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Principal Data Scientist

Date: 04-Jan-2023

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

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

UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (



Role Purpose

We are looking for a skilled professional senior data scientist to join our data analytics team, based at our Malvern or Farnborough sites. The team undertake a wide variety of exciting, innovative and leading edge research in the areas of Data Science, AI, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision and Tracking for Security, Defence and Commercial customers. Our team includes machine learning and data science specialists, human science practitioners and software developers. We have the ambition to grow into a leading-edge Data Science capability to support projects across the whole breadth of QinetiQ’s global portfolio of programmes.


Duties and Areas of Responsibility

This is a senior leadership role with the successful candidate being someone who is a proven SME, proven record in designing solutions, leading bids for complex programme and successful delivery of large teams. The person will be part of the technical leadership in this area, contributing to defining strategy and identifying direction of travel for the skill area.


You will influence colleagues and customers in an exciting high-paced, leading-edge technology environment whilst keeping up with the state-of-the-art in a broad and high profile technical area.


The ability to technically lead bids and projects, communicate openly, think creatively, collaborate, and influence a range of stakeholders is essential.


You will be accountable to Group Leader, Project Manager, Business Area Leads and customer(s) for producing high quality technical output, including understanding customer requirements, identifying, evaluating, and recommending and developing tools and algorithms, and generating insights from data. You will lead on tasks for a variety of projects involving extraction, cleansing, association, modelling, inference, and visualisation of both structured and unstructured data.


This role will require the holder to hold an SC security clearance, and ideally a DV. If you apply for a DV level of clearance, you will normally need to have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of 5 years, regardless of nationality.

Full time/part time or flexible working arrangements will be considered for the right candidate. Working from home is possible for some days each week (subject to discussion). Off-site working at Customer sites may be required.


Person Specification

Successful candidates will have substantial experience over 10 years of working with data-intensive projects, and a curiosity to work in a diverse set of domains, with a variety of technology stacks including different programming languages. The ability to communicate openly, think creatively, collaborate, and influence a range of stakeholders will be essential. Experience of technical supervision of less experienced staff would also be an advantage.

Essential knowledge, skills and experience required:


  • Qualified to at least University Honours STEM Degree or equivalent, PhD level preferred, or equivalent research experience.
  • An excellent track record of technical leadership of delivery of data-intensive projects over 10years.
  • Proven experience of working in a leadership role, focused on customer needs and requirements or equivalent engineering role with customer/stakeholder exposure and influence.
  • Enthusiastic and willing to work flexibly to be part of a high-performing team.
  • Experienced and knowledgeable in some aspects of at least one of the following:
    • Machine Learning
    • Natural Language Processing
    • Computer Vision
    • Signal Processing
    • Tracking
  • Experienced and knowledgeable in some aspects of the engineering of data processing pipelines, including some of the open-source and branded tools and languages listed below.
  • UK national with at least SC clearance, or the ability to obtain this before starting work.
  • Excellent verbal and written technical communications skills.


List of relevant tools:

  • Languages include: Python, R, Matlab, SQL, and Bash.
  • Libraries include: NumPy, Matplotlib, Pandas, Scikit-learn, TensorFlow, Keras, SciPy, Hugging Face.
  • Operating systems include: Linux (various flavours) and Windows.
  • Cloud environments include: AWS, Azure.
  • Tools include Git, Jupyter, Conda.


Desirable experience of some or all of the following:

  • Agile or scaled Agile teams.
  • Data association and inference techniques.
  • Virtualisation technologies.
  • Supervision of less experienced technical staff.
  • Full product development lifecycle from requirements to user testing.
  • More general engineering design and implementation processes.


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

UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (


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.  

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 

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.