Senior Systems Engineer - Technical Lead

Date: 1 Dec 2023

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:        Senior Systems Engineer – Technical Lead
Location:        Malvern, Worcestershire + Adaptive Working Arrangement 
Package:        Competitive + Attractive Benefits
Role Type:      Full time / Permanent or Fixed Term Contract 
Role ID:          SF13303


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Senior Systems Engineer – Technical Lead at our Malvern site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.


As UK leaders in Command Control Communications Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), training and human sciences research & consultancy, we bring together diverse internal QinetiQ resource and external supplier teams to deliver innovation and value to our customers, specialising in efficient delivery of large framework contracts.


We exploit the unique breadth and depth of QinetiQ technical teams to add real value as a research prime, linking across multiple domains. We provide the expert people and innovation to deliver future products and services into the wider QinetiQ business, working to encourage novel ideas as well as innovation driven by business need.


Our key programme areas are:

  • Command Control Communications Computers and Cyber Intelligence (C5I): The largest portfolio with MOD as its main customer, delivering under established framework contracts, covering Command and Control (C2) and a wide range of aspects of novel and deployed RF communications technologies, including resilience, deception, edge processing and cloud computing.
  • Exploration: A broad portfolio, focused on growth with customers across defence, with current work including Artificial Intelligence, Quantum, Human Performance, Operational Analysis, Technology Watch / Horizon Scanning, Experimentation, Land Intelligence, Surveillance, Target, Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) but also Multi-domain integration.
  • Future Sensing: Highly focused portfolio developing advanced sensing technologies primarily focused on radar and Electronic Warfare (EW), with a strong component of advanced signal processing, complemented by advice/consultancy and a range of trials work.  Includes large multi-year opportunities within advanced ISR, Hyperion (Hypersonics detect/defeat) and potential for capability exploitation.


We are a growing business, working into multiple customers, but primarily delivering research projects and programmes into MOD. We are offering opportunities to work alongside individuals and teams experienced in the above areas, to take on technical leadership roles of bids, projects and larger programmes.


The Role

As a Senior Systems Engineer – Technical Lead you will liase with customers at a technical level to enhance our understanding of their requirements, and theirs of QinetiQ’s offerings.


  • Producing Expression Of Interest (EOI) responses to customer requirements, which detail QinetiQ’s relevant capabilities and teams, coordinating and collating specialist input from a range of teams.
  • Producing costed proposals / bids for individual opportunities; developing the technical solution and proposal document, and working closely with the project / bid manager to support production of the commercial aspects, including price, dependencies and risks.
  • Technically leading contracted projects or programmes, providing specialism where this fits your experience, and coordinating a larger team.
  • Ensuring that the technical tasks are conducted according to the plan
  • Ensuring the end deliverables meet customer specification and quality expectations
  • Ensuring that the project and programme managers are fully informed of technical progress and issues
  • Liaising with the customer technical lead to ensure that they are fully informed of progress and issues

Essential skills, knowledge, capabilities of the Senior Systems Engineer – Technical Lead

  • Leadership of technical delivery projects throughout the engineering lifecycle requiring delivery of complex solutions to a range of customers
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels across the department, business, and externally with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders
  • Able to ensure that customer needs and expectations are addressed and/or satisfied


Desirable characteristics for the Senior Systems Engineer – Technical Lead

  • Understanding of Technical Assurance
  • A solid understanding of the systems engineering lifecycle and its implementation
  • Understands the operational environment and underlying domain specific issues
  • Able to identify, conceive, review, and judge the suitability of systems solutions
  • Experienced in the development and maturation of technology through the engineering lifecycle
  • Able to manage multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists and a broad range of internal and external stakeholders whilst building and maintaining excellent relationships.
  • Proactively anticipates potential problems and deals with barriers
  • An understanding of the application of systems engineering to different domains
  • Technical background / experience that includes one or more specialisms relevant to C4ISR / C5I.
  • Interest in working with multiple teams, having significant customer interaction as well as interaction with internal QinetiQ domain experts.


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

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Our Benefits

  • Adaptive and 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


Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities, for example STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador days in schools. We support a number of charities that are important to our people, including those which help the defence 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.


Application Guidance
If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.