Procurement - Year in Industry Placement

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 

Why Procurement?

 To succeed in business you need to hone skills such as negotiation, analysis, presentation skills, time and people management. QinetiQ Procurement will give great exposure and enhance your skills in all of these areas and more, as you strategically source goods and services that support the wider QinetiQ business in carrying out their objectives. 

In order to achieve these objectives you will need to work collaboratively with key stakeholders and technical experts around the business, to provide value for money while reducing supply chain risk. You will do this through leveraging relationships, developing market knowledge and exercising advanced negotiation techniques.  To support you in achieving these objectives, QinetiQ offers a wide range of classroom based training opportunities including negotiation, presentation, robust conversations, bid writing and many more; however the vast majority of the training will be on-the-job as you get involved in a variety of projects, with support from the team. 

The QinetiQ Procurement department is made up of three teams; Category Management, Bidding and Programmes, and Operational Excellence; each of which provide a different insight and approach to Procurement. The QinetiQ Procurement Year in Industry Scheme offers the opportunity to engage with all three teams; allowing you to build a dynamic and solid business background, develop transferrable skills and work with key people across all levels of the organisation. You will experience new and exciting challenges every day and will be involved in an unparalleled variety of projects. 

The Role

QinetiQ offers a comprehensive Year in Industry Scheme designed to develop and challenge you, in your early career. Based at our head office in Farnborough, you will have the opportunity to get involved in a wide variety of Procurement projects.

During your Procurement Year in Industry Scheme, you will have an opportunity to work within the Procurement Category Management team, who are challenged with delivering continued financial efficiencies and operational improvement in supplier delivery.  Projects that you may be involved in are of an indirect nature and range from IT, Facilities Management, to Engineering, Science and Technology opportunities, where QinetiQ-wide requirements must be taken into consideration.

Weapons and Land

The UK MOD trusts QinetiQ to manage the majority of their high-hazard Test & Evaluation (T&E) and Training facilities in the UK through a Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA).

You will also experience our Bidding & Programmes team, who provide bid support to our internal project teams and work closely with our supply chain to secure new business and deliver ongoing projects to our customers. It’s likely you will be involved in projects that contribute to our Air & Space business, our Cyber, Information & Training business, our Maritime, Land and Weapons business, or our International business.

You could get involved in our Supply Chain team, who deliver safety critical, through-life support to our fleet of aircraft – ensuring our fast-jets and aircraft remain available for test pilot training. There is also an opportunity to deliver business enhancement projects, aimed at continuously improving the way we operate.

Every experience will be a chance to develop your influencing and teamwork skills, your ability to negotiate contracts and to deliver critical outcomes for every part of our business.  Guiding you through all of this you will have a dedicated three tier support structure consisting of a buddy, line manager and mentor to ensure you are able to achieve and exceed your objectives. 

The QinetiQ Procurement team routinely employs Graduates on an annual basis; so success in your Year in Industry scheme can open doors to the Graduate scheme, on completion of your degree. 


  • Applicants should have a degree (achieved or predicted)
  • You will need to be highly motivated
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to establish good working relationships are highly important
  • You will be resilient and business minded with a proven track record of achieving results
  • Strong influencing, analytical and multi-tasking skills are also required

Company Benefits

QinetiQ offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive range of lifestyle benefits, including a flexible work schedule, 25 days holiday, flexible employee benefits and a company pension. Our Farnborough site is complete with parking, coffee shop, deli, restaurant and gymnasium.

We are also committed to the development of our employees and actively support career progression through our training and appraisal programs. 

Position Requirements 

These roles will require the holder to be able to obtain full security clearance. To gain clearance you will normally have had to have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of 5 years, regardless of nationality.

Opportunity Overview

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Placement Duration: Year-long
  • Location: Farnborough (North East Hampshire)
  • Region: London and South East
  • Type: Work Placement / Internship

Other benefits...

  • Flexible work schedule
  • 25 days' holiday
  • Flexible employee benefits
  • Company pension

Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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Job ID Number: #7534
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