Software Engineer

Date: 13 May 2023

Location: Adelaide, South Australia, AU

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ employs more than 8000 people in 51 locations around the world, offering our customers premier expertise in advice, services and creative technology-based products.


QinetiQ Australia, part of the global QinetiQ group, provides technological and scientific expertise to help customers protect and advance their vital interests. As an innovative science and technology company, we help solve some of our customers' most challenging problems. Our determination to deliver and improve today and anticipate and shape tomorrow, makes QinetiQ a very exciting, rewarding and respected place to work and learn.

Software Engineer


We are currently recruiting Software Engineers to join our Integrated Engineering Services team in Adelaide and will be embedded in our customers’ team, to assist with research and trials.

This is a new position and is a great opportunity for someone with 2+ years of experience who wants to accelerate their career in Defence. As part of this role and the growth opportunities, you will attain Engineering Authority under our current Engineering Management System.
The successful applicants will join an experienced, innovative and supportive tight-knit team, to support the design, development and deployment of software solutions. No two days will be the same - you will work across a diverse range of projects and products in Defence and will be exposed to different technologies and tools, allowing you to grow in your career and feel fulfilled in your work.

If you enjoy diverse work, flexibility, career growth and making a meaningful contribution to your team – this is the role for you!
Please note we also encourage applications from Mechatronic and Electronic Engineers who are open to transitioning to Software.

Advisory Services
In our Advisory Services division, everything starts with a problem that needs a solution. We act as an independent, technical partner for customers looking to procure defined services and develop specific capabilities. We help them diagnose, rationalise and solve intractable problems by providing analysis, advice and assurance, enabling our customers to make sound decisions about cost, time and performance.

As Software Engineer, Your Responsibilities Will Involve

  • Using existing solutions to solve complex problems
  • Shaping, describing and delivering whole or parts of Defence projects
  • Building strong relationships with the client, other external stakeholders and QinetiQ team members
  • Advising the client on project scope, methods, complexity and risks
  • Programming with Python, C and C++
  • Working in a Linux environment and developing shell scripts


To be successful in the role of Software Engineer, you will need to bring with you:

  • A degree in Engineering (i.e. Software, Electrical, Electronics)
  • 2+ years of industry experience
  • The ability to work independently and autonomously
  • A high level of credibility, integrity and personal ethical standards
  • A proactive, confident and competent approach to work


Candidates will need to be eligible to obtain an Australian Government Security Clearance.
QinetiQ conducts pre-employment screening, including but not limited to identity verification and police checks, for all preferred candidates.

IES / Workshops
Working alongside world-leading defence scientists our Integrated Engineering Services division offers multi-disciplinary professional engineering services supported by in-house manufacturing capabilities, to solve challenging engineering problems for our Defence Science and Technology clients.

Looking for an Employer with Benefits?
At QinetiQ, our competitive remuneration and benefits package supports your evolving needs throughout your career. You’ll share in the company’s success, and be rewarded for your own. We’ll invest in your professional development and provide an inclusive environment for you to succeed.

Some Of Our Benefits Include

  • Individual Professional development allowance
  • Flexible work
  • Purchased leave program & loyalty leave
  • Up to 18 weeks paid parental leave
  • Annual incentive scheme
  • Complimentary salary continuance insurance
  • Annual volunteering leave with Operation Give Back
  • Relaxed dress code


A full list of our employee benefits can be found here:





As the defence industry in Australia grows, it is an exciting time to join QinetiQ. What the company looks like today will be different to that of tomorrow as we navigate an ever changing world. To innovate for our customers' advantage we value the need for diversity of thought in everything we do. We provide a flexible and inclusive environment where our people can bring their whole selves to work, meaningfully contribute and have equal opportunity to succeed. We actively seek applications from people who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Aligned with our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan, we also encourage applications from women, veterans and First Nations people.