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System Engineer Acoustic Programmes (Z Coil)

Date: 30-Mar-2023

Location: Portsmouth, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

System Engineer- Acoustic Programmes (Z coil)

Role Description

The Maritime Training, Tactics, Test & Evaluation Transformation Integrated Delivery Team (MTET IDT) has a requirement for a System Engineer to work as a part of a small team to assist in the delivery phase of the Z-Coil programme.

The Z-coil project aims to design and implement a single coil system designed to offset Earth’s field for the determination of a platform’s induced vertical magnetic signature (IVMS). The Z-coil be installed into an existing maritime range facility.

The system engineers will work with the Technical Lead (Engineering Delivery Manager) to deliver a complex and high profile project within the MTET IDT portfolio.

Responsibilities & Output

Team members need to be versatile as outputs are varied during the delivery lifecycle. The Systems Engineer will be a key part of the development, test and acceptance processes.

Technical Planning and Delivery, including:


Ensuring that the technical lead and project manager are fully informed of technical progress and issues

Ensuring that appropriate engineering plans (SEMP, Configuration Control, ITEA Plans, etc) are created, fully populated and maintained to an appropriate standard

Liaising with suppliers and the wider QQ team members to ensure that the team are fully informed of progress and issues

Creating technical progress reports, in the form most appropriate for the activity

Ensuring that the technical tasks are conducted according to the plan

Assisting in planning and conduct of acceptance trials

Ensuring the end deliverables meet specification and quality expectations

Ensuring that safety and security is properly maintained and legislation is complied with

Assisting the Technical Lead in ensuring that the necessary artefacts and documentation are created, controlled and delivered to schedule

Ensuring that issues are identified and recorded immediately.


Essential Skills

Experience with system engineering planning activities and tools

Experience of capturing system level or stakeholder requirements

Experience of working with non-functional subject matter experts such as Safety, Security and ARM

Understanding of capturing use cases and illustrating technical systems or activities

Good communication and organisation skills are essential. Team members need to be able to plan, undertake and provide status of technical tasks

Proven record of generating high quality documentation

Experience of working and liaising with external subcontractors or specialists

Someone who is hands on and enjoys interacting on a wide variety of multiple tasks and activities simultaneously.


Desirable Skills

Experience of systems test and acceptance processes and methods.

Experience with, or understanding of magnetics or integration & test of trials equipment.

Experience of working on teams using Agile tools and practices


Additional Notes

Remote working

Role will on occasion require some travel up to the maritime range (NW Scotland) or to visit subcontractors for equipment trials or meetings.



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

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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.