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Land Domain Solution Architect

Date: 25-Nov-2022

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

The Land domain will remain vital and the role of the Army remains key.   The battlespace will expand and become increasingly transparent.  Weapons will have increasing range, precision and lethality.  There will be a rise of autonomous systems and data and digital networks will be key.  Procurement times will reduce and there will be increased use of agile methodologies to apply the latest innovation that industry can offer.

 

We are looking to appoint a Solution Architect, who will lead in further development and execution of QinetiQ’s Land Domain strategy. This will involve engaging senior customer stakeholders to shape their thinking and strategy; leading the development of system and focused propositions; and, guiding and supporting strategic captures, which are central to our growth ambitions across the Land domain.

 

This an exciting opportunity where you will be at the centre of QinetiQ’s ongoing investment in the land domain seeking to exploit our existing and developing capabilities, working with newly acquired companies and innovative partners.

 

ROLE PURPOSE

To provide the solution leadership of disruptive propositions to meet our Land growth ambitions. Key priorities will include: development and presentation of disruptive solutions in cooperation with internal and customer stakeholders aligned with QinetiQ growth themes to enable new opportunities to be closed by the Business development Team across:

  • Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS) / Human Machine Teaming (HMT)
  • Experimentation
  • Mission Systems Integration
  • Cyber & Electromagnetic Activities
  • Intelligence, Situational Awareness & Reconnaissance (ISTAR)

A key emphasis of this role is on driving innovations into solution development against customer articulated challenges.   This will involve significant customer engagement, working hand in glove with the programmes and business development teams.

 

Key pre-requisites are having the ability to co-ordinate development of a clear strategy and vision, definition of compelling and innovative solutions, then leading and directing multi-disciplined teams across its execution.

 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

  1. Strategy: working alongside the Integrated Delivery Team Lead, other Solution Architects & Head of Business Development, support definition of the technical & capability  solution  across the key Land Domain focussed areas, leading in definition and realisation of objectives (including raising investment cases) set out in the Integrated Strategic Business Plan (5 year business plan).
  2. Strategic Relationships: Support Business Development and Delivery in building and retaining strong relationships with customers, partners and colleagues across all levels, both business and technical.
  3. Leadership: Lead a team of technical SME’s and engineers from across the company in Land focussed proposition development and strategic captures.
  4. Proposition Development: Form a network of Land, RAS, HMT & Mission System Integration experts (both internally and externally) and work with them to develop the solution and service propositions (including identifying synergies between them across customers and geographies).
  5. Customer Engagement: Lead customer engagement across all levels acting as the technical and solution developer to support shaping customer requirements and priorities, then applying appropriate capabilities to fulfil them.
  6. Business Development: Support Business Development leads in the oversight of solution design that drives development of business with new types of solutions and with new customers.
  7. Capability Development: Works with the Capability Area Leaders to identify the capabilities required to deliver Land strategic propositions. This includes how new capabilities such as Naimuri can be applied, as well as identifying and on-boarding partners
  8. Thought Leadership: Leads on development of internal strategic proposition, published white papers and other thought leadership material. 

 

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to go beyond powerpoint and transform the vision into a deliverable proposition
  • Definition of the “how” and the “who” below the strategic proposition and the growth vision statement
  • Demonstrable success in developing Investment business case proposition and delivery
  • Leadership of diverse technical teams, providing clear direction to ensure alignment and effective collaboration
  • Strong commercial awareness with good knowledge of how propositions contribute to the business.
  • Experienced in selling propositions, including producing high quality bid response material and proposals, as well as leading workshops and presenting to all levels of the customer as required.
  • Evidence of building repeatable customer solutions/services that deliver profitable growth
  • Able to identify and articulate the unique selling points of QinetiQ propositions alongside a clear value proposition, ensuring they are differentiated from those of competitors.
  • Ability to “get stuff done”: work through blockers, help the teamwork through issues and ensure that support is directed to the people who need it (i.e. be able to quickly understand issues and identify the high-risk areas and work to mitigate).
  • Has proven experience operating in a Solution Architect/Technical Leader role, at a senior level, influencing and delivering key propositions to customers. This ranges across not only larger deals (£10M+) but also those which are smaller yet strategically important.
  • Specific prior experience in land domain activities are essential – experience in the Army as a staff officer in a trials establishment or Cap Futures directorate is desirable but not essential.
  • Depth of understanding of architectures, experimentation and autonomy.

 

 

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.