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Senior Systems Engineer

Date: 20-Mar-2023

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ's Systems Engineers are renowned for developing solutions to meet specialist requirements of our Intelligence Community customers.   


We are looking for Systems Engineers able to understand customer needs, manage bids and lead high tempo product development projects throughout their lifecycle, with domain experience in Security, Intelligence and Cyber. 


We are looking for people to join our growing team of Systems Engineers who are interested in applying and developing their technical expertise, particularly within the National Security domain.


Job description/Person specification:

Key accountabilities (the balance between these will be project-dependent):

• Understanding Stakeholder needs and developing Requirements and Acceptance solutions.

• Working flexibly, either as part of a team, singly or as a technical team leader, on projects and tasks to develop and deliver solutions.

• Identifying, engaging and managing diverse internal and external stakeholder communities.

• Planning architecting, design and trade-off activities

• Planning verification and validation activities to ensure that evidence can be gathered in a cost-effective way to support solution acceptance.

• Mentoring colleagues.

• Managing Information.

• Identifying and developing customer business opportunities.


Particular skills/experience required:

A blend of some or all of:

• Understanding and applying the Systems Engineering approach across the lifecycle (‘strength in breadth’)

• Flexibility to travel as required to support project activities.

• Identifying and responding to customer needs

• Through-life Design & Management

• Flexibility of approach, ability to innovate

• Planning for trials, test and/or acceptance

• Developing outputs for customers (products, services)

• Potentially working on several tasks simultaneously

• Creating and managing own work and task delivery schedules

• Managing change


Essential Personal Qualities and Behavioural Requirements:

• Good questioning, listening, influencing and general interpersonal skills.

• Has analytical and logical thinking skills.

• Able to work and produce consistent results with minimal supervision.

• Well-developed oral, written communication and   presentation skills.

• Can adapt and work flexibly.

• Content to work on several projects simultaneously.

• Content to lead some tasks and be a team member on others.



• Applying the emotional intelligence necessary to work successfully with diverse stakeholder groups.

• Identifying and delivering propositions, and solutions to customers’ real, unstated needs as well as those directly expressed.

• Moving at times from high uncertainty towards a clear problem definition.

• Differentiating problem definition from solution design.

• Rapidly assimilating information and gaining a good understanding of the problems and issues associated with new tasks.

• Thriving in a varied, complex, and frequently changing work environment, often with demanding timescales.


Experience and qualification:

• Degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering or technical discipline, or proven experience working in an equivalent engineering role.

• Professional qualification, or working towards one.



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.