Principal Systems Engineer – Project Engineer


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Job ref: 11747

   Location: Bristol
   Employment Type: Full Time - Permanent
   Job ID: 11747

QinetiQ comprises teams of dedicated people; experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets. We draw on our extensive technical knowledge and intellectual property to provide the know-how and support to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.  Our people make the critical difference to customers by providing unique approaches to problem solving.  Why don’t you join some of the world’s finest scientific and technical minds and help us make tomorrow work today?

Job description/Person specification
Within Systems Engineering we are looking for a Principal Systems Engineer to fulfil the role of Project Engineer within the Air Support Portfolio, with excellent leadership skills and who is willing to work in a team environment, both civilian and military. The location of the role will be predominantly MOD Boscombe Down; the ability and willingness to travel to other locations in the UK and abroad for detached duties may also be necessary.

What will I be doing?

As a Project Engineer you will operate at platform level and be the overarching technical lead for projects, accountable for the technical solution, its quality and assurance and delivery to schedule.

You will coordinate activities between the various disciplines, working in partnership with the Project Managers to ensure a consistent approach to the creation and delivery of our products and advice.

Typically you will have responsibility for the technical management of all activities on projects relating to a specific air platform or capability, and as such you are the technical point of contact for our Customers, whether they be DE&S, military or commercial.

You will engage with our Customers at a strategic level to understand their future aspirations with respect to capability, elicit and understand their requirements, and manage the process of analysis and decomposition of the requirements. You will also provide significant technical support to the Sales and Bid teams in terms of the creation or approval of the Technical Delivery Plans and estimates, supported by Subject Matter Experts, to develop robust technical solutions.

Key Accountabilities:
• Day-to-day leadership and management of engineering and technical teams to deliver integrated engineering outputs that meet the customer’s requirements, to contracted time, cost and quality
• Creation and delivery of innovative and agile integrated solutions
• Co-ordinating bids and estimates; generating technical solutions with an associated work breakdown structure to support project cost plans and bids
• Ensuring the production of appropriate Technical Delivery Plans and adherence throughout the engineering project lifecycle
• Identifying project technical risks and mitigations working with the Project Manager with their management and control
• Assuring the quality of engineering integrated outputs (work of all employees, contractors, and military SMEs) in accordance with authorised Technical Delivery Plans

What do I need?

• A strong aviation background, preferably in Air Support platforms
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
• The ability to work closely with customers, Industry partners and all stakeholders
• Knowledge and understanding of the principles of our delivery frameworks e.g. Engineering Delivery Partner
• HNC/HND/Degree in a relevant subject, or other qualifications with suitable experience
• Knowledge and understanding of a Systems Engineering V-Model approach
• A good knowledge of UK Military Aviation Authority regulatory publications, certification, Release to Service, and UK military trials activities and processes

How to apply
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