Graduate Opportunity

Experimental Engineer/Scientist Graduate


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It’s an exciting time to join one of our Early Careers programmes at QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join our team, whether you are taking your first steps in starting a career or you are looking to make a career change, we have a wide range of exciting opportunities for you.

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The job-holder will work in the Experimentation Team of our Weapons Science group. Within Weapons Science, our teams come from a variety of engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, ex-military and related backgrounds.  

They are critical to the assessment of future capabilities to be used by the military (such as robotic and autonomous systems) and for research and advice on those capabilities, including weapons systems (from long range missiles to small arms pistols) and the detailed technologies that enable their use. They help our customers ensure that these critical assets perform effectively and safely.  

This particular role primarily involves working in the broad field of army experimentation programmes, such as the Army Warfighting Experiments and Human Machine Teaming programmes.  

This role will initially be based at our Fort Halstead site, where the majority of the team from (with others based at Farnborough and Boscombe Down). Once training is completed both hybrid working and other locations would be considered. In addition, the role requires a reasonable level of physical fitness and the ability to be away from home for extended periods to support experimentation activities. 

Challenges with the role include:

  • Contributing to technical programmes in the army experimentation area.
  • Have the ability to become proficient in a wide range of technical and engineering skills, taking responsibility for utilising these skills to perform experiments and report their results.
  • Be flexible and adaptable to the many and varied challenges faced by this role.
  • Suitable physical fitness and resilience to work with soldiers within field trials and experiments.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide individual contribution to technical teams to ensure that programmes are delivered effectively and meet customer requirements and expectations.
  • Support liaison with colleagues, customers and other stakeholders to ensure delivery.
  • Jointly authoring customer reports (e.g. experimentation plans and reports) to meet customer requirements.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement initiatives.

Key Capabilities/Knowledge

  • An aptitude and willingness to develop skills and knowledge across the land domain, in particular advanced experimentation programmes and weapon systems.
  • Good oral and written communication skills, including report writing. 
  • Good listening and questioning skills, as well as interpersonal, analytical and team working skills.
  • Personal resilience to handle competing demands and setbacks.
  • Knowledge / familiarity of Army / Marines structure and operating methodologies, although desirable, is not essential.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • A first degree in Science or Engineering.
  • Job involves travel in UK (and potentially overseas) and periods away from home.

Additional requirements:

  • Please be aware that many roles within QinetiQ will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.
  • You must be prepared to go through the Government Vetting process

Why join QinetiQ?

As a global company of over 6,000 dedicated people providing technological and scientific expertise, we are excited to recruit the most talented and enthusiastic people to become key parts of our business. Our Early Careers programmes give you the opportunity to be at the heart of impactful projects. 

Diversity and inclusion

In our unique working environment, teams from different backgrounds collaborate widely on some of the world’s most complex defence and security challenges. Whatever part you play, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies. It’s a diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Together, we’ll explore new ways of protecting the world around us. 

Your wellbeing

Looking after the health and wellbeing of our employees are our top priority. We offer a host of services designed to support your wellbeing. They range from our Thrive app and Employee Assistance Programme to Mental Health First Aiders. The wellbeing of our employees is critical to our collective and individual success. 

Rewards and benefits

We offer global career progression and the opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting projects along with a wide range of rewards and recognition. Our highly competitive salaries come with a raft of benefits, from a performance-based Employee Incentive Scheme to Thank Q, our global recognition scheme. There’s also a Share Incentive Plan, Life Assurance and Benefits+, our flexible benefits package. It’s all designed to make life easier for you.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: January 4th, 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • 1st and above
  • Sevenoaks (Kent)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Nuclear
  • Physics
  • Process
  • Systems

Also Accepting...

  • Most STEM disciplines

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