Group Head of S&T Capability

Date: Feb 9, 2024

Location: USA-multiple (Multiple LI post, United States - multiple, US

Company: QinetiQ

It’s an exciting time to be part of QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join us as we continue to grow into new markets around the world. We currently have many opportunities and would love to hear from candidates who are interested in joining us now or in the future.

If there is alignment between your skills and the opportunities currently available, we will be contact.  Should there not be anything suitable at present, with your permission, we will keep your CV on file for consideration as future roles become available.

Role Purpose:


Working within the Group Technology and Operational Excellence function, the purpose of this role is to:



  • Collaborate with Sectors and Campaigns across all markets to develop Technical Capabilities in line with the S&T Vision and Sector Strategies
  • Provide medium / longer term strategic thinking to drive the evolution of the Technical Capability portfolio in line with market trends
  • Ensure that there is a common QinetiQ Technical Capability Framework across the QinetiQ Operating Sectors
  • Enable the access of technical capability from one QinetiQ region to another and support the operationalisation of Single Route to Market for offerings


Key Accountabilities:


  • Partner with the People function (and Sectors) to set the direction, design and implement the strategic workforce planning programme
  • Develop QinetiQ’s overall technical capability portfolio and capability roadmaps in conjunction with the Operating Sectors; maintain and evolve the portfolio as the in line with customer/market developments
  • Lead technology horizon scanning and identify potential opportunities for building capability and offerings (including acquisitions)
  • Design and grow Capability Investment portfolio and IP Portfolio, ensuring ROI for QinetiQ
  • Matrix manage the team of “technical capability leads” in each of the Sectors that support the technical capability portfolio; direct and coach them to develop strategies and roadmaps for their capability areas
  • Develop and maintain the Group-wide framework for Technical Capabilities, e.g. taxonomy, technical competencies and embed in the Operating Sectors
  • Develop and maintain the policy & procedure for inter-region working, i.e. access of capability in one region from another region
  • Partner with the Growth function to operationalise Single Route to Market underpinned by Technical Capability Framework


Key Competencies:


  • Strategic thinker: ability to think long-term and beyond immediate area of responsibility, requiring: business awareness, critical analysis & integration of information, ability to bridge “old and new” ways of working, development of action-oriented plans and ability to generate strategic vision using the current organisation context.
  • Excellent programme execution.
  • Capability and offering development and portfolio management
  • Broad technical understanding
  • Stakeholder Management: being able to identify, plan and implement actions to positively engage parties with an interest in, or influence over, the S&T strategy outcomes
  • Collaboration and Influence: working effectively with, and influencing across QinetiQ and our customers to deliver the growth of the S&T capabilities.
  • Investment management and business cases
  • Leadership of highly qualified technical staff in a matrix organisation
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, verbal and written


Experience & Qualifications:


  • Minimum 10 years experience of working in a technology rich industry
  • Minimum 2 years experience of working with defence and/or security
  • Demonstrated experience of successfully working in multi-country international matrix organisations
  • Has carried out a variety of complex roles working across multiple businesses
  • Degree qualified in a relevant technical discipline

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.