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People Lead: Inclusion, Belonging & Diversity



People & HR
Farnborough, UK
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

QinetiQ is a global defence and security company and employs more than 8500 people in more than 50 locations around the world. We offer our customers premier expertise in advice, services and creative technology-based products and help solve some of their 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. Globally QinetiQ has four Sectors, one of which is the ‘Australia Sector’’. The Australia Sector has more than 1,200 employees operating across four countries, namely Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Reporting to the Australian based Head of People Experience and Transition & Integration, you will be responsible for partnering with the People Function, our Australia Sector business leaders and our people in the development of an inclusive Sector culture where our people want to belong and know they are supported to thrive as their authentic selves. This role will also provide specialist insight on all country specific legislative requirements and external expectations on diversity, equity and inclusion.

This role will be based in Farnborough, UK.

In terms of key responsibilities, you will:

  • Partner with the Head of People Experience and Transition & Integration and the Group Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) lead to implement the Australia Sector Inclusion DEI approach and delivery, aligned with Group strategy, frameworks, processes and tools
  • Provide specialist insights and operational level subject-matter expertise and consultation to deliver cultural and behavioural change interventions at all levels to ensure we create an environment where our people can thrive
  • Provide DEI specialist insight and experience, supporting the Australia Sector in the delivery of best practice standards, impactful cultural and behavioural solutions
  • Support the Head of People Experience and Transition & Integration and Sector Internal Communications and Employer Brand Manager in creating, improving and embedding inclusive employee engagement approaches where all of our people are heard and understood
  • Coach peers and provide insight and future thinking on inclusion, belonging, equity and diversity across all of our geographies
  • Support the development and implementation of the Group and Sector level strategies and plans to ensure consistency and to mitigate Group Enterprise and Regulatory Risk

As our ideal applicant, you will present with:

  • Previous experience in different operating contexts in leading DEI and belonging activity and of driving broad and diverse DEI activity across a global organisation
  • HR, CIPD and/or DEI qualifications
  • Experience in supporting and influencing change in complex and multi-national companies and in designing and/or delivering DEI workshops in global organisations
  • Some familiarity, knowledge, understanding or experience of at least of one of the following with the willingness and readiness to learn the others:
    • Australian anti-discrimination laws, experience in driving diversity initiatives in Australian contexts, knowledge of Indigenous Australian cultures and reconciliation efforts
    • UK equality legislation, experience in implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives within UK organizations, understanding of UK cultural dynamics and sensitivities
    • Canadian human rights legislation, experience in fostering diversity and inclusion in Canadian organizations, understanding of Canadian multiculturalism and indigenous inclusion
    • German anti-discrimination laws, experience in promoting diversity
  • Experience of prioritising, managing and leading programmes of work
  • An ability to work collaboratively, develop and sustain strong working relationships
  • Experience in coaching, guiding and developing others
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and a consultative leadership style
  • Eligibility for Baseline Personnel Security Standard clearance

Confidential enquiries are welcome and may be directed to Narica Chappel, Talent Acquisition Specialist via email: nchappel@qinetiq.com.au. A position description is available upon request.


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. 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 a 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, adaptive and flex