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Systems Engineer - MSP Canberra

Date: 17-Mar-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.


In Australia we employ more than 600 people across all States and Territories. QinetiQ is a unique company to be a part of. This uniqueness comes not just from our skills and experience, but through our people first culture and collective commitment to helping our customers protect assets and save lives. 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.


QinetiQ is developing at an incredible pace year on year and we’re not slowing down!


This is an exciting phase in our history and we are looking for talented Systems Engineer based in Canberra, to join our Major Service Provider (MSP) Division as we embark on our next phase of growth.

You’ll share our values of Performance, Collaboration and Integrity, and our purpose to protect the safety and security of our nation. Joining our talented team, you will be part of a diverse and inclusive environment with an enviable culture which inspires our people to deliver their best work.


Our MSP Division, is part of a large and well respected consortium of independent, technical management partners, which include Nova Systems and PwC: supported by a range of specialist SMEs.  The MSP portfolio covers the CASG Maritime, Land, Air and Joint Domains, employing over 800 individual management consultants in partnership with our Defence Clients. This long standing arrangement enables us to provide development pathways for our employees and hugely diverse opportunities in terms of role, specialisation or location.  From contributing to the design specification of a new weapon system, establishing sustainment processes for critical defence materiel or working closely with the World’s most advanced Defence manufacturers, there are opportunities and long term careers for motivated team players.       


We share and support Defence’s commitment to growing and improving Australia’s military capability.  We do this by delivering large, long term, integrated work packages across the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG). 

In doing so we work closely with both uniformed and public service staff to help plan and undertake the acquisition and support of advanced military systems and equipment through the provision of rigorous analysis, advice and assurance; we relish solving the unique and challenging problems this work entails.  


About the Role


We have a range of different opportunities for Systems Engineers in our Canberra Team, supporting a wide variety of Defence projects. As such, we will work with you to target the area that is of greatest interest to yourself and most beneficial to your future career with QinetiQ.   The roles generally include developing key client artefacts and documentation to enable acquisition and approval.


As a Systems Engineer, your responsibilities may include the following:


  • Developing required documentation for progression through the Department Product Lifecycle Management Model (PLCMM)
  • Managing the preparation of Objective Quality Evidence (OQE) that the materiel being delivered by the Project and Work Package(s) (WP) meets the requirements of the Executive Authority
  • Providing technical advice and recommendations to the Project Lead and Project Director
  • Developing the required documentation for project maturity
  • Communicating with the Capability Manager and other stakeholders
  • Working effectively in a small team environment
  • Providing systems engineering knowledge/skills transfer to other team members



To be successful for the role of Systems Engineer you will need to bring with you:


  • Formal qualifications from a recognised tertiary institute or relevant industry experience       
  • Demonstrated experience in systems engineering or relatable role
  • Proven experience in delivering high quality capability documentation to enable the project to attain Initial Material Release (IMR), Initial Operational Capability (IOC), and Final Operational Capability (FOC) on time and within budget
  • Be a self-motivator with the ability to work under limited supervision to achieve directed project/capability outcomes
  • Possess strong communication skills with a focus on stakeholder engagement and management
  • Well-developed analytical and conceptual skills
  • Experience in planning, analysis, and development of material introduction into service requirements with an understanding of and experience in processing materiel


Candidates will need to be eligible to obtain an Australian Government Security Clearance. QinetiQ conducts pre-employment screening, including but not limited to identity verification and police checks, for all preferred candidates.


Life at QinetiQ

Our people and our culture make QinetiQ a great place to work, we value integrity, collaboration and performance.

QinetiQ is a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice, and past winner of the Defence Teaming Centre Employer of Choice Awards.

We look after our people are committed to attracting and retaining the best talent in the market. We celebrate our differences and incorporate diversity and inclusion into everything we do. Our salary and benefits package is designed to make sure we support our diverse group of employees through the different stages of their life and careers.


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 allowance
  • Flexible work
  • Purchased leave program & 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 can be found here:




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 Gender Equality Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan we also encourage applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.