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Principal IT Solutions Architect

Date: 04-May-2021

Location: Portsmouth, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ and our partners are delivering next generation solutions to some of the MODs most challenging technical issues. We are working with the MOD on a complex long term project to deliver cutting edge information and communication systems. The project will replace a number of legacy communications and information systems across all security domains. As the project continues to grow, we have a need for a strong IT system solutions architect that can work in cross discipline teams and responsible for the planning, design and delivery of the underpinning IT solution. The successful candidate will work with the business to help shape the customer and QinetiQ strategy.


The Principal IT Solution Architect is responsible for:


  • Understanding and developing the long term needs for the project.
  • Developing great technical relationships with customer community.
  • Providing the technical leadership in developing project strategy with customer.
  • Providing the technical leadership in developing QinetiQ business strategy in the IT area.
  • Delivering these strategies by working with Business management and technical delivery staff.
  • Leading on complex and challenging technical proposals.


We are lookling for an experienced SolutionsArchitect with broad systems engineering experience, together with demonstrable experience of designing and delivering technology solutions. Key requirements include:


  • Experience in eliciting, elaborating, and analysing requirements.
  • Experience of secure hardware and software solutions, demonstrating successful delivery on a variety of complex programmes utilising emerging technologies where required.
  • In-depth experience of:
    • VMware’s product suite;
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2, 2016 and 2019 core operating systems at expert level.


The individual should have strong drive and good collaboration skills.  As the role is strategic, excellent communication skills will be required and the ability to articulate ideas with diverse ranges of audiences. The ideal candidate will already hold SC clearance as a minimum (or be happy to become cleared)


Knowledge in some of the following areas would be advantageous but not essential:

  1. Maritime CIS systems including knowledge of naval application sets
  2. Knowledge of NATO application sets
  3. Experience of supporting intelligence and mission control systems
  4. ITIL foundation knowledge (change management etc)
  5. Certification, CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), VMware Network Virtualisation (NSX-DC) or similar







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. People around the world depend on us for their safety and security, and to enable the safety and security of others. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Our is 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, we get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Come and find out how you can play a role.