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Senior Communications Engineering Research Consultant



Marketing & Communications
Great Malvern, Malvern WR14, UK
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2024

Job Title: Senior Communications Engineering Research Consultant - Technical Lead
Location: Malvern, Worcestershire + Adaptive Working Arrangement
Package: Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits
Role Type: Full time / Permanent
Role ID: SF14127

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

The Role
As a Senior Communications Engineering Research Consultant - Technical Lead, you’ll have a role that is out of the ordinary, providing technical leadership in the area of Secure Military communications in order to meet business objectives and deliver growth.

You'll work with Programme Managers to develop winning proposals and to deliver compelling consultancy on future secure military network solutions. You'll also support the technical strategy within a business area. This will involve interpretation of business goals and drivers, the identification of required changes in capabilities. They will oversee technical work and be forward leaning, shaping the solutions for the future.

The Senior Communications Engineering Research Consultant - Technical Lead will be responsible for:

  • Leadership: Lead project teams to deliver solutions using best practice. Success will depend on your ability to manage and guide junior staff to deliver solutions for new and existing customers.
  • Delivery: Responsible for providing technical leadership for programme, project and bidding activities.
  • Provide effective technical leadership and support to the business both in delivery or programmes and bidding activities.
  • Provide technical assurance by understanding and interpreting the appropriate technical standards that comply with statutory, regulatory, company and project specific processes and procedures.
  • To understand the market requirements and future technology developments and apply them to technical solutions.
  • Responsible for the development of:
    • Design Certifications
    • Technical Delivery Plans
    • High Level Documentation
    • Detailed Design Documentation
    • Testing schedules at component, system and user levels

This role is full time, based at Malvern with flexible working options in line with QinetiQ's adaptive working policy. This role does allow for flexibility in working arrangements, please ask your recruiter for more information.

Essential experience of the Senior Communications Engineering Research Consultant - Technical Lead

  • A technical leader with experience of successfully leading and delivering multiple, high value, research, consultancy and engineering activities with large, multi-disciplinary and cross-Industry and Military partner organisations.
  • Being a Subject Matter Expert (SME) that has experience resolving problems where a precedent may not yet exist.
  • Good commercial awareness; has a good knowledge of how the technical function contributes to the business and a good understanding of competitors. Being key in the budgeting, bidding and estimating activities for projects.
  • A knowledge of Line of Sight (LOS) and Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) systems, including any of the below:-
    • HF including 2G/3G and 4G
    • VHF Combat Net Radio
    • UHF wideband including Mobile Adhoc NETworks (MANET)
    • Satellite Communications (SATCOM) including Mil Sat/Civ Sat LEO MEO and GEO constellation services
    • 802.11 WiFi based solutions including ad and ay 60 GHz
  • Understanding of RF propagation in both LOS and BLOS environments and the physical layer elements of the system relating to key performance attributes e.g. antennas, spectrum access, modulation and coding.
  • Strong system engineering background understanding requirements capture, integrations planning and testing.
  • Expert technical ability to collect and analyse data from multiple sources, reason out trends and outliers and provide actionable advice pitched at the correct level for the audience through reports or presentations.

Desirable experience

  • Awareness of military communications systems including Bowman and/or Skynet5/6.

Qualifications required for the Senior Communications Engineering Research Consultant - Technical Lead

  • A degree in Science or Engineering, or an equivalent, nationally recognised, professional qualification, with significant on the job experience and growth of key skills, working in the domain and backed up with a tangible track record of achievement.
  • Role holder is likely to be respected in their field with experience of delivering technical contributions in the domain of resilient RF communications.

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

  • 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.