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Principal Technical Cyber Architect

Date: 10-Nov-2022

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ



Provide technical security consultancy to Technical Leads, working closely together towards Technical Delivery Planning, to deliver both high-, and low-level designs.

Designs must be viable and cost-effective, convergent with broader organisational strategic goals, and conformant, where relevant, to customer accreditation requirements. All security requirements must be gathered by the Technical Security Consultant and fully incorporated into any designs, ensuring adherence to all appropriate standards and practices.


Key Accountabilities

  1. Work in partnership with our clients at senior level to drive the cyber defend solution outcome they seek in their business context based on QinetiQ cyber defend services (incorporating threat intelligence, threat hunting, adaptive alert monitoring and incident response)
  2. Develop conceptual security solutions, logical architectures and associated technology principles & approaches; devise and develop security plans, policies & processes and advise technology selection.
  3. Devise new or improved solutions that are informed by customer & market intelligence to meet customer business & security outcomes and make a compelling case for the customer to invest in QinetiQ cyber defend services.
  4. Provide oversight and guidance for design, development and implementation/deployment of security solutions for operational cyber defence
  5. Collaborate effectively with QinetiQ business winning team to create compelling marketing collateral, propositions and bids.
  6. Support our cyber security go to market in our priority sectors.


Key Capabilities/Knowledge


  • Able to lead development of technical solutions that are attractive to customers, working closely with Enterprise Cyber CTO and taking account of customer & market insights and a good understanding of QinetiQ’s capabilities and competitive position
  • Credible and effective outcome focused stakeholder engagement, influence & persuasion skills
  • Collaborate effectively across QinetiQ and externally to achieve required outcomes
  • Able to explain how cyber security affects business and operational outcomes
  • Current understanding of managed security services for cyber defence in government, defence, CNI markets, including current NCSC advice and good practice guidance
  • Excellent understanding of digital technology
  • Excellent understanding and recognised expert in QinetiQ managed cyber security services, how they work, how they are deployed, relative strengths & weaknesses
  • Excellent understanding and recognised in QinetiQ as an expert in the current cyber threat landscape, technical vulnerabilities and attack methodologies to the design of complex architectures
  • Able to architect good operational monitoring and detection solutions for remote (3rd party) clients based on QinetiQ managed cyber security services that meet defined requirements for cyber defence
  • Good working knowledge of cyber & information related legal & regulatory requirements relevant to the solutions
  • Good working knowledge of ITIL and managed service environments and how to design competitive solutions for them
  • Able to engage effectively with, and lead or contribute to business winning activities including devising competitive solution strategies and writing compelling bids and marketing collateral


Experience & Qualifications

  • Essential
  • STEM degree or equivalent
  • Digitally literate (including fluency in Microsoft Office tools)
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience ideally in at least 2 relevant sectors



  • Experience applying architectural frameworks (e.g. TOGAF).
  • Experience of a range of digital technologies & platforms, including cloud
  • Experience developing proportionate cyber security solutions to meet customer needs
  • Certification in Security Architecture, Information Assurance and Technical Architecture
  • Experience in different sectors and domains including defence, wider UK Government, critical national infrastructure.
  • Full member of recognised cyber security professional body (CIISec or similar)/Chartered Cyber Security Professional (recognised by the Cyber Security Council)



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.