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Senior Systems Engineer

Date: 05-Mar-2023

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ's Systems Engineers are at the heart of bringing together high quality solutions following best practice through the engineering lifecycle.  Systems engineers operate at whole system level, developing use cases, requirements, architecture and system models, and or are expert in elements of delivery lifecycle; technical planning, implementation, interfaces, integration, verification, compliance, certification and acceptance.


This opportunity is to grow our professional systems engineering team supporting product / prototype / complex systems developments.  You will have a passion for excellence in technical application of systems engineering, and in growth of the systems engineering discipline as a whole.


Your systems engineering experience, skills and interests may include one or more of

  • Technical architecting of systems
  • Application of model based systems engineering in projects
  • Requirements, interfaces, verification, compliance and design certification
  • Systems thinking, use case & concept development
  • Systems solution architecting, proposal development, project delivery
  • Product engineering, product development, design for manufacture
  • Concept system demonstrator development, science-prototype transition
  • Systems engineering and delivery using Agile principles (Scrum)


Roles are available from Engineer to Principal Level; projects and roles scale in complexity across a broad portfolio of applications and domain.


What will I be doing?

You will be working on aspects of a system, depending on your experience.  You will be responsible for producing relevant systems engineering artefacts such as models, requirements, use cases, interface definitions, technical delivery plans, verification plans etc.


You will lead in your field of experience and will actively participate in developing the profession within QinetiQ through networking and mentoring others, whilst developing your professional skills through training and professional body activity.


You will move from project to project (short / medium / long term deployments), contributing to the system development or technical leadership activity.  Often you will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be an active participant in the overall system solution and decision making, reducing technical risk through application of sound systems engineering principles.



What do I need?

You need to have demonstrable experience of applying systems engineering principles to complex problems.  You may be a specialist in an element of the profession or lifecycle and have a broad base of applying systems engineering, eg in defence, civil or industrial applications.


You may have demonstrable experience in product engineering and product development, and or in delivering concept demonstrators or prototype hardware following rigorous engineering principles.  You may have an interest in spinning up demonstrators, or product development through Agile incremental delivery.


You will have an ability to communicate complex solutions and engineering outcomes to stakeholders.  You will be able to manage ambiguity, identify and mitigate technical risk.  You will be able to succinctly summarise and produce concise reports highlighting the relevant information.


You will value individuals around you, and be able to join teams and operate inclusively, whilst adjusting your leadership style to situation and environment.



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 b