Lead Ammunition Technician

Date: 31 May 2024

Location: West Freugh, Scotland, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job Title:       Lead Ammunition Technician
Location:       West Freugh and Eskmeals
Package:       Competitive Salary + Benefits Package 
Role Type:     Full-time / Permanent
Role ID:         SF16714


The Role
Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Lead Ammunition Technician to manage teams of OME Technicians and Apprentices undertaking OME-related tasks, including the safe storage, handling, processing and transportation of Explosives Substances and Articles, ensuring that the team members are competent to undertake the tasks in a safe and compliant manner. You will also be required to manage the Explosives Licenced Facilities at both West Freugh and Eskmeals Sites ensuring compliance with internal operating framework and external regulatory requirements.


Day to day, you'll:

  • Conduct safety checks/inspections on explosives facilities
  • Supervise explosives safety within own area of responsibility
  • Provide leadership within own area of responsibility including the allocation of tasks and the checking of work done by own team
  • The role has full supervisory responsibility, ensuring that team members are motivated and capable of delivering a professional service and a high-level of performance
  • Manage equipment in an explosives environment


This role is full-time, 37 hours per week with an expectation that the role holder will travel frequently between West Freugh and Eskmeals, as required.


Experience of the Lead Ammunition Technician:

  • Deep OME Technical background
  • Experienced in Licenced Explosives Facility Management
  • The role holder is expected to have or be working towards EngTech status
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring would be an advantage
  • Demonstrable experience across a variety of explosives related projects


Qualifications of the Lead Ammunition Technician: 

  • Degree/HNC in relevant discipline or industry recognised equivalent, or an extensive amount of practical knowledge gained through experience
  • A current ADR Licence would be an advantage
  • Role holder is expected to have, or be working towards attaining, full membership of a recognised industry body. e.g Institute of Explosives Engineers


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance, as a minimum. 
National security vetting: clearance levels - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Our Benefits

  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance
  • Matched contribution pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee discount portal: Personal Accident Insurance, Travel Insurance, Restaurants, Cinema Tickets and much more.
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows most employees to buy up to 5 days’ additional leave. 
  • We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. 
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering - helping charities and local community.


Our volunteering programme enables our people to use their professional skills to make a positive difference in our local communities, for example STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador days in schools. We support a number of charities that are important to our people, including those, which help the defence community. 


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.



Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants who 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, which mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may affect the roles that you can be employed in.

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. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.