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Associate Systems Engineer

Date: 17-Nov-2022

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Associate System Engineer – Acoustic Programmes

QinetiQ are looking for an Associate Systems Engineer to join the Maritime Test, Evaluation, Training and Tactics team conducting technical activities to integrate new and existing noise ranging systems at the Range facilities at BUTEC in Scotland, as well as providing advice that will directly impact defence operations.

As an Associate Systems Engineer you will typically assist within development projects, but may find yourself leading specific areas or the development of sub-systems, with appropriate supervision. The role will require you to be involved in a broad application of systems engineering knowledge, from the establishing of user needs through to final delivery. Typically you will work across a number of these areas and develop strong whole lifecycle experience.



As an Associate System Engineer, knowledge of, and experience in one or more of the following areas is beneficial but not essential:

  • Sonar systems and underwater acoustics
  • Electromagnetic measurement systems
  • Underwater and/or littoral environments.


Key Accountabilities

  1. Undertakes technical work activities within a systems engineering context
  2. Working as part of a technical team in support of project objectives
  3. Supervised support to decision management
  4. Supervised production of technical documentation in support of work carried out
  5. Delivers work and reports on progress to more senior technical and project staff
  6. Escalates problems and issues encountered with supervisory staff


Key Capabilities

  1. Basic understanding of systems engineering, its applicability, lifecycle processes, and systems considerations
  2. Has some understanding of broad engineering considerations
  3. Has some understanding of different system engineering approaches and likely enterprise considerations
  4. Able to apply certain systems engineering techniques
  5. Able to devise standard systems engineering outputs such as engineering and management plans, product descriptions, test result reports etc.
  6. Able to anticipate possible problems and to be in a position to deal with obstacles
  7. Possesses problem solving ability
  8. Possesses systems approach through understanding wider picture, cause and effect, likely consequences etc.



  1. Understands the importance of professionalism, including personal integrity, and the relative competencies of staff by virtue of their grade or role
  2. Understands the culture of the organisation and their contribution towards it
  3. Understands the business environment in which they are deployed and the respective role of QinetiQ staff
  4. Takes personal responsibility for their performance and knows when to ask for help or escalate issues
  5. Treats others with dignity and respects everybody's contributions
  6. Delivers work output as agreed with their delivery manager with respect to quality, time and budget
  7. Understands target audience, adapting style and communication accordingly
  8. Takes substantial responsibility for personal development in collaboration with their functional manager including undertaking elements of self-development
  9. Demonstrates awareness of health, safety and wellbeing of self




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.