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Principal Systems Engineer

Date: 03-Mar-2023

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ


Job title: Principal Systems Engineer

Location: Portsmouth or Farnborough (remote working available)


The full benefits package includes – Contributory pension scheme, share incentive plan, private medical insurance, private dental insurance, childcare vouchers, holiday vouchers, other leisure discounts, etc.


About the role


The Joint Maritime Security Centre (JMSC) is the UK government’s centre of excellence for maritime security. Its mission is to increase awareness and understanding of maritime security threats and enable cross-government coordination to deliver a whole-system response to mitigate them.


This is an opportunity to lead a step change in UK capability. We are looking for a Principal Engineer with strong systems engineering / systems integration background, to lead the upgrading of radar interfaces and data management systems to underpin a QinetiQ service provided to the JMSC.


What will I be doing?


This is a mixture of hands-on work, leading a technical team to the desired outcome, and solution development, working with the customer and other stakeholders to establish the approach for the future capability.  This involves stakeholder management, technical planning, design, installation, hardware decisions, supplier engagement, visiting sites across the UK and ensuring the solution meets the contractual and customer need.  This is the start of long term programme; you will be involved in road mapping and influencing direction, working closely with senior stakeholders across QinetiQ and customer community.


You will likely have track record of working in radar systems integration, secure distributed data systems, or systems combining data feeds with security, scalability and service in mind.  You will have a keen interest in the system purpose and context, with an ability to influence future direction.


What do I need?


  • The Principal Systems Engineer should have strong technical leadership with demonstrable experience is essential;
  • You should have experience managing complexity and working with multi-disciplinary teams, subcontractors and commercial organisations.
  • The Principal Systems Engineer should have hands on delivery of systems engineering artefacts, such as requirements, systems architecture / design, integration and test plans;
  • You should have well developed, effective communication and influencing skills to build relationships with the customer and the supply chain;
  • The Principal Systems Engineer should have knowledge of commercial maritime radars and basic detection principles;


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, 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.


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 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, 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.