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Chief Engineer

Date: Sep 24, 2022

Location: Lorton, Virginia, US

Company: QinetiQ

Who Are We?

We are a world-class team of professionals who deliver next generation technology and products in robotic and autonomous platforms, ground, soldier, and maritime systems in 50+ locations world-wide. Much of our work contributes to innovative research in the fields of sensor science, signal processing, data fusion, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and augmented reality (AR).

QinetiQ Inc.’s dedicated experts in defense, aerospace, security, and related fields all work together to explore new ways of protecting the American Warfighter, Security Forces, and Allies. Being a part of QinetiQ Inc. means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. 

Why Join QinetiQ Inc.?

If you have the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges, then you will experience a unique working environment where innovative teams blend different perspectives, disciplines, and technologies to discover new ways of solving complex problems.  In our diverse and inclusive environment, you can be authentic, feel valued, be respected, and realize your full potential. QinetiQ Inc. will support you with workplace flexibility, a commitment to the health and well-being of you and your family and provide opportunities to work with a purpose. We are committed to supporting your success in both your professional and personal lives.

QinetiQ is looking to hire a Chief Engineer to lead the development of new technologies aimed at advancing the capabilities of airborne C5ISR sensor systems, and will have responsibility in the following areas:


  • Lead the airborne C5ISR sensor systems engineering design, integration, flight testing and upgrade team in system RDT&E trades to include requirements definition and tracking, system and EO/IR, hyperspectral, RF/EW sensors tradeoff analyses, stabilized multi mission payload design and integration to airborne platforms to include fixe wing, rotary wing and UAV platforms, flight testing, Reliability, Maintainability and Failure analyses, system functionality and performance upgrades, and system transition to production.
  • Work with customers, domestic and international strategic partners on adaptation and integration of C5ISR multi mission payloads to airborne platforms, communication nodes and ground control systems.
  • Work with Program Management and senior Leadership to ensure the quality and overall performance of the engineering team and final product.
  • Lead trade studies, testing, and modeling and simulation of the system.


To Land This Job, You Need:


  • BS in Engineering, preferably Electrical Engineering, mechanical engineering or Computer Engineering. MS preferred.
  • 10+ years' engineering experience in large C5ISR systems, preferably containing EO/IR, hyperspectral, RF/EW sensors, integrated with fixed swing, rotary wing and UAVs.
  • 5+ years' experience leading engineering teams on a system design, integration, build and testing.
  • 5+ years' experience in end-to end integrating of C5ISR sensor systems to communication nodes and ground control systems.
  • 5+ years' experience as military officer with experience in airborne platforms preferred.


Job Type:  Full Time


Clearance Level Must Currently Possess:

DOD Secret


Why QinetiQ Inc.?

  • Your work will contribute to the protection of American Warfighters and Security Forces.
  • Opportunity to work with cutting edge technology.
  • Extensive opportunities for continuous learning, professional growth and advancement. 
  • We only hire the best!  No matter if you are entry or senior level, you will have the opportunity learn from some of the best in the industry.
  • We have fun!  We regularly have company events, from luncheons and costume contests to golf tournaments.
  • We care about YOU and YOUR FAMILY.  We offer competitive benefits and health insurance options.

No One Has Time for Long Job Applications!

We completely understand, that is why we have made the application process easy. We promise. This will be simple.


If because of a medical condition or disability you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (540) 658-2720 Opt. 4 and let us know the nature of your request and contact information.

QinetiQ Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All Qualified Applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.