Senior Systems Engineer - Cyber and Electro-Magnetic Activities

Malvern, UK
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

Job Details

Overall Purpose of the Job

QinetiQ works in partnership with Defence, Government and Critical National Infrastructure to enhance the ability to operate safely and securely across the Cyber and Electromagnetic environment. We are looking for Senior System Engineers capable of directing a multi-disciplined team, or as part of a larger team.

You will be applying your knowledge, skills and experience of structured engineering methods to a wide range of programmes to enhance operational advantage and increase resilience in Cyber and Electro-Magnetic Activities (CEMA) through:

  • Research and prototyping  into generation after next technologies;
  • Requires elicitation, design, development and integration of solutions;
  • Testing, evaluation and exercising of systems, capabilities and organisations.

The work may be in direct support of our customer(s), embedded as a technical subject matter expert within their team; or leading a QinetiQ delivering solutions/products for our customers.

We welcome candidates with a broad range of Systems Engineering and Architectural experience across CEMA, including: Cyber Security, Cyber Vulnerabilities Electronic Attack, Electronic Defence, Electronic Warfare, Cyber and Electronic Surveillance, CEMA trials and exercises.

Key Accountabilities

  • Leading the technical direction and delivery of project outcomes/outputs;
  • Managing a diverse array of stakeholders;
  • Tailoring and applying systems engineering approaches and architectural methodologies to capture and design customer solutions;
  • Working across complex internal and external team boundaries to solve problems;
  • Presenting of technical outputs, appropriate to the audience’s knowledge and expertise, in both written and presentational formats;
  • Supporting both bid and project teams in the development of solutions to customer problems;
  • Collaborating across QinetiQ and Customer project teams to enhance the end-solution;
  • Identification of opportunities for follow on work and supporting their pursuit and bidding from a technical perspective.


  • Diverse stakeholder community with conflicting views, unclear requirements and incoherent solutions;
  • Managing time across diverse range of tasks and priorities;
  • Dealing with complexity within an evolving technical and programme landscape;
  • Rapidly assimilating information, understanding the latest situation and translating this into solutions for customers;
  • Working with multidisciplinary teams that may be drawn from across the stakeholder’s organisations.

Person Specification

  • Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required;
  • Knowledge and experience working in the Cyber and/or Electromagnetic domains for Defence, Government and/or Critical National Infrastructure related projects;
  • Ability to elicit, articulate and manage customer needs and system requirements, and translate these into operational, logical and physical architectures representing the enterprise;
  • Defining or undertaking assurance (i.e. pan-DLOD V&V) activities for MOD and/or Government capabilities;
  • Coordinating, supporting and chairing design reviews to ensure adherence to customer and corporate standards and governance;
  • Project/engineering planning to ensure all aspects of the engineering life cycle are considered from the outset;
  • Creation and leadership of multi-disciplined technical teams to support project outcomes;
  • Selection and tailoring of engineering lifecycles to support capability delivery in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

Essential Education, Qualifications and Training

  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering or technical discipline, or proven experience working in an equivalent engineering role;
  • Intention to join/membership of appropriate professional body.

Essential Personal Qualities and Behavioural Requirements:

  • Natural systems thinker who has a passion for solving customer problems;
  • Proactive, self-motivated, with a ‘can-do’ attitude;
  • Collaborative, ‘one team’ outlook;
  • Able to work and produce consistent results with minimal supervision;
  • Equally willing to take the lead, or work as part of a wider team under direction;
  • Good questioning, listening, influencing and general interpersonal skills;
  • Well-developed oral, written communication and presentation skills;
  • Can adapt and work flexibly;
  • Can work on several projects simultaneously.

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

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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


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+44 (0)1252 392000
Cody Technology Park
Ively Road
GU14 0LX
United Kingdom

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