Principal Systems Engineer

Date: 15 Jun 2024

Location: Brize Norton, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:        Principal Systems Engineer
Location:        Brize Norton, Oxfordshire + Adaptive Working Arrangement
Package:        Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:      Full-time / Permanent
Role ID:          SF16866


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Principal Systems Engineer at our Brize Norton site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.

The Role
As a Principal Systems Engineer, you’ll have a role that is out of the ordinary, shaping the future of aerospace technology and making a significant difference in strategic transport and air mobility platform projects. This is a unique opportunity to deliver technical leadership and develop stakeholder relationships across various counterparts based at Brize Norton. You’ll act as a key leader and principal systems engineer for our community of technical teams, subject matter experts and customers.

Day-to-day, you’ll:

  • Lead and coordinate project and programme engineering activities, ensuring the successful delivery of complex integrated outputs that meet customer requirements.
  • Provide technical leadership, collaborate with cross-functional teams, and ensure compliance with regulatory standards and engineering governance.
  • Ensure technical output delivered to contracted time, cost and quality;
  • Deliver consistency of technical processes, methods and tools in accordance with the QinetiQ Operating Framework. 
  • Responsible for assuring the quality of engineering integrated outputs (work of all employees, contractors, and military SMEs) in accordance with authorised Technical Delivery Plans.
  • Co-ordinate technical aspects of bids including delivery planning and estimates; generating innovative technical/solutions

Essential Experience for the Principal Systems Engineer: 

  • Experience of applying system engineering toolsets and paradigms to technical project delivery such as requirements engineering, solution architecting, V & V, etc.
  • Significant technical experience of military and/or civil air platforms and the air vehicle life cycle.
  • Sound knowledge of engineering governance including aerospace certification and regulation.
  • Significant technical experience of military and/or civil air platforms and the air vehicle life cycle including knowledge of large aircraft platforms would also be highly desirable criteria. 
  • Knowledge of the UK MOD customer, MOD Procurement process and knowledge of relevant MAA/CAA regulations.
  • Knowledge and experience of applying EASA Part 21/ MAA DAOS.


Qualifications for the Principal Systems Engineer:

  • A relevant engineering degree or recognised aerospace academic qualification to at least HND standard.
  • Professional Registration at Incorporated or Chartered level with an Engineering Institution.


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

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Our Benefits:

  • Adaptive and flexible working
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more.
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave.
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant.
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community.


Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities, for example STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador days in schools. We support a number of charities that are important to our people, including those which help the defence community.


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 a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture.


About QinetiQ

As a company of thousands of 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 who 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, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.

Application Guidance
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.