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Explosive Ordnance Engineers



Canberra, Australia
Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2023

QinetiQ employs more than 8000 people in 50 locations around the world, offering our customers premier expertise in advice, services and creative technology-based products.


QinetiQ Australia, part of the global QinetiQ group, provides technological and scientific expertise to help customers protect and advance their vital interests. As an innovative science and technology company, we help solve some of our customers' most challenging problems. Our determination to deliver and improve today and anticipate and shape tomorrow, makes QinetiQ a very exciting, rewarding and respected place to work and learn.

Unlock your potential at QinetiQ


QinetiQ’s Explosive Materiel Branch is currently looking to engage with experienced Explosive Ordnance Engineers 


Opportunities are available in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.


Boasting the largest team of highly respected and experienced Explosive Ordnance (EO) acquisition personnel, our consultants work in close partnership with our clients and are embedded within a vibrant team, working on multi-million dollar projects that are at the cutting edge of innovation in Defence munitions and the creation of sovereign defence capability.   


The Opportunity


Our key client manages the acquisition, in-service sustainment and disposal of all guided and non-guided explosive ordnance for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).  As Australia strives to create greater independence in an increasingly challenging strategic environment, we are experiencing unprecedented demand for our support services.


Under the Major Service Provider construct you will have opportunities to manage and accelerate your professional career across different projects, in Maritime, Land and Air Domain with the support and guidance of QinetiQ EO experts. Current projects and programs include:  

  • Armoured Fighting Vehicle – Weapons
  • Maritime Strike and Missile Defence Capabilities, including Sea Sparrow Missiles, Tomahawk Missile, Standard Missile 2, Mine countermeasure and other future systems   
  • Aerospace Explosive Ordnance, such as Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles, Long Range Anti-ship Missile, Joint Direct Attack Munition, and platforms including Super Hornet and Joint Strike Fighter weapons.
  • Specialist EO Support to ADF platform acquisitions



The Role


As an experienced Explosive Ordnance Engineer your responsibilities may include:

  • Supporting weapon acquisition and certification.
  • Leading and mentoring junior engineers
  • Holding and exercising engineering authority on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Initial planning and establishment of new weapon acquisition projects, using knowledge of CASG Capability Life Cycle and CASG/EMB policies and procedures
  • Planning, coordinating and executeing explosive ordnance project engineering activities whilst liaising with internal and external stakeholders rele
  • Drafting and reviewing engineering technical certification documentation, including technical certification
  • Undertaking certification of current in-service explosive ordnance, using the engineering management system to ensure ongoing technical integrity
  • Undertake engineering change proposals
  • Planning, preparing and developing weapon integration activities, schedules and plans for platforms including technical risk, dependencies, schedule, cost and fundamental input to capability elements
  • Assisting with cost models, execution plans, schedules, risk reduction studies and stakeholder engagement for further development of capabilities
  • Supporting the development of future improvements, enhancements and capabilities to systems and processes
  • Preparation of technical aspects of tender and contract materials including schedule milestones.
  • Developing project execution strategies and weapon plans


To be successful in the role of experienced Explosive Ordnance Engineers you will require experience in or an awareness of:


  • CASG (or similar) engineering processes
  • Engineering management plans and documents  
  • Capability life cycle and requirements
  • Explosive ordnance engineering management
  • Explosive ordnance operations / handling
  • Knowledge of the explosive munitions
  • Developing system engineering requirements for explosive ordnance
  • Test and evaluation of explosive ordnance products and certification of process and artefacts
  • Knowledge of COMSARM and ADF explosive ordnance inventory and of explosive ordnance capability development 
  • Ability to provide engineering input into briefs and presentations
  • Identifying engineering risks
  • Stakeholder engagement and relationship management


Applicants MUST be eligible to obtain an Australian Government security clearance. QinetiQ conducts pre-employment screening, including but not limited to identity verification and police checks, for all preferred candidates


About QinetiQ

Looking for an Employer with Benefits?


At QinetiQ, our competitive remuneration and benefits package supports your evolving needs throughout your career.   You’ll share in the company’s success, and be rewarded for your own. We’ll invest in your professional development and provide an inclusive environment for you to succeed.


Some of our benefits include:

  • Individual Professional development allowance
  • Flexible work
  • Purchased leave program & loyalty leave
  • Up to 18 weeks paid parental leave
  • Annual incentive scheme
  • Complimentary salary continuance insurance
  • Annual volunteering leave with Operation Give Back
  • Relaxed dress code


A full list of our employee benefits can be found here: https://www.qinetiq.com/en-au/careers/benefits



As the defence industry in Australia grows, it is an exciting time to join QinetiQ. What the company looks like today will be different to that of tomorrow as we navigate an ever changing world. To innovate for our customers' advantage we value the need for diversity of thought in everything we do. We provide a flexible and inclusive environment where our people can bring their whole selves to work, meaningfully contribute and have equal opportunity to succeed. We actively seek applications from people who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Aligned with our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan, we also encourage applications from women, veterans and First Nations people.