Senior Combat System Engineer

Date: 26 Nov 2023

Location: Portsmouth, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:        Senior Combat System Engineer
Location:        Portsmouth, Hampshire + Adaptive Working Arrangement
Package:        Excellent Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type:      Full Time / Permanent
Role ID:          SF15516


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Senior Combat System Engineer 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 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 and safe Combat System (CS) capability.  It enables MOD and industry to make informed decisions based on objective, credible evidence that is generated by experts in an environment which is free from supply chain conflict of interest.


The Role
As a Senior Combat System Engineer you will operate within a team of engineers to deliver the NCSISS contract. You will be required to conduct activities to ensure a consistent approach to the design, delivery and support of our products and advice in accordance with a through life management plan. You will have responsibility for delivering specific, delegated project tasks, and will support Customer engagement to understand their aspirations with respect to capability, elicit and understand their requirements, support the process of analysis and decomposition of the requirements


Accountabilities of the Senior Combat System Engineer 

  • Leads on relevant technical matters relating to Tactical Data Links
  • Engaging with customers, other stakeholders, and suppliers.
  • As required, leads a technical team in support of project objectives and contract deliverables in accordance with the through life management plan
  • Oversee the production of technical documentation (including Body of Evidence for Certificate of Safe Integration) in support of work carried out.
  • Delivers work and reports on progress to the NCSISS Technical Lead and project staff, escalating  problems and issues encountered
  • Leads the delivery of delegated projects.


This role is full time, 37 hours per week and based at Portsdown Technology Park (PTP), with a hybrid working from home arrangment. 

We are looking for an individual able to work in a combined military and civilian team environment predominantly at PTP, however  travel to other locations in the UK and abroad to support external supplier testing and trials will also be necessary. There may also be the requirement to support sea going trials on board Royal Navy platforms.


Essential experience of the Senior Combat System Engineer 

  • Significant relevant experience in engineering or systems engineering
  • Proven experience on Naval Combat Systems and Combat system equipment with particular experience in the Tactical Data Link equipment area
  • Modern Integration skills
  • Desirable knowledge (but not essential) in Sensor Systems including Radar and Sonar, Geospatial referencing, Communications and Command Systems, Weapon Systems
  • Able to communicate and present technical issues in a clear and understanding manner
  • Able to resolve issues.


Qualifications for the Senior Combat System Engineer 

  • HND Level qualification (or equivalent)
  • CEng (or equivalent)/ willingness to work towards


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum: National security vetting: clearance levels - GOV.UK ( 


Our Benefits

  • Flexible, adaptive working
  • 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 5 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


NCSISS is delivered collaboratively by QinetiQ with its partner BAE Systems.  QinetiQ’s NCSISS capability is based at its Portsdown Technology Park (PTP) site where most staff are based.  It is supported by further staff based at its Bristol site, which is close to DE&S Abbey Wood, and by certain other specialist staff at its other sites.  PTP hosts various facilities which are representative of key Royal Navy (RN) naval Combat Systems and their constituent equipment and which allow defect resolution, design support, integration, test and evaluation, acceptance and interoperability activities to be undertaken.

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. 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.