•    Ensuring consistent application of relevant processes, methods and tools


Knowledge, Skills required     •    Demonstrable leadership skills
•    Demonstrable successful team management
•    Demonstrable understanding/experience of System Engineering and its relevance to Project Engineering
•    Demonstrable track record in delivery performance
•    Demonstrable ability to make sound engineering judgement
•    Able to engage with the relevant Customer community 


•    Maximising on-time and early delivery
•    Continuous Improvement of the Project Engineering and Systems Engineering capability to meet changing demands in business/Customer requirements and increase scope of tasks 
•    Maximising deployment of Project Engineering staff to direct tasking
•    Working with the Leadership of System Engineering discipline to develop and maintain a world class capability
•    Generating effective solutions to Customer requirements


Key accountabilities
•    Operating in accordance with the Air & Space Operating Model as defined in the Operating Framework
•    Technical delivery within relevant Portfolio
•    On-time delivery of high quality integrated solutions that meet Customer requirements
•    Working in partnership with the portfolio lead to drive projects to successful delivery
•    Leading by example the Project Engineering team in the portfolio
•    Ensuring appropriate and consistent use of engineering processes, methods & tools collaborating across E & O to generate effective solutions (including emergent Sys Eng techniques)
•    Ensuring relevant projects comply with the Advice Services lifecycle process and the requirements of appropriate and proportionate engineering governance
•    Ensuring the quality of the Project Engineering integrated outputs across the portfolio
•    Authorising output in accordance with appropriate delegations
•    Allocation of appropriate Project Engineering staff to projects
•    Identification of recruitment/Contractor requirements in conjunction with the SE Team Leader to meet the project engineering demands for the portfolio
•    Supporting Business Development Activity with technical inputs


Personal and Behavioural requirements
•    Inspirational, motivational and visible leader
•    Recognised as a team player
•    Ability to work well under pressure
•    Able to make and stand behind good judgement
•    Effective and influential communicator
•    Customer focus
•    Innovative 


Desirable qualifications
•    Engineering Degree
•    Chartered Engineer or Incorporated Engineer
•    Experience of working with the UK Military, aerospace  and other Defence Customers


This job description is not exhaustive and serves only to highlight the main requirements of the post. The Head of Systems Engineering may stipulate other reasonable requirements of the role.

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.