Technical Communications Research Engineer

Date: 25 Mar 2024

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:        Communications Engineer
Location:        Malvern, Worcestershire 
Package:        Competitive Salary + Benefits
Role Type:      Full time / Permanent 
Role ID:          SF14128

Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Communications Engineer at our Malvern site, where you will work with Project Managers and Technical Leads to support the delivery of technical outputs within communications and networks projects.

The role
As a Communications Engineer, you’ll have a role that is out of the ordinary, working as part of a team to support design, implement and deliver new systems and solutions. You will be undertake a range of tasks of various levels of complexity, requiring the ability to consider the problem, derive a range of potential solutions and decide on the best course of action to reach a cost effective outcome, with little supervision.

You will be required to take a proactive approach to customer relationships, the adoption of standards, internal processes, contributing to continuous improvement initiatives, and the management of work within a team context.

Accountabilities of the Communications Engineer

  • Technically lead small research projects or parts of larger research projects through managing a small technical team to deliver solutions using best practice.
  • Deliver quality technical outputs to time and budget for programme, project and bidding activities and provide estimation of effort required for medium/large tasks
  • Undertake tasks of increasing complexity through the derivation of solutions using existing practises, identifying problems and providing pragmatic solutions
  • Provide new perspectives, challenge existing solutions for new tasks and contribute to process improvements
  • Supporting technical aspects of proposals

This role is full-time, based at our Malvern site; arrangements in line with our adaptive working policy. This role does allow for flexibility in working arrangements, please ask your recruiter for more information.

The experience required as a Communications Engineer

  • Experience of working with a broad and comprehensive range of concepts and principles within the areas of resilient RF communications.
  • Understanding of RF propagation in both LOS and BLOS environments and the physical layer elements of the system relating to key performance attributes e.g. antennas, spectrum access, modulation and coding.
  • Ability to use and understand operational analysis techniques to formulate a problem and provide analysis and conclusions.
  • Knowledge of Line of Sight (LOS) and Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) systems, experience with any of the below is of interest:
    • HF (2G/3G and 4G)
    • VHF Combat Net Radio
    • UHF wideband  including Mobile Adhoc NETworks (MANET)
    • Satellite Communications (SATCOM) including Mil Sat/Civ Sat LEO MEO and GEO constellation services
    • 802.11 WiFi based solutions including ad and ay 60 GHz
  • Experience providing advice to customers through written reports and presentations

Desirable experience

•           Awareness of military Comms systems including Bowman and/or Skynet5/6.


Qualifications for the Communications Engineer
A degree in Science or Engineering, or an equivalent, nationally recognised, professional qualification, with relevant on the job experience and growth of key skills, working in the domain and backed up with a tangible track record of achievement. 

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

  • 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.