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Scientist / Engineer

Date: 03-Apr-2021

Location: Sevenoaks, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

The job holder will work in the Weapons Science group which is part of Applied Science. Within Weapons Science, our teams come from a variety of physics, chemistry, mathematics and related engineering backgrounds. They are critical to research, advice and the assessment of weapons systems from long range missiles to small arms pistols including the detailed technologies that enable their use. They help our customers ensure that these critical assets perform effectively and safely. This particular role involves conducting research, evaluation and assessment of large and small calibre gun systems, as well as providing expertise in Weapon engineering and ammunition assessment. It is likely that the successful candidate will have an engineering background that will be supplemented if necessary with training to develop the weapons knowledge required to fulfil the role. The role will be based at our Fort Halstead site.


Challenges with the role include:

  1. Identifying, leading and contributing to technical programmes in the weapon assessment, advanced experimentation and gun technology areas.
  2. Leading definition of testing programmes and/or field trial planning and associated approvals as required.
  3. Working with internal and external stakeholders
  4. Providing mentoring to the team in areas of technical expertise
  5. Promoting innovation, inventiveness and excellence 


Key Accountabilities

  1. Provide technical direction and individual contribution to technical teams to ensure that programmes are delivered effectively and meet customer requirements and expectations
  2. Ensure that customers’ requirements and tasks are fully understood and that the problems and issues are identified at the outset.
  3. Provide support to the BD managers and Bid Managers in the construction of work programmes, including their costing and scheduling 
  4. Ensure the application of an appropriate level of Technical Assurance for opportunities and projects; as part of the project cycle ensure that customers’ requirements and tasks are fully understood and that problems, issues and risks are reliably identified at the outset


Key Capabilities/Knowledge

  1. Technical background in engineering and an aptitude and willingness to develop skills and knowledge of weapons and gun systems and advanced experimentation programmes within the Land domain.
  2. Demonstrate good interpersonal, influencing, analytical and team working skills, and be able to exchange ideas and information effectively in a concise and logical way.
  3. Exhibit good listening and questioning skills to fully understand customers’ requirements and problems.
  4. Personal resilience to handle competing demands and setbacks, proactively anticipates possible problems and using own judgement and initiative derives a range of possible solutions to reach a cost effective outcome.
  5. Knowledge/familiarity of Army / Marines structure and operating methodologies would be desirable.
  6. Experience of planning and managing complex programmes such as field trial evaluations.


Experience and Qualifications

  1. A first degree in Science or Engineering, or an equivalent, nationally recognised, professional qualification. 
  2. In lieu of the educational qualifier, would typically have over 3 to 6 years of relevant technical support experience.
  3. Desirable to have demonstrated key skills by working on military technology, particularly weapons related systems.
  4. Job involves travel in UK and occasionally overseas.