Cloud Engineer and Architect Opportunities

Date: 26 Nov 2023

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ is growing – and it’s a great time to be here. As we enter new markets around the world, we need talented Cloud Engineers and Architect to join us across the UK.


You’ll be part of a business that was named the Most Admired Aerospace & Defence Company in the Britain’s Most Admired Companies 2021 study.

You’ll also be joining a diverse, inclusive employer that’s proud to provide a collaborative, open working environment. With our Adaptive approach, you’ll enjoy the work-life balance that suits you best, thanks to remote, hybrid and flexible working practices.


We currently have Cloud opportunities across our sites in Farnborough, Malvern, Portsmouth and many of our other sites. If you’re interested in joining us – now or in the future – we’d love to hear from you.


If your skills fit one of our opportunities, we’ll be in contact. If we don’t have a role that’s right for you at the moment, we’ll keep your CV on file for possible opportunities in the future.

What do our Cloud Engineers and Architects do?
Our Cloud teams play a crucial role in ensuring consistent, secure, and cost-effective delivery of systems and support to projects.

They are subject matter experts in Cloud technologies, or they are actively working towards becoming one. Additionally, they possess a broad understanding of software, networks, cloud, and security technologies and processes.


As they advance in their Cloud careers at QinetiQ, they provide guidance by establishing architectural standards, creating reusable patterns, and contributing to the design, delivery, and operational principles.


Building effective relationships with various business units and managing internal stakeholders and external customers are key to succeeding in this role. At times, the team acts as consultants and advisors, leading work streams to navigate systems through accreditation processes.

They are responsible for designing new systems, integrating and updating existing ones, as well as decommissioning outdated systems. Working directly with customers, they transform complex requirements into architectures and designs, generating relevant documentation sets.


As they progress in their careers, they develop the ability to think cross-functionally, defining strategies and providing direction for the engineering team.


The team engages in various projects, such as introducing new services to support QinetiQ staff or developing new capabilities. They might also be tasked with designing a training environment for the RAF or providing an integrated intelligence toolset for armed troops. In many cases, their main challenge lies in leveraging their knowledge of commercial cloud and adapting technologies to meet specific needs.



  • Our Cloud Engineers and Architects possess a diverse range of experience working with AWS, Azure, or other public and private cloud providers.
  • They have hands-on experience in delivering complete cloud solutions using Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and CI/CD processes, while making use of cloud-native services and ensuring compliance.
  • Excellent organisational skills and effective communication abilities across different levels, from briefing the CEO to providing technical details to engineering staff, are essential.


Key points

  • QinetiQ offers varied, rewarding and interesting careers across a range of locations in the UK and overseas.
  • We explore multiple domains of application - Air, Space, Land, Maritime, ISTAR, Weapons and Cyber Systems Engineering throughout the life cycle - from concept through development and operation to disposal.
  • We have practitioners at all levels up to and including internationally recognised individuals. Our blended approach to learning means you’ll have access to online cloud training providers, formal training, mentoring, and assisted self-development and on the job training.
  • Excel, and your potential will be spotted. Our continuing professional development covers all career stages and levels of seniority.
  • With our Adaptive approach, you can work the way you want – flexibly, on-site, remotely or via hybrid working.


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

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Why we’re different


Our people. Our employees make the critical difference to customers by providing unique answers which combine technical expertise, deep domain knowledge and rigorous independent thinking.


Our independence. QinetiQ is not a manufacturer, and we stand apart from the supply chain. It’s our rigorous independent thinking that helps our customers achieve their goals.


Our breadth of capability. Our customers face challenges that define the modern world. They know we are uniquely placed to understand these issues and work with them to ensure the success of their mission or reach their objectives.


Our relationships with customers. Our prized possession is trust. Customers around the world rely on the drive and dedication of our people to help them meet their goals – often in environments where there is no second chance for failure.


Our partnerships. We use partnerships and alliances to accelerate compelling business development strategies and sustainable earnings growth. By licensing our intellectual property we reduce implementation and sales risk, and speed up time-to-market by using third party sales channels.
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.


Application Guidance
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.