Trials Manager

Date: 20 Jun 2024

Location: Shoeburyness, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ


Your work base will be either Shoeburyness or Eskmeals Ranges depending on home location. The role will require regular travel to other Ranges.


We are looking for inspiring Dynamics Trials Manager who is motivated and able to lead Trials Teams to deliver activities for our Customers and the Business across Land Ranges.


Key Activities


You will for all Ordnance Munitions and Explosives (OME) activities that you are nominated to manage, lead a team of Suitably Qualified Experienced Persons (SQEP) and Subject Matter Experts (SME) to produce a risk assessment that identifies: Hazards; Causes; Control Measures; and Mitigations. Ensuring that those risks are mitigated to a level of As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP); That the risk assessment is deemed suitable and sufficient.


For all OME activities that you are nominated to manage, you are able to produce an appropriate Safety Briefing that clearly details the all hazards related to the activity, with specific focus on the hazards presented by the explosive items and/or articles handled. You will ensure that the appropriate level of supervision is applicable to the task; by yourself; by supervisors under your control; that the requirements laid out in any activity plan are being followed and that a Safe System of Work (SSoW) is in operation. And that all OME activities related engineering activities are conducted in accordance with QinetiQ Engineering Policy including independent Assurance Reviews.


  • That all changes to OME Activities are managed through either the HAM Process, the Deviations and Waivers Process and/or the Weapons Division Change Control Process as appropriate.
  • All OME activities for which you are the nominated Trials Manager are carried out in accordance with the requirements of the issued Trials Hazardous Activities Certificate and/or Peer Review requirements whichever applies, and that the technical content of activity fully meets the customer's expectations.
  • That all Safety Distances are calculated using service publications where available. Where none is available, ensure the Weapon Danger Area is calculated using an approved method.
  • That all hazardous activities conducted, fall within the scope of your certified technical competence.
  • That all OME activities are carried out in accordance with QinetiQ Range Procedures.


Essential Capabilities/Knowledge


  • To be able to organise, execute and report on Trial and Proof activities, new and novel for: In Service Ordnance; Munitions for use by Sea, Land and Air forces;
  • Disposal of OME activities arising’s in a safe and appropriate manner in accordance with the designated EOD and/or RSP procedures.
  • Becoming recognised as the Technical Lead for activities that you have the competence and expertise to undertake in this role, undergoing any additional training required to meet the Technical Lead requirement.
  • Managing all QinetiQ Trial and Proof activities records, documents and third party information in accordance with QinetiQ Document and Record Management Policy.
  • To be able and willing to campaign to other Land Ranges as required, to deliver OME activities, which fall within your competency and expertise.
  • Mentoring Trainee, Graduate and Trainee Trials Managers while under site control.
  • Undertake further courses and other educational activities as required to ensure your continuous training development.
  • Ensure team members are competent and current for various weapons systems on all upcoming OME activities.
  • Undertake duties assigned by the Team Leader and Group Leader.


Behavioural Requirements


  • Your work base will be either Shoeburyness or Eskmeals Ranges depending on home location.
  • Ability to deploy to other Land Ranges for periods to deliver activities.
  • Able to work in a diligent, methodical and structured manner; Ensuring that safety considerations are always first and foremost in any activity that you are undertaking.
  • Able to Communicate to people on all levels.
  • Good customer service skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work on own initiative.
  • Active team member and able to work in large Teams.
  • Committed to achievement, driven to meet time milestones.
  • Excellent Communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Flexible in delivering additional volumes and working hours as required.


Desirable Experience and Qualifications


  • Experience and qualifications in the area of Medium and Large Calibre Gun Firings.
  • Experience in constructing Weapon Danger Areas.
  • Experience of implementing a Safe System of Work (SSoW): Safe People; Safe Places; Safe Equipment; Safe Practice.
  • Good Knowledge of Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives.
  • Good Knowledge of Test and Evaluation processes.
  • Experience in Risk Assessment process.
  • Proficient in the use of computer systems Microsoft Office software.
  • Clean UK driving licence. 



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. 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.