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Principal Systems Engineer - Team Lead

QinetiQ

QinetiQ

Software Engineering
Farnborough, UK
Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Job Title: Principal Systems Engineer / Team Lead
Location: Farnborough – Adaptive homeworking model available
Package: Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type: Full time
Role ID: SF16031

This is an opportunity to lead a systems engineering team primarily supporting the Land IDT in the delivery of Land Platform, Integrated Digital Systems. The Principal Systems Engineer will functionally manage and lead the team's capability growth in line with the IDT and broader business needs.

You will operate as a Principal Systems Engineer specialising in Land Digital Systems development, working closely with internal and external stakeholders. You will primarily work into the Land IDT programme portfolio, whilst collaborating across domains and disciplines (e.g. Training & Simulation, Maritime, Mission Systems…), to ensure our technical capability is aligned and expertise / resourcing is shared appropriately.

The role:

Through your team lead role, you will assimilate a broad view of programmes and skills across the IDT. You will be incorporated into IDT leadership activity where appropriate. You will advise on your team’s deployments, development plans and career directions, working with chief engineers and IDT programme leaders, whilst ensuring knowledge sharing, skills growth and adoption of best practice.

You are likely to have a deep interest in the systems and technology that underpin military integrated digital systems, a desire to develop and support others, and an interest in our business operational system.

The Team Lead element is typically a day a week.

Day-to-day, you will be:

  • Ensuring the wellbeing and safety of your team in conjunction with work activities.
  • Engaging with your team, communicating policy and required actions, eliciting feedback, identifying issues for passing to senior management, and actioning as appropriate.
  • Advising on suitable deployments for your team, working with Chief Engineers, Programme leaders, Resource Managers and related stakeholders as necessary.
  • Supporting proactively, the recruitment, onboarding, integration and engagement of your team.
  • Developing individuals in their personal and professional skills and knowledge, ensuring that development plans are aligned to business capability needs.

Essential experience of the Systems Engineer:

  • You must have an Appreciation of systems engineering.
  • The Systems Engineer should have an appreciation of Open Systems Architecture principles, for example:
  1. Data communications and network technology (e.g. LAN technologies, transport protocols, application layer protocols, etc.)
  2. Distributed, real time systems
  3. Embedded systems principles
  4. Software architecture principles
  • Proven listening/mentoring/coaching and respected communication skills

Qualifications for the Systems Engineer:

We value difference and we don’t have a fixed idea when it comes to background or education, provided you can show the required level of experience and willingness to learn then we would like to hear from you.

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

UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Our Benefits

  • Access to an end of year Bonus.
  • 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

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, 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 an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.


Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits. You’ll receive highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more.


About QinetiQ

As a company of over six thousand 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.