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Combat System Engineer -NCSISS

Date: 23-Nov-2022

Location: Portsmouth, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ


The Naval Combat Systems Integration Support Service (NCSISS) delivers the necessary integration, test, evaluation, and acceptance activities across all phases of the equipment lifecycle to support the development and delivery of operationally effective Combat System (CS) capability including Communications Information Systems (CIS).  It enables MOD and industry to make informed decisions based on objective, credible evidence that is generated by experts in an environment free from supply chain conflict of interest.


QinetiQ delivers NCSISS collaboratively with its partner BAE Systems.  NCSISS capability is based at QinetiQ’s Portsdown Technology Park (PTP).   PTP hosts various facilities that are representative of key Royal Navy (RN) Combat Systems and Communication Information Systems to allow defect resolution, design support, integration, test and evaluation, acceptance and interoperability activities to be undertaken.


NCSISS is delivered through unique capabilities and enablers including:

  • A team of domain specialist Combat Systems Engineers (CSE) who:
    • Undertake critical engineering lifecycle activities including design support, integration, test, evaluation and acceptance;
    • Provide impartial and independent advice and guidance to Equipment Authorities, their suppliers, and the MOD customer;
    • Seek more cost-effective means to perform equipment integration and enable the CS Design Authority function to be discharged with acceptable residual risk and with equipment suppliers held to account;
  • A fleet-wide architecting, standards and configuration control service (Architecture, Standards, Policies and Information Authority (ASPIA)) which performs a crucial role in CS design and sustainability through-life;
  • Comprehensive and flexible shore integration facilities incorporating a Communications Development Integration Facilities (CDIF) with the infrastructure and management control regimes necessary to enable government-furnished Combat Systems equipment to be operated, maintained and upgraded ashore in a safe, secure and configuration-controlled manner;
  • Synthetic Test Environments (STE) necessary to provide real-time, co-ordinated synthetic stimuli to the CS equipment so that they may be tested and integrated in high load, complex and repeatable scenarios;
  • Tools, analysis equipment and techniques to support the role of the CSE.


As a Combat System Engineer (CIS) , you will operate within a team of engineers to deliver the NCSISS contract. You will be required to conduct integration and testing as directed by the team’s Senior Combat System Engineers, working in partnership with the NCSISS Project Manager and Engineering Manager, to ensure a consistent approach to the design, delivery and support of our service and advice in accordance with the Technical Delivery Plan. You will have responsibility for delivering specific, delegated project tasks, and will support customer engagement to understand their requirements with respect to capability and programme constraints. As designated by the NCSISS Engineering Manager and Comms Tech Lead you will then develop a test plan, conduct integration and produce or assist the production of a Supporting Evidence for customer use.


We are looking for an individual with Communications Information System experience across the frequency spectrum who is willing and able to work at PTP, in a combined military and civilian team; however, the ability and willingness to travel to other locations in the UK and abroad to support external supplier testing and trials will also be necessary. There will also be opportunities to support sea trials on board Royal Navy ships.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Support the Senior Combat System Engineers and Technical Leads on relevant technical matters relating to a range of areas across the Combat System;
  • Engaging with the Communications Systems Tech Lead, CIS Senior CSE and PTP engineers:
  • Engage with customers, other stakeholders, and suppliers;
  • Work as part of a technical team in support of project objectives and contract deliverables in accordance with the Technical Delivery Plan;
  • Produce  test plans, execute trial activities and conduct post-trial analysis;
  • Generate technical documentation including the Supporting Evidence for Certificate of Safe Integration;
  • Deliver work and reports on progress to more senior technical and project staff;
  • Conduct sea trials on Royal Navy Ships including potentially overseas;
  • Escalate significant problems and issues encountered to senior technical and project staff;
  • Accountable to the Senior CSE within delegated technical activities. Accountable for any Associate CSEs allocated within delegated technical activities.


 Qualifications and Experience:

  • Honours Degree in Engineering, Physics or similar. HNC/D Level qualification (or equivalent) may  be accepted if accompanied with appropriate experience;
  • IEng (or equivalent) is desirable;
  • 4 years+ relevant experience in engineering;
  • Proven experience on Naval Communications Information Systems or;
  • Experience in Test & Evaluation or Integration.


Personal Qualities:

  • Logically analyse problems and resolve issues;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Able to clearly present technical issues to non-specialists;
  • Self-motivated with initiative to work independently on a task.


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.