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Capability Lead



England, UK
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Job Title: Capability Lead
Location: MoD Boscombe Down, Salisbury
Package: Highly Competitive Salary + Benefits Package
Role Type: Full-time / Permanent
Role ID: 16909

Be part of the QinetiQ journey. Join us as a Capability Lead at our MoD Boscombe Down site based in Salisbury, where you will have the opportunity to work with many of the industry’s most brilliant minds.

The Role
As a Capability Lead, you will have a role that is out of the ordinary. You’ll act as a key leader for our various engineering and project teams based at our state-of-the-art Aviation Engineering Centre (AEC). The AEC is an industry leader in aircraft modification, test and evaluation, leveraging our extensive accredited Design, Production and Flight Test, CAA Part 21 and MAA DAOS Organisations.
We are seeking a talented individual to act as our avionics subject matter expert and capability lead, to support and further develop our highly-publicised engineering portfolios for a range of incredibly exciting projects.

Day-to-day, you will:

  • Be responsible for ensuring the AEC fulfils optimum capability performance. Acting as a ‘hands on’ capability lead, you’ll report to the Head of Design to create a clear plan for the future strategic roadmap, and drive continuous improvement in this area.
  • Provide guidance and oversight across the AEC Project Delivery Teams to ensure standards and safe delivery of avionics, communication and aircraft electrical systems are achieved, whilst maintaining cost and schedule constraints.
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with the Project Management Office (PMO) functions, in particular Project Management and Project Engineering, providing guidance to ensure safe and compliant delivery of Avionic project outputs.
  • Form part of a collaborative multi-disciplinary team of Capability Leads, generating bid winning proposals through an AEC Solution Delivery Plan and successfully deliver a range of challenging, complex and novel projects within the AEC.
  • Participate in robust change management throughout the project lifecycle, maintaining compliance with CAA /MAA regulatory obligations.

This role is a full-time position based at our MoD Boscombe Down site in Salisbury with some flexibility for home working available.

Essential Experience of the Capability Lead:

  • In-depth knowledge of avionic systems; including communication, navigation and flight control systems.
  • Exceptional leadership qualities, with extensive experience operating in a senior engineering leadership role and the ability to motivate and guide individuals to achieve the balance between safety, quality, cost and schedule.
  • Substantial experience of CAA Part 21.J and MAA DOAS aviation regulations and certification processes, with strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.
  • Demonstrable experience as CAA Part 21.J Compliance Verification Engineer is highly desirable.
  • Proven leadership of avionic design engineers throughout the project lifecycle, including verification, validation, test and customer acceptance phases of aircraft modification projects.
  • Demonstrable professional communication skills; with the ability to challenge and table logical and convincing technical arguments in the field of Avionics in formal internal, customer and CAA/MAA regulator reviews.

Qualifications for the Capability Lead:

  • Degree at Grade 2.1 or higher in an appropriate engineering subject coupled with commensurate experience in the field of aircraft avionic systems.
  • Demonstrable experience of CAA Part 21.J, route to certification and operating under Flight Test Permit to Fly basis.
  • Recognised as a subject matter expert in the field of avionics, aircraft electrical and communication system design with significant experience of undertaking the role of Compliance Verification Engineer (CVE) of behalf of an EASA/CAA Part 21.J organisation.

Please note that all applicants must hold, or be able to achieve for Security 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
  • Holiday Trading
  • Support for the Armed Forces community
  • Payroll Giving and Volunteering

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.