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Senior Engineer Technical Lead - Synthetic Environments and Simulation

Farnborough, UK / Hybrid working
Posting live until
7 Jun 2024

Job Details

Location: Farnborough, Hampshire + Hybrid Working

Package: Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package

Role Type: Full time / Permanent

Role ID: SF16543

Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Senior Engineer Technical Lead at our Farborough site where you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.

We are seeking talented Senior Engineers to join our Synthetic Environments and Simulation team, a vibrant group of engineers from a range of scientific, mathematical and creative backgrounds. As part of our continued focus and investment in Training and Mission Rehearsal, we are looking for individuals who can provide subject matter expertise and/or lead the delivery of technical and engineering output across a range of customer projects, internal investments or strategic captures. 

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.

The Role

As Senior Engineer Technical Lead, you will bring together technical solutions following best practice through the engineering lifecycle. You may operate at whole system level, working with customers on use cases and context of use, requirements, project engineering and technical assurance plans; or work in a particular sector of the delivery lifecycle, such as design, integration, test, in-service or through life support. You may be looking at one or more of overall architecture, requirements, use cases, work structure, sub/system specifications/integration, statements of work for partners, interface definition, design traceability, test, verification and certification.

  • Technically leading contracted projects or programmes, providing specialism where this fits your experience, and coordinating a larger team;
  • Liaising with customers at a technical level to enhance our understanding of their requirements. Supporting customer’s understanding and developing their requirements;
  • Managing the technical risk and opportunities on behalf of the project;
  • Ensuring that the technical tasks are conducted according to the plan;
  • Ensuring the end deliverables meet customer specification and quality expectations;
  • Ensuring that the project and programme managers are fully informed of technical progress and issues;
  • Liaising with the customer technical lead to ensure that they are fully informed of progress and issues.

This role is full time, 37 hours per week, and based at our Farnborough site with agile working options, including flexible start and finish times, home working, compressed hours and flexible breaks.

Skills and experience of the Senior Engineer Technical Lead

A broad understanding of modelling and simulation concepts and technologies; likely to have an interest in simulation or gaming, MOD training, rehearsal or experimentation. Ability to rapidly assimilate knowledge of relevant technology solutions and system considerations when integrated together into an overall capability. This might include knowledge and skills in some of the following areas:

  • Simulator interoperability standards including Distributed and federated simulation (DIS);
  • Tactical environment simulation, including knowledge and understanding of threat representation or environment modelling and associated tools/ technologies such as Image Generation and visualisation of tactical or geospatial information. Experience with games engines such as VBS or Unity may be beneficial;
  • Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) blends. Concepts and principles underpinning LVC systems for Operational Training or Test & Evaluation, including awareness of how simulations can safely and effectively interact with operational communications, command and control systems;
  • Future and emerging technologies: Awareness of future technology trends, able to explore new concepts through technology-based research, and able to create appropriate solutions using novel and emerging technologies that meet future capability requirements;
  • Leadership of technical delivery projects throughout the engineering lifecycle requiring delivery of complex solutions to a range of customers;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels across the department, business, and externally with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to manage multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists and a broad range of internal and external stakeholders whilst building and maintaining excellent relationships;
  • Experience of writing/contributing to technical documentation and experience of using system engineering methodologies.

Essential Qualifications for the Senior Engineer Technical Lead

A degree in Science or Engineering, or an equivalent nationally recognised, professional qualification, with further on the job experience and growth of key skills, working in the domain and backed up with a tangible track record of achievement. Holders will be expected to have fulfilled the requirements to attain full professional membership of a relevant body or similar accreditation. Candidates may have a background in Systems Engineering, Systems Integration or Software Engineering.

Demonstrable success shaping and delivering solutions that require technical leadership and risk management across a range of engineering and technical disciplines, particularly where they have involved development of simulations and synthetic environments for training, research or decision support.

Experience identifying and managing technical risk as well as awareness of wider considerations for bidding and project delivery, such as commercial, financial, security and intellectual property.

Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance, as a minimum.

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Our Benefits

  • Adaptive and flexible working;
  • 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.





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QinetiQ is a company of scientists and engineers committed to listening, understanding and responding to our customers’ needs. This enables us to use our depth of experience, and our unique science and engineering expertise, to equip customers with powerful solutions to their most pressing challenges.

Why work for us
We understand that people want diversity from a career, so we’ve created a flexible working environment, where we offer opportunities to work on different projects and give people the freedom to innovate and try new things. Our peoples’ depth of expertise and their passion for defence and security makes the critical difference for our customers. We constantly encourage staff to think and do things differently, to always look for enterprising, agile ways to create real benefit. Collaborating with and learning from our world-renowned experts makes QinetiQ an exceptionally rewarding place to work; where no two days are the same.

Training and development
We encourage our people to challenge themselves, realize their full potential and to be proud to deliver outstanding performance for our customers. The QinetiQ Academy provides opportunities for further growth, and everyone are encouraged to develop technical skills and complete professional training.

Graduate schemes
Our two-year Graduate Development Programme gives graduates access to more than 250 rotational placements, unique facilities and a strong support network to help develop their career.

What we are looking for
We’re looking for outstanding technical people, creative and analytical thinkers, decision makers, influencers and excellent communicators. Working at QinetiQ is more than just a job – we’re making a difference in addressing some of society’s biggest technical challenges. Our purpose is to “save lives, protect sovereign interests, deliver where others can’t”. This is why we exist and the reason why we all get out of bed in the morning.


Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Physicists, optical scientists, systems engineers, software engineers, combat systems engineers, mission systems engineers, business analysts, project managers, data scientists, big data, dev ops, network, communications, training, synthetic environments and simulation engineers, cyber intelligence, cryptosecurity

Desired degree disciplines/class
Science degree or equivalent

Eligible to work in the UK or one of QinetiQ’s global businesses

How to apply

Closing date
All year round


Company info
+44 (0)1252 392000
Cody Technology Park
Ively Road
GU14 0LX

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