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Product Owner-Acoustic Programmes

Date: 23-Nov-2022

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Product Owner – Acoustic Programmes


QinetiQ are looking for a Product Owner to join the Maritime Test, Evaluation, Training and Tactics team and lead a range of 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.


The role would suit product owners with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Systems engineering best practice in line with ISO 15288
  • Software engineering best practice and Agile delivery
  • Underwater hardware
  • Acoustic signal processing
  • Test and integration or range activities
  • Equipment delivery
  • Equipment calibration and test


What Will I Be Doing?


Own the technical roadmap for one or more scrum teams and making sure that it aligns to stakeholder requirements and expectations as well as broader strategic goals


Lead product releases and set expectations for delivery of new capabilities


Plan and prioritise the product backlog for one or more scrum teams


Ensure that the product backlog reflects the requirements and vision of the project


Advocate for agile initiatives and best practice across the programme


Provide direction and recommendations relating to technical risks and opportunities, owning actions, solutions and future work streams.

Coordinate multi-stakeholder analysis into reports and presentations for delivery to customers and industry partners.


Generate engineering deliverables that meet the needs of multiple projects supporting the UK’s acoustic ranging capability under the LTPA programme (


Understand and apply relevant regulatory, safety and technical standards, integrating required compliance and governance activity into delivery work.



We are seeking skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Agile Methods
  • Systems Engineering
  • Lifecycle management
  • System Architecture
  • Requirements management

Key Accountabilities

  1. Working closely with the project manager to plan and deliver (generally through a team) all the technical/engineering activities required to meet project objectives
  2. Responsible for devising and delivering the technical solution using sound technical, management and leadership skills such as systems engineering management and project management
  3. Co-ordinates the high-level engineering activities as applicable to systems
  4. Addresses enterprise and lifecycle considerations
  5. Engages with the customer and other collaborating organisations, including in the devising of plans, review of progress, the delivery of the resultant system, and any subsequent support activities
  6. Internal and external focal point of contact for the project on all technical/engineering aspects and assurance
  7. Managing the technical risk and opportunities on behalf of the project
  8. Ensuring that the system meets appropriate regulatory, legal, safety and other engineering requirements and standards
  9. Responsible for directing and managing the output of assigned engineers (of potentially different specialisms)


Key Capabilities


  1. Good and effective communication and inter-personal skills
  2. Leadership of technical delivery projects throughout the engineering lifecycle requiring delivery of complex solutions to a range of demanding customers
  3. Employs approaches including planning/monitoring/control and ‘soft skills’ (such as team building), to ensure that safe, effective and efficient processes are applied
  4. A solid understanding of the systems engineering lifecycle and its implementation
  5. Understands the operational environment and underlying domain specific issues
  6. Able to identify and manage complexity with appropriate techniques in order to reduce risk
  7. Able to ensure that customer needs and expectations are addressed and/or satisfied
  8. Able to identify, conceive, review, and judge the suitability of systems solutions
  9. Experienced in the development and maturation of technology through the engineering lifecycle
  10. Able to plan and oversee a transition to operation activity
  11. Able to manage multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists and a broad range of internal and external stakeholders whilst building and maintaining excellent relationships.
  12. Proactively anticipates potential problems and deals with barriers
  13. Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels across the department, business, and externally with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders




  1. Demonstrates exemplary professionalism at all times, serving as a role model to others, setting appropriate professional standards on assigned tasks and promoting professionalism
  2. Actively contributes to the culture and aims of the organisation and fully understands the impact of cultural factors on the organisation and individual performance
  3. Drives the business environment in which they are deployed including demonstrating appropriate business acumen and having a global perspective
  4. Ensures team treats all individuals with dignity and respect and promotes an inclusive environment
  5. Able to articulate complex issues in a digestible format to promote understanding
  6. Takes full responsibility for teams’ output, including defining goals and deliverables for assigned staff
  7. Works with resource managers to assign and schedule work
  8. Addresses issues and challenges with senior stakeholders, forming appropriate strategies
  9. Communicates with credibility and conviction, possessing the ability to negotiate in complex situations
  10. Takes responsibility for the development of assigned staff, including mentoring and providing constructive feedback
  11. Demonstrates a high level of self-awareness and consistently improves behaviours through feedback
  12. Promotes a high standard of health, safety and wellbeing
  13. Able to tailor behaviours to suit different audiences and circumstances


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

UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (

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.