CNC Machinist

Date: 2 Dec 2023

Location: Sevenoaks, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:         CNC Machinist
Location:         Sevenoaks, Kent + occasional travel to other sites
Package:         Competitive Salary + Benefits 
Role Type:       Full time / Permanent (potential for contracting)
Role ID:           SF15631


Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a CNC Machinist at our Sevenoaks site where you will have the opportunity to work in an environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential.


The role
As a CNC Machinist, you’ll have a role that is out of the ordinary, working with energetics and explosive materials. 


Day-to-day, you’ll: 

  • Aid in research and support of these materials for human protection purposes through test and evaluation services   
  • You'll be carrying out Machining and Sectioning of explosive materials, articles and associated rigs or equipment.
  • The CNC Machinist will also support in the proactive maintenance of machining equipment 


This is a full-time role, 08:15am to  to 4:45pm, Monday to Friday, based onsite at  our Fort Halstead site. Travel to Southend will be required on occasion supported by the company.


Essential experience of the CNC Machinist

  • You'll need experience of operating machines, programes, saws and lathes
  • You'll need the ability to interpret engineering drawings and assist in the development of cutting plans to machine novel shapes
  • The ideal CNC Machinist will need a high level of competence in the use of different software for the programming of remote CNC mills, saws and lathes to include the writing of new and complex programs.
  • You'll undergo full training to bring you up to speed with a working knowledge of sensitive materials


Qualifications for the CNC Machinist

  • HNC, apprenticeship or time served in a relevant role


We value difference and we don’t 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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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.


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.