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Mission Systems Specialist

Date: 17-Mar-2023

Location: Coningsby, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Cyber, Analysis and Mission Solutions


Location: Lincolnshire

Company: QinetiQ


About the Role:

QinetiQ is seeking a systems engineer to provide software and analysis support in a customer-facing environment. Applicants would ideally have a STEM degree that includes coding and analysis skills and/or demonstrable experience in the field. The role could be tailored to a recent graduate, or someone with experience of working in the field. Experience of a customer environment and/or information exploitation techniques would be an added benefit.

You will work as part of QinetiQ’s team embedded within 41 Test and Evaluation Squadron at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. In this exciting and challenging role, you will be part of a growing team of experts who influence the way mission systems are designed for, and operated by, the RAF’s Typhoon aircraft. Working alongside (and mentored by) the QinetiQ lead support engineer, you will be part of the team supporting Typhoon flight trials. Your work will include designing, developing and maintaining software tools, primarily in MATLAB, for the analysis of flight test data. You will work closely with the end-user for the entire software lifecycle – from the requirement, through development and delivery, to in-service maintenance.

Working in partnership with the customer and helping them to succeed in an increasingly complex environment means that the work is dynamic and rewarding, with an immediate feedback loop that promotes continuous improvement. You will also have the opportunity to provide training and advice on the use of software tools, analysis methods and processes, and you will gain an insight into the planning, management and execution of fast jet flight trials. As part of the wider QinetiQ team, you will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in other cyber, analysis and mission solutions areas.


What will I be doing?

•        Develop and support in-house software tools used in the analysis of Typhoon flight trials flown by our military colleagues.

•        Provide training and advice on the use of software tools, analysis methods and processes.

•        Support the effective delivery of key defence outputs, help to gain early visibility of potential issues, and be part of the early resolution of problems.


What do I need?

•        Degree in a science, engineering or maths subject and/or demonstrable and suitable experience.

•        Sole UK national and willing to undergo UK Government security vetting.

•        Innovative, a self-starter, and driven to deliver great results.

•        Eager to learn and able to apply knowledge.

•        Shows initiative, offers solutions to problems.

•        Enthusiastic team player, also able to motivate others.

•        Quality-conscious with sound risk awareness.

•        Able to follow processes and procedure


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

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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.