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Director of Systems Engineering

Date: May 25, 2023

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 Director of Systems Engineering to lead the development of new technologies aimed at advancing the capabilities of Defense Technology & Solutions. Key responsibilities are listed below:


  • Reports to VP Engineering.  Serves as primary owner and chief voice of Systems engineering.
  • Promulgate robust, repeatable, scalable, systems engineering processes - for developing system requirements, solution architectures, requirements for integration, test, sustainment
  • Provide expertise to ensure MBSE processes are appropriately applied to projects - Customer problem characterization, solution development, project engineering management
  • Collaborate with Business Development - Properly qualify opportunities with respect to technical feasibility and risk. Assist creating proposal responses in system engineering areas such as solution architecture, engineering processes
  • Grow and evolve the SE Directorate - Recruiting and training of SE talents
  • Standardize SE tools, procedures, processes, and engineering performance metrics
  • Ensure successful execution of all programs from SE and PE’s perspective
  • Standardization of Project Setup, Kickoff, Progress Reporting, and Gate Reviews
  • Standardize SE tools, procedures, processes, and engineering performance metrics
  • Define the path MOSA, design reuse, MBSE and DevSecOps (working with SW, IT and other teams)
  • Support in developing technology roadmaps to align with 5-Year C5ISR strategic road map


To Land This Job, You Need:


  • BS or MS degree in System Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Physics and 10 or more years of progressively complex system engineering experience with at least 5 of those years having management responsibilities directly related to RDT&E, new product introduction, design for manufacturing, low rate and full rate production engineering, all related to C5ISR sensor systems, unmanned ground and airborne platforms and payloads, robotics and electronic and Electro-Optics sensor systems.
  • Must be a US citizen and able to acquire a DoD secret level clearance.
  • Demonstrated extensive technical expertise and application of system engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice as well as project and/or program leadership including organizing, planning, scheduling, and coordinating workloads to meet established project deadlines or milestones.
  • Must possess demonstrated management experience building and developing teams including hiring, retention, training and mentoring, and administrative management in support of a diverse set of technology and project pursuits, with preference to Electro-Optics Technology.
  • Demonstrated technical leadership experience leading a cross-functional project team of technical staff in the development of electronic sensors, subsystem and systems designs associated with electronic sensor systems is required.
  • Experience in managing multidisciplinary teams to achieve system level objectives is required.
  • Knowledge of Systems Engineering principles is required. Hands on experience with DOORS or SLATE system engineering tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and contribute to the development of new concepts and products; resolve unusually complex technical problems; serve as a system engineering lead and technical expert on overall system solutions.
  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with all levels of management, professional and support staff, current and potential customers, and government representatives.
  • Customer focused, flexibility and ability to formulate plans based on the development of innovative new designs in resolving advanced technical engineering problems.
  • Must be able to work on a self-initiated basis and in a team environment.


Job Type:  Full Time


Clearance Level Must Currently Possess:

DOD Secret


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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.