Senior System Engineer

Date: 10 Dec 2023

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ


Job Title:       Senior Systems Engineer
Location:       Remote, or adaptive working + occasional paid travel to other sites within the UK
Package:       Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits
Role Type:     Full time / Permanent
Role ID:         SF15489


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as as a Senior Systems Engineer at the British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC) where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.


QinetiQ is a leading science and engineering company that operates primarily in the defence, security, and critical infrastructure markets. Our mission is to safeguard and enhance the capabilities of our customers, ensuring they can perform their missions safely and effectively. At our BUTEC facility, we specialize in underwater test and evaluation, pushing the boundaries of technology to support our clients in achieving their goals.


This position offers a unique opportunity to work on ground-breaking projects in a dynamic and collaborative environment. We also offer many different progression opportunities around the business and training in many different areas.


The role

As a Senior Systems Engineer you'll have a role that is out of the ordinary, focusing on advancing noise ranging and tracking capabilities. You'll play a pivotal role in designing, developing, and implementing cutting-edge systems to enhance our underwater testing and evaluation processes. 


Accountabilites of the Senior Systems Engineer

  • Delivering high quality systems engineering outcomes supporting the UK’s ranging capability under the T3E programme (T3E (Test, Trials, Training and Evaluation)) this includes system architecture definition, concepts of operation, detailed system modelling, testing, integration and even delivery to the range.
  • Providing direction and recommendations relating to technical risks and opportunities, owning actions, solutions and future work streams.
  • Understanding and applying relevant regulatory, safety and technical standards, integrating required compliance and governance activity into delivery work.
  • Working closely with skilled engineers to deliver a wide variety of technical solutions and outcomes.


Remote, or adaptive working from any of the following sites: Bristol, Farnborough, Malvern, Portsmouth or the outer Hebrides is available. Occasional paid travel to these sites will be required from time to time. 


Essential experience of the Senior Systems Engineer

  • Significant experience within Systems Engineering.
  • You should have a background of working within an Engineering or Defence company. We also encourage people who come from the forces.
  • Qualifications for the Senior Systems Engineer:
  • We value difference and we don’t have a fixed idea when it comes to background or education, provided you can show the required level of experience we would like to hear from you.

Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance, as a minimum. National security vetting: clearance levels - GOV.UK (


Our Benefits

  • Adaptive and flexible working
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more.
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave. 
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. 
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community.


Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities, for example STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador days in schools. We support a number of charities that are important to our people, including those which help the defence community. 


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 a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Visit our website to read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture. 


About QinetiQ
As a company of thousands of 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 who 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, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.