Systems Engineer

Date: 15 Sep 2023

Location: Bristol, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Systems Engineer 


Based from Bristol, Malvern or Farnborough with hybrid working


About the role:


Here at QinetiQ we are looking for an Associate Systems Engineer. This is a fantastic opportunity that will offer further training and development.


UK Intelligence help our customers respond to ever evolving threats, based on our expertise in training, secure communication platforms, intelligence, surveillance and cyber security. We deliver Mission Winning Innovation into global defence, security, and critical national infrastructure markets.


The QinetiQ Cyber, Analysis and Mission Solutions (CAMS) discipline provides Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Domain Subject Matter Expert System Engineers, ISTAR System Architects and ISTAR Scientists into QinetiQ projects to deliver capability into Defence, Government and Industry both as Customer Friend (Advice Side) and Delivery Side agents. The ISTAR Group is predominantly based in Farnborough, Malvern, Bristol and Lincoln with support from specialist staff from other QinetiQ sites.


The QinetiQ CAMS ISTAR Group currently supports a number of major projects and campaigns such as the Engineering Delivery Partnership (EDP), Defence Intelligence Rapid Innovation Capability (DI RIC), Maritime Warfare Operational Support Team (MWOST), Air Command, Maritime Warfare Centre (MWC), Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Centre (JEWOSC), Battlefield CIS (BATCIS), PICASSO Systems Integration Team (PSIT), Watchkeeper Army UAS, OSINT Innovation Partnership and many more both in the UK and internationally.


The Group is looking for a highly motivated Engineers and/or Subject Matter Experts to support a number of high-profile ventures. This is a great opportunity to join a high performing team in a dynamic, Agile delivery environment. This role could provide career progression opportunities to more senior roles within QinetiQ.


What will I be doing?


  • Provide technical support into projects throughout the engineering lifecycle in support of existing or future ISTAR platforms, sensors, mission systems or processes.
  • Support integration of innovation into ISTAR capabilities.
  • Support internal and Dstl led research programmes to provide innovative solutions to emerging problems.
  • Provide support to equipment delivery programmes, through user workshop engagements, and support process change and management to enhance capability and/or reduce operator burden, operational risk and/or reduce through life costs.


What do I need?


  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent), or related military service experience.
  • Proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Self-motivated team member that takes ownership of tasking whilst operating collaboratively within a dynamic team.
  • Flexible approach to tasking, potentially be able to support multiple projects or tasks in a variety of stages of development i.e. concept development, requirements capture, design, delivery, verification and validation.
  • Be prepared to travel to customer and QinetiQ sites on a frequent basis to support project delivery.
  • Be prepared to go through the Government Vetting process.


QinetiQ offers an excellent salary and flexible benefits package commensurate with a large international company some of which are highlighted below:

  • Career development across a diverse International organisation.
  • Pension - up to 10.5% annual salary Company contributed. For every 1% pension salary sacrifice, QinetiQ matched with 1.5% (e.g. personal contribution 7%, QinetiQ contribution 10.5% - total pension contribution 17.5% of annual salary).
  • 50% off meals at selected restaurants, 40% off cinema tickets, 45% off RAC, 20% off EE, new car discounts and much more.
  • Up to 250,000 death in service Life Insurance.
  • Modern and collaborative working environment.
  • Flexible Working, Social and family events.
  • Health Cash Plan, Health Screening, Employee Assistance 24/7.
  • Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance at additional cost.
  • Childcare or After School Club discounts.
  • Up to 5 days additional Annual Leave Purchase.
  • Discounted Personal Accident Insurance, Annual Travel Insurance.
  • Gym and sports facilities available at larger sites.
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community.



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.