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Principal Tech Lead

Date: 15-Jan-2023

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Role Purpose

  • To provide technical leadership in the area of IT and networking in order to meet business objectives and deliver growth.
  • The role will work with programme managers, business across the company to develop winning proposals and to deliver compelling IT solutions.
  • The individual will also support the technical strategy within a business area.
  • This will involve interpretation of business goals and drivers, the identification of required changes in capabilities.  They will oversee technical work and be forward leaning, shaping the solutions for the future.


Key Accountabilities


The role will be responsible for:

Leadership: Lead project teams to deliver complex solutions using best practice. Success will depend on your ability to forge strong collaborative working relationships to develop great solutions for new and existing customers.
Delivery: Responsible for providing technical leadership for programme, project and bidding activities.


In Year Accountabilities:

  • Provide effective technical leadership and support to the business both in delivery or programmes and bidding activities.
  • Provide technical assurance by leading the development of appropriate technical standards that comply with statutory, regulatory, company and project specific processes and procedures.
  • Collaborate extensively across businesses and functions, drawing on all relevant staff and resources and activities across the Sector.
  • To understand the market requirements and future technology developments and apply them to development of compelling technical solutions.
  • To support the development of network and IT staff in the Technical Disciplines and support resourcing decisions.
  • Responsible (potentially through delegation) for the development of:
  • Design Certifications
  • Technical Delivery Plans
  • High Level Documentation
  • Detailed Design Documentation
  • Testing schedules at component, system and user levels
  • To support Business Development and Sales activities.

Key Capabilities/Knowledge

  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills.
  • A scientist/engineer/leader with a background of working on a range of project types.
  • Possess the leadership skills required to engage and motivate the team to contribute to the growth and success of the business.
  • To be recognised as a supporter of positive cultural change.
  • Role holder is likely to be a respected expert in their field with a record of outstanding technical contributions in IT, network, cloud and/or High Performance Computing, sustained high performance in previous appointments (or in an equivalent external technical environment).
  • Takes active account of the aims and objectives of colleagues and customers to motivate, mentor and encourage team members to develop their careers
  • Stimulates creative ideas and integrates their contributions into attractive solutions.
  • A respected technical leader who can perform complex engineering/technical assignments developing creative, yet practical solutions to customer problems, challenging conventional or traditional methods or procedures where required.
  • As well as serving as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for customers, is also skilled in working with customers to open up new business opportunities.
  • Responsible for problem definition, in conjunction with customers, users and colleagues, and capable of scoping out and assembling high quality written project documentation (e.g. proposals, reports etc).
  • Ability to offer pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to technical challenges.

Experience & Qualifications

  • A first degree in Science or Engineering, or an equivalent, nationally recognised, professional qualification, with typically over 7 years of further on the job experience and growth of key skills, working in the domain and backed up with a tangible track record of achievement. 
  • An internally recognised expert with a broad and comprehensive understanding of concepts and principles within the areas of IT, networking and cloud computing.
  • Has good commercial awareness; has a good knowledge of how the technical function contributes to the business and a good understanding of competitors.
  • Uses conceptual and innovative thinking; evaluates situations using multiple sources of information; makes complex judgements based on advanced analytical thought.
  • CPD continues, aiming towards a higher class of professional membership or similar accreditation, and once achieved, actively using it to benefit the role holder and QinetiQ.

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.