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Trials Manager

Date: 13-May-2022

Location: Shoeburyness, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Role Purpose

An exciting opportunity to join an agile and high performing team of multi-disciplinary engineers as a Trials Manager within a United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) test facility delivering mission critical test and evaluation of defence related products.  As part of this team you will develop the necessary skills to simulate some of the most challenging environments in the world to ensure that the systems are ultimately safe and suitable for service.


The successful candidate will work within the planning team at the Environmental Test Centre (ETC) at MoD Shoeburyness.  This role requires pulling all the elements of the planning activities together and ensuring critical milestones are met.

Key Accountabilities

  • The Trials Manager leads the ETC solution for new programmes of work. This includes working with key stakeholders to produce the required bid documentation, to cover aspects including safety, quality, costing, risks and technical delivery.
  • Overseeing and working directly with a team of Project Engineers to create a suite of safety paperwork including, Hazardous Activity Risk Assessments, Safety Briefs, handling and transport plans.
  • Presenting to the Hazardous Activity Management (HAM) board, providing confidence to the Responsible Manager and Providing Manager that the work is safe and can be undertaken at ETC.
  • Ensure that all safety documentation has been signed off by the appropriate personnel and a trials safety certificate is fully completed and authorised before any live testing starts
  • Present the safety brief to delivery personnel and customers
  • Manage internal / external customer coming onto site
  • Authorising Trials Instructions to ensure ETC solution is in accordance with the customer requirements.
  • Providing Project Managers with regular updates throughout the programme of work.
  • Attending customer meetings either at ETC or at customer premises, providing programme updates or responses to questions asked.
  • Ensuring safety and quality procedures are implemented on allocated trials.
  • Oversee the delivery of allocated programmes to ensure delivery risks are understood and mitigated
  • Mentoring of project engineers
  • Ensure security documents are mustered monthly


Key Capabilities

  • Understand Customer requirements and technical solutions
  • Create detailed project plans
  • Excellent Communication and presentation skills
  • High level of IT competence
  • Good understanding of ISO/IEC 17025 and 9001
  • Subject to security clearance
  • Must have drivers licence and own car
  • Ability to effectively communicate with people at all levels, both internal and external to QinetiQ, including customers, suppliers and other stakeholders
  • Committed to achievement


Experience & Qualifications

  • A degree in Engineering, or equivalent is desirable
  • IOSH Managing Safely or equivalent risk based qualification
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Project software


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.