Principal Systems Engineer

Date: 23 May 2024

Location: Portsmouth, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:        Principal Systems Engineer
Location:        Portsmouth
Package:        Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:      Full time
Role ID:          SF16910


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Principal Systems Engineer position at our Portsmouth site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.


The role:


Working with the NCSISS Technical Lead, draw upon NCSISS CSE SQEP to gain in depth system knowledge and advice to support individual system transition, minimising system downtime, whilst maintaining functionality and capability.


Day-to-day, you’ll:


  • Lead the planning and management of the technical activities in accordance with the agreed schedule and authorised base cost set by the Senior Project Manager.
  • Working with the NCSISS Technical Lead, draw upon NCSISS CSE SQEP to gain in depth system knowledge and advice to support individual system transition, minimising system downtime, whilst maintaining functionality and capability.
  • Ensure that the project is conducted in accordance with the Engineering Policy, Principles and Codes of Practice on the QinetiQ Operating Framework.
  • Support and work with the Facility Engineering Manager throughout the installations into the facility trials areas.
  • Support the Senior Project Manager in ensuring that TAF Engineering; Scientific & Technical (EST) Leads comply with NCSISS project specific processes and the terms and conditions of the core contract.
  • Managing the NCSISS tasking process advising the Customer regarding RFMS task progress highlighting any risks to task delivery.


Essential experience of the Principal Systems Engineer:


  • You must have general Systems Engineering experience.
  • The Principal / Senior Systems Engineer should have experience with installation of Electrical Equipment.


Qualifications for the Principal Systems Engineer:


We value difference and we do not have a fixed idea when it comes to background or education, provided you can show the required level of experience and willingness to learn then we would like to hear from you.


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance, as a minimum.

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Our Benefits


  • 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 five 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.

Application Guidance

If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please contact your regional recruiting team in strictest confidence. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.