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Range Safety Officer - Land ranges

Date: 02-Aug-2022

Location: Pendine, Wales, GB

Company: QinetiQ

The RSO is responsible for the efficient analysis and reduction of risk relating to all hazardous activities undertaken on Test, Trials, Training and Evaluation (T3E) Ranges in the UK across land domains. The role would be primarily based in Pendine in Wales but flexibility of travel to other QinetiQ land ranges may, on occasion be required.


The role of the RSO is to:

  • Undertake detailed safety analysis and ensure the safe planning, preparation and execution of hazardous activities in accordance with UK HSE, MOD and QinetiQ corporate requirements, policies and procedures;
  • To challenge and certify that the appropriate degree of rigour and diligence has been applied to the generation of trial documentation and Risk Assessments (Safe Systems of Work – (SSOW)) for each hazardous activity;
  •  Ensure trials and other hazardous activities are being conducted safely and to provide advice on safety throughout the planning and execution of a hazardous activity;
  • Carry out range inspections on a monthly basis in accordance with the MOD Defence Code of Practice for Ranges (DSA 03);
  • To investigate Range incidents and providing recommendations and/or changes in procedures as appropriate;


The role requires candidates to have a good understanding of trials and evaluation processes. Experience in the planning and operation of land ranges and ranges safety is also required.


The candidate will have demonstrable vocational experience within or related to ranges safety. The understanding of the principles for formulating an ALARP argument, the importance of a positive safety culture and safety leadership are essential for the role of RSO.


The successful candidate will have experience of working within high-risk environments including risks associated with the operation of modern weapons and energetic materials and be familiar with MOD Standards and Safety Management principles including System Safety Management (Def Stan 00-56) and DSA 03. A strong background in safety management is required and candidates must be capable of creating compelling arguments, supported by evidence, demonstrating system safety across a variety of related technologies.


The RSO will be a skilled communicator and must be able to articulate reasoned judgements succinctly, effectively and convincingly to MOD representatives or senior delegates from industry.

The role would suit weapons specialists with range management experience or other equivalent vocational skills and experience.

The RSO role may require the candidate to travel nationally and spend some periods of time away in support of planning work at other land range locations.

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.