Principal IT Engineer / Technical Lead

Date: 16 Nov 2023

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:       Principal IT Engineer / Technical Lead
Location:       Malvern, Worcestershire 
Package:       Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:     Full time / Permanent
Role ID:         SF15546


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as Principal IT Engineer / Technical Lead at Malvern Technology Centre where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.


The Role

As a Principal IT Engineer / Technical Lead, you will provide high calibre engineering leadership for delivering IT and Intelligence systems in order to meet business objectives and deliver growth. You will support the technical strategy using your skills and vision to positively influence the technical direction to the benefit of QinetiQ and our customers.


You will  lead the technical delivery of large and complex projects and in the development of winning proposals and oversee work across multi-disciplinary technical team.


Responsibilities of the Principal IT Engineer / Technical Lead

  • Lead project teams to deliver complex solutions using best practice. Success will depend on your ability to forge strong collaborative working relationships to develop great solutions for new and existing customers. Delivery will also require the ability to technically lead and integrate output delivered by third parties
  • Responsible for providing technical leadership for programme, project and bidding activities
  • Lead the development of the company/customer’s strategic intent in the area of IT and infrastructure
  • Provide technical assurance by leading the development of appropriate technical standards that comply with statutory, regulatory, company and project specific processes and procedures.
  • To understand the market requirements and future technology developments and to lead the area in the development of strategies for new capabilities and areas for business growth.
  • To support the development of IT specialism in the Technical Disciplines and support resourcing decisions, including both long term and short term planning, informing competency and capacity requirements, investment priorities and critical make/buy/partner decisions.


Essential skills and experience of the Principal IT Engineer / Technical Leader

  • A respected technical leader who can perform complex engineering/technical assignments developing creative, yet practical solutions to customer problems, challenging conventional or traditional methods or procedures where required.
  • Demonstrable evidence of creating clear and concise direction to achieve a successful outcome. Possess the leadership skills required to engage and motivate the team to contribute to the growth and success of the business.
  • A recognised expert in their field, with a broad and comprehensive understanding of concepts and principles within the areas of discipline and a record of outstanding technical contributions
  • Demonstrable good commercial awareness; has an excellent knowledge of how the technical function contributes to the business, an excellent understanding of competitors and working with customers to open up new business opportunities
  • Ability to shape, describe and deliver whole or parts of projects and exercise considerable discretion on a variety of complex assignments, influencing strategy (and budgets) across a number of skill groups

Qualifications for the Principal IT Engineer / Technical Leader

  • A first degree in Science or Engineering, or an equivalent, nationally recognised, professional qualification, with significant on the job experience and growth of key skills, working in the domain and backed up with a tangible track record of achievement. 
  • A scientist/engineer/leader with a background of working on a range of projects and campaigns.
  • CPD continues, aiming towards further self-development in technical, leadership and behavioural skills, actively using it to benefit the role holder and 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 (


Our Benefits

  • Flexible working
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community


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.