ISTAR Consultant Opportunites

Date: 31 Aug 2023

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

It’s an exciting time to be part of QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join us as we continue to grow into new markets around the world. We currently have many opportunities and would love to hear from candidates who are interested in joining us now or in the future.

If there is alignment between your skills and the opportunities currently available, we will be contact.  Should there not be anything suitable at present, with your permission, we will keep your CV on file for consideration as future roles become available.

Within QinetiQ the UK Intelligence Business help our customers respond to ever evolving threats, based on our expertise in training, secure communication platforms, intelligence, surveillance and cyber security. We deliver Mission Winning Innovation into global defence, security, and critical national infrastructure markets.


The QinetiQ Cyber, Analysis and Mission Solutions (CAMS) discipline provides Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Subject Matter Expertise into QinetiQ projects to deliver capability into Defence, Government and Industry.


The QinetiQ CAMS ISTAR Group currently supports a number of major projects and campaigns such as the Engineering Delivery Partnership (EDP), Defence Intelligence Rapid Innovation Capability (DI RIC), Maritime Warfare Operational Support Team (MWOST), Air Command, Maritime Warfare Centre (MWC), Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Centre (JEWOSC), Tactical CIS (TACCIS), PICASSO Systems Integration Team (PSIT), Watchkeeper Army UAS, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Innovation Partnership and many more both in the UK and internationally.


The Group is recruiting ISTAR Consultants at all levels, in a variety of locations, to support a number of high-profile ventures. This is a great opportunity to join a high performing team in a dynamic, agile delivery environment. These roles could provide career progression opportunities to more senior roles within QinetiQ.


What will I be doing?


  • Provide technical advice or support into projects in support of exiting or future ISTAR platforms, sensors, mission systems or processes.

  • Support integration of innovation into ISTAR capabilities.

  • Support internal and Dstl led research programmes to provide innovative solutions to emerging problems.

  • Provide advice and support to equipment delivery programmes, through user workshop engagements, and advise on process change and management to enhance capability and/or reduce operator burden, operational risk and/or reduce through life costs.

  • Support trials planning, management, verification & validation and reporting.

  • Engaging with stakeholders, project managers and senior technical staff to ensure customer and business needs are satisfied appropriately and problems are mitigated.


What will I need?


  • Understanding of the ISTAR Domain (IMINT, GEOINT, OSINT, HUMINT, SIGINT, ACINT, RF etc.) platforms, sensors, mission systems and exploitation tools both from a technical delivery and/or user perspective.

  • Flexible approach to tasking, able to take on multiple projects or tasks in potentially a variety of stages of development i.e. concept development, requirements capture, design, delivery, verification and validation.

  • Good oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work in a team or individually.

  • Be prepared to travel to customer and QinetiQ sites to support project delivery.

  • Hold SC or DV clearances or be prepared to go through Government Vetting process.


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.  


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

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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 be employed in.