Aerospace Systems Engineer - Opportunities


Job summary

£70,000 - £99,999
Civil, Mechanical, Systems Design
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

QinetiQ is growing - and it's a great time to be here. Join us as a Systems Engineer!

As we enter new markets around the world, we need talented Systems Engineers to join us in our Aerospace Programmes Team.

You'll be part of a business that was named the Most Admired Aerospace & Defence Company in the Britain's Most Admired Companies 2021 study. You'll also be joining a diverse, inclusive employer that's proud to provide a collaborative, open working environment. With our Adaptive approach, you'll enjoy the work-life balance that suits you best, thanks to remote, hybrid and flexible working practices.

We currently have Systems Engineer opportunities across our sites in Salisbury, Bristol, Warton and Lincoln. If you're interested in joining us - now or in the future - we'd love to hear from you.

If your skills fit one of our opportunities, we'll be in contact. If we don't have a role that's right for you at the moment, we'll keep your CV on file for possible opportunities in the future.

What do our Systems Engineers do?

Systems Engineering is a key technical discipline within QinetiQ. In fact, many of the chief engineers and other technical leads supporting areas of our business are Systems Engineers. Their expertise covers everything from the use of different lifecycle models and development methods (e.g. agile and model-based Systems Engineering), to the use of specific tools and notations. Day to day, they conduct requirements engineering, architecting, design, integration and test, evaluation and acceptance, and through-life support.

Varied career paths are therefore part of life at QinetiQ. You could specialise in a key skill or particular domain, or work on Systems Engineering across the business. With increasing demand for Systems Engineers across our international business, overseas opportunities are also a possibility. Secondments and other international working arrangements may be available with our subsidiaries in Australia, the USA, Canada, several European countries and the Middle East.

Opportunities for highly experienced Systems Engineers

We have a range of opportunities for high level Systems Engineers to join our Air Domain Teams with specialisms in Design, Technical Solutions, Aircraft Modifications and Enterprise. We are looking for individuals with Leadership Experience, Stakeholder Management, MOD/Military Experience as well as a genuine passion for the Air Domain to ensure the continued success within this field of expertise.

As a senior Systems Engineer, you can expect specialist training (which may include conference attendance and paper presentation, for example), and targeted mentoring to develop specific technical skills. If you have senior management potential, we'll spot and nurture it. However, to progress to more senior roles, you'll need to be an active member of an appropriate professional body,

Our Fellowship scheme recognises and develops professionals with high-level, specialist technical expertise.

Overall Purpose of the Systems Engineer:

To provide systems engineering support to QinetiQ aerospace projects and programmes covering a wide range of air platforms including RPAS. The role will involve a range of aerospace technologies and domains from avionic systems through flight performance to design modifications. The role holder will be required to technically lead small projects ensuring application of correct processes, methods and tools.

The Systems Engineer is accountable for:

  • Working as a member of a Systems/Project Engineering team.
  • Ensuring delivery of integrated technical activities to contracted time, cost and quality.
  • Ensuring a consistent approach to the integration of engineering outputs to meet the overall project objectives.
  • Ensuring consistency of technical processes, methods and tools in accordance with the company Operating Framework to meet customer requirements.
  • Assisting with the coordination of bids and estimates, generation of technical/solution strategies (Technical Delivery Plans) and work breakdown structures to support project cost plans and bids.
  • Assisting with the identification of project technical risks and assisting the Project Manager with the management of them.

Essential knowledge, skills and experience of the Systems Engineer:

  • Aerospace or related engineering Background
  • Excellent people management and communication skills
  • A working knowledge of general Systems Engineering principles.
  • Technical experience throughout the air vehicle life cycle
  • Ability to make sound judgements on technical solutions
  • Knowledge of technical governance
  • Knowledge of aircraft certification and systems design

Desirable criteria of the Systems Engineer:

  • Engineering degree
  • Incorporated or Chartered Engineer, or evidence of progress towards Professional Registration with a PEI
  • Knowledge of the MOD customer and MOD Procurement process
  • Knowledge of MAA/CAA regulations
  • Knowledge of EASA Part 21
  • For specific levels of seniority we are open to candidates who possess enterprise architecture experience

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