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Systems Architect

Date: May 24, 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 seeking a Senior Systems Architect to lead the development of new technologies aimed at advancing the capabilities of C5ISR sensor systems. This position will support our sensor product programs that are developing a series of next generation high spectral fidelity systems for commercial and defense applications. 


Your Contribution to the Mission:


  • Lead the airborne C5ISR sensor systems cross-functional team of engineers through the full product lifecycle, to include:
    • System Architecture/Concept Design
    • Trade analyses of system components, EO/IR, hyperspectral, RF/EW, and laser sensors
    • Requirements definition and tracking
    • Stabilized multi mission payload design and integration to platforms (ground and airborne)
    • Field and flight testing, data collect, mission coordination and direction
    • Reliability, Maintainability and Failure analyses
    • System functionality, performance upgrades, and system transition to production.
  • Apply innovative approaches to designing, integrating, testing, and producing complex engineering sensor systems
  • Recommend future direction of projects to company leadership and deliver technical and program briefs to government and contractor personnel at all levels
  • 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.
  • Contribute to the preparation of proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budgets, and financial terms/conditions of contracts.
  • Participate in the development of new business opportunities and expansion of existing business opportunities.


To Land This Job, You Need:


  • BS degree or equivalent experience in either Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.
  • 10+ years demonstrated experience in design, integration, and test of EO-IR and/or hyperspectral sensors and systems airborne applications.
  • 5+ years of experience leading multidisciplinary team of engineers in executing sensor systems projects
  • Hands on experience with:
    • Preferred - Confluence, JIRA, MS Project, MagicDraw or similar project management and system engineering tools
    • Nice to have – Altium, Solidworks, NV-IPM, Zemax


Job Type:  Full Time

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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.