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Systems Engineer - ISTAR

Date: 22-Jul-2021

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Systems Engineer              

Malvern, Bristol, Lincoln      


About the role

We are currently looking for highly motivated Systems Engineers with ISTAR and Electronic Warfare (EW), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Domain Knowledge to support a variety of interesting and ground-breaking projects.


The QinetiQ Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Systems Engineering Group provides ISTAR Domain Subject Matter Expert System Engineers, ISTAR System Architects and ISTAR Scientists into Cyber and Information projects to deliver capability into Defence, Government and Industry both as Customer Friend (Advice Side) and Delivery Side agents. The Systems Engineering ISTAR Group are predominantly based in Malvern, Bristol and Lincoln with support from other specialist staff at Farnborough and other QinetiQ sites.


What do I need?

You’ll need experience in some of the following areas would be desirable, but not essential.


  • Understanding of the ISTAR Domain (IMINT, GEOINT, SIGINT, EW etc.) platforms, sensors, mission systems and exploitation tools both from a technical delivery and user perspective.
  • Have an understanding of Agile project delivery methodologies, specifically DSDM and/or SAFe.
  • Technical understanding of ISTAR Information Management and Dissemination processes and technologies including the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
  • Understanding/experience of requirements engineering, verification and validation and implementation of the engineering lifecycle.


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

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What will I be doing?

The QinetiQ ISTAR Systems Engineering Group currently supports a number of major projects and campaigns such as the Engineering Delivery Partnership (EDP), Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Centre (JEWOSC), Defence Intelligence Rapid Innovation Capability (DI RIC), Battlefield CIS (BATCIS), PICASSO Systems Integration Team (PSIT), Watchkeeper Army UAS, New GEOINT Services, OSINT Innovation Partnership and many more.


You will be responsible for:

  • Act as the Technical Lead or provide technical advice or support into project teams throughout the engineering lifecycle in support of exiting or future ISTAR EW mission data systems, platforms, sensors or processes
  • Support integration of innovation into Defence Intelligence capabilities through rapid spiral developments of EW Mission Systems, in an Agile environment
  • Provide advice and support to equipment delivery programmes, through user workshop engagements, and advise on process change and management to enhance capability and/or reduce operator burden, operational risk and/or reduce through life costs
  • Engaging with stakeholders, project managers and senior technical staff to ensure customer and business needs are satisfied appropriately and risks are mitigated.


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, 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 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, 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.