Explosive Material Lifing & Energetics Specialist

Date: 17 Sep 2023

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, AU

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ employs more than 8000 people in more than 50 locations around the world, offering our customers premier expertise in advice, services and creative technology-based products.


QinetiQ Australia, part of the global QinetiQ group, provides technological and scientific expertise to help customers protect and advance their vital interests. As an innovative science and technology company, we help solve some of our customers' most challenging problems. Our determination to deliver and improve today and anticipate and shape tomorrow, makes QinetiQ a very exciting, rewarding and respected place to work and learn.

Explosive Material Lifing & Energetics Specialist


Are you interested in working at the forefront of Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance technology in Australian Defence?

QinetiQ is looking for the right person to join its team of technical experts. You will be a motivated and highly experienced degree qualified Industrial Chemist or Chemical Engineer with deep knowledge of energetics and explosive materials.


With strong team, communication and leadership skills, you will be able to synthesis and provide expert advice concerning explosive materials. This will include an appreciation of contemporary standards and the ability to conduct assessments and reviews concerning explosive material: performance/non-performance, failure modes, aging, environmental degradation, storage, lifing, testing and in-service surveillance requirements. With this skill set and ability, you will play a pivotal role supporting our Defence client in the acquisition and certification of new weapons and munitions.  This will include safe introduction into service, and their ongoing in-service management for assured safety and performance.


As a senior member of the QinetiQ technical team and valued subject matter expert, you will provide key input to company planning and ongoing development of our engineering capability and staff.

QinetiQ offers competitive salary packages and benefits, flexible work arrangements including location and a great working environment.  If this sounds like a role you would excel in, and a team you would like to be part of, then please don’t hesitate apply today.


As our ideal applicant, you will come equipped with;  

  • Experience as a Scientist, Explosive Ordnance Engineer or Discipline Specialist, ideally with higher degree qualifications or relevant continual training to maintain professional competencies in the assessment and lifing of energetics and EO materiel.
  • Professional ability to work as an effective team member, making responsible decisions on matters assigned, including; consulting, recommending and advising on the assessment and lifing of energetics and EO materiel.
  • Thorough understanding of design standards associated with the assessment and lifing of energetics and EO materiel including:
  • STANAG 4439 – Policy for Introduction and Assessment of Insensitive Munitions
  • AOP-62 – In-Service Surveillance of Munitions – General Guidance, and supporting publications,
  • AECTP-600 – The Ten Step Method for Evaluating the Ability of Material to meet Extended Life Requirements and Role and Deployment Changes


Due to the nature of this role, you will need to hold a current NV1 Australian Security Clearance


Whilst applications must be made online, confidential enquiries are welcome and may be directed to (Denise Cole - Senior Talent Acquisition Partner) via email; DLCole@QinetiQ.com.au


Looking for an Employer with Benefits?


At QinetiQ, our competitive remuneration and benefits package supports your evolving needs throughout your career.   You’ll share in the company’s success, and be rewarded for your own. We’ll invest in your professional development and provide an inclusive environment for you to succeed.


Some of our benefits include:

  • Individual professional development fund
  • Flexible work
  • Purchased leave program and loyalty leave
  • Up to 18 weeks paid parental leave
  • Annual incentive scheme
  • Complimentary salary continuance insurance
  • Annual volunteering leave with Operation Give Back
  • Relaxed dress code


A full list of our employee benefits and further information can be found here: https://www.qinetiq.com/en-au/careers/benefits





As the defence industry in Australia grows, it is an exciting time to join QinetiQ. What the company looks like today will be different to that of tomorrow as we navigate an ever changing world. To innovate for our customers' advantage we value the need for diversity of thought in everything we do. We provide a flexible and inclusive environment where our people can bring their whole selves to work, meaningfully contribute and have equal opportunity to succeed. We actively seek applications from people who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Aligned with our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan, we also encourage applications from women, veterans and First Nations people. 

QinetiQ conducts pre-employment screening, including but not limited to identity verification and police checks, for all preferred candidates.