Systems Engineer - ISTAR
Malvern, GB
9h ago

QinetiQ comprises teams of dedicated people; experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets. We draw on our extensive technical knowledge and intellectual property to provide the know-how and support to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Our people make the critical difference to customers by providing unique approaches to problem solving. Why don’t you join some of the world’s finest scientific and technical minds and help us make tomorrow work today?

Job description / Person specification

QinetiQ’s Cyber and Information (C&I) business helps its customers respond to ever evolving threats, based on its expertise in training, secure communication platforms, intelligence, surveillance, and cyber security.

CIT delivers mission-winning innovation into global defence, security, and critical national infrastructure markets.

The QinetiQ Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Systems Engineering team provides ISTAR Domain Subject Matter Expert (SME) System Engineers, ISTAR System Architects, and ISTAR Scientists into CIT projects to deliver capability into Defence, Government and Industry both as Customer Friend (advice side) and Delivery (supply side) agents.

The Systems Engineering ISTAR team is predominantly based in Malvern, Bristol and Lincoln with support from other specialist staff at Farnborough and other QinetiQ sites.

The QinetiQ ISTAR Systems Engineering team currently supports a number of major projects and campaigns such as the Engineering Delivery Partnership (EDP), Battlefield CIS (BATCIS), PICASSO Systems Integration Team (PSIT), Watchkeeper Army UAS, New GEOINT Services (NGS), Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Innovation Partnership and many more.

The team is looking for highly motivated Systems Engineers with ISTAR Domain Knowledge to support a variety of interesting and ground-breaking projects.

A range of such opportunities exists and we will consider applicants who both meet the specific requirements and those with similar experience.

Typical roles entail working for a technical lead experienced in this domain (for the larger projects) and working alongside fellow ISTAR systems engineers and domain subject matter experts.

Responsibilities are centred upon advising the customer upon requirements, architectures and suitable solutions. These can also include developing solutions through design and implementation to testing and acceptance.

Specific ISTAR Domain Key Activities :

  • Provide technical advice or support into projects throughout the engineering lifecycle in support of existing or future ISTAR platforms, sensors, mission systems or processes.
  • Application of systems engineering tools, techniques and notations to the requirements engineering, architecting and design of ISTAR systems e.
  • g. DOORS, Sparx EA, Agile SE, TOGAF, ArchiMate

  • Support integration of innovation into ISTAR capabilities through rapid spiral developments, including use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
  • Provide ISTAR systems engineering advice and support into small, medium and large bids.
  • Deliver support to equipment delivery programmes, through user workshop engagements, and advise on process change and management to enhance capability and / or reduce operator burden, operational risk and / or reduce through life costs.
  • Support trials planning, management, delivery and reporting.
  • Engage with stakeholders, project managers and senior technical staff to ensure customer and business needs are satisfied appropriately and problems are mitigated.
  • Key accountabilities :

    1. Application of systems engineering approach and execution of key systems engineering activities with limited supervision

    2. Engaging with customers, other stakeholders, and suppliers on specific technical matters

    3. Working as part of a technical team in support of project objectives

    4. Identifying, engaging with, and satisfying internal and external stakeholder communities

    5. Eliciting requirements, understanding them, and addressing their satisfaction

    6. Scheming overall system solutions in satisfaction of requirements and constraints using architecting and design techniques

    7. Addressing integration, verification and validation and transition into operational service

    8. Identifying and addressing through-life (e.g. support) considerations

    9. Provides support to decision management

    10. Produces technical documentation in support of work carried out

    11. Delivers work and reports on progress to more senior technical and project staff

    12. Escalates significant problems and issues encountered with senior staff

    13. Plans and structures own work under direction of project leads

    Particular skills / experience required :

  • Understanding of the ISTAR Domain (IMINT, GEOINT, OSINT, HUMINT, SIGINT, ACINT etc.) platforms, sensors, mission systems and exploitation tools both from a technical delivery and user perspective.
  • Understanding of ISTAR Direct Process Disseminate (DPD) and Process Exploitation & Dissemination (PED) processes.
  • Technical understanding of ISTAR Information Management and Dissemination processes and technologies including the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
  • Understanding of the security measures and implications.
  • Flexible approach to tasking, able to take on multiple projects or tasks in potentially a variety of stages of development i.
  • e. concept development, requirements capture, design, delivery, verification and validation.

  • Ability to work in a team or individually as part of a Prime or Sub-contract in an industry partnership project team.
  • Be prepared to travel to customer and QinetiQ sites on a frequent basis to support project delivery (different roles will require varying amounts of UK travel to be undertaken).
  • Hold SC / DV clearances or be prepared to go through Government Vetting process.
  • Experience and qualifications :

    1. Preferably degree qualification in STEM subject, or equivalent.

    2. IEng or equivalent and anticipating working towards CEng.

    3. Relevant experience in systems engineering or engineering.

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