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Mechanical Engineer (Weapons)


QinetiQ
Salary: In Line with Global Grading
Location: Southend-on-Sea
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Manufacturing
Category: Mechanical Engineering Jobs
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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

The job holder will work in the Weapons Science group which is part of Applied Science. Within Weapons Science, our teams come from a variety of physics, chemistry, mathematics and related engineering backgrounds. They are critical to advice and the assessment of weapons systems from long range missiles to small arms pistols including the detailed technologies that enable their use. They help our customers ensure that these critical assets perform effectively and safely.

This is a key role and the job holder is expected to support the winning and delivery of work programmes, and develop customer relationships within UK MoD. It is expected that the candidate will be based at Fort Halsted for an initial period of up to 2 years before moving to the Shoeburyness location.

The role involves leading munitions breakdown tasks to complete the disassembly of a variety of munitions, with a particularly focus on the engineering aspects.
It is likely that the successful candidate will have an engineering background that will be supplemented with training to develop the weapons knowledge required to fulfil the role.

Knowledge, skills and Personal Qualities Required
1. Broad knowledge and experience of engineering principles. Additionally, an appreciation of munition design and breakdown would be advantageous but not essential as training will be provided.
2. Apply specialist skills and knowledge to interpret engineering drawings for complex weapon systems and to develop innovative solutions for disassembling complex weapon systems into their component parts and providing samples suitable for laboratory testing.
3. Demonstrate good interpersonal, influencing, analytical and team working skills.
4. Have proven planning, organisation and coordinating abilities.
5. Exhibit good listening and questioning skills to fully understand customers’ requirements and problems.
6. Must be able to exchange ideas and information effectively in a concise and logical way, and be sensitive to audience diversity.
7. Personal resilience to handle competing demands and setbacks, proactively anticipates possible problems and using own judgement and initiative derives a range of possible solutions to reach a cost effective outcome.
8. A strong ethos on the importance of safety, operational efficiency and project delivery.
9. Show an ability to make judgements based on the analysis of factual information and use this knowledge to resolve problems by identifying and selecting solutions through the application of acquired technical experience and will be guided by precedents.

Challenges
Key Accountabilities
1. Ensure that customers’ requirements and tasks are fully understood and that problems and issues are reliably identified at the outset. Take a proactive approach to Customer relationships.
2. Provide support to the Bid Managers and Solution Leads in the construction of work programmes, including their costing and scheduling.
3. To be aware of project demands on staff and to work with Project Managers, Delivery Leads and Sales teams to assist with the full deployment of their Team.
4. Encourage an open and honest business assurance culture, contribute to continuous improvement initiatives.
5. Demonstrate a good understanding of the HSE requirements applicable to munitions breakdown.

Behavioral Requirements
Essential Qualifications
1. A suitably-recognised engineering qualification at a degree level or an equivalent, nationally recognised, professional qualification, with typically 3-6 years of further on the job experience.
2. Experience with weapon systems is unlikely however it is essential to have demonstrated the ability to learn new technical areas
3. Would be close to achieving membership of a relevant professional body.
4. A driving licence would be essential as the job involves travel in UK and periods away from home, particularly for the first two years. (Expenses will be paid.)

Desirable Qualifications
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

The job holder will work in the Weapons Science group which is part of Applied Science. Within Weapons Science, our teams come from a variety of physics, chemistry, mathematics and related engineering backgrounds. They are critical to advice and the assessment of weapons systems from long range missiles to small arms pistols including the detailed technologies that enable their use. They help our customers ensure that these critical assets perform effectively and safely.

This is a key role and the job holder is expected to support the winning and delivery of work programmes, and develop customer relationships within UK MoD. It is expected that the candidate will be based at Fort Halsted for an initial period of up to 2 years before moving to the Shoeburyness location.

The role involves leading munitions breakdown tasks to complete the disassembly of a variety of munitions, with a particularly focus on the engineering aspects.
It is likely that the successful candidate will have an engineering background that will be supplemented with training to develop the weapons knowledge required to fulfil the role.

Knowledge, skills and Personal Qualities Required
1. Broad knowledge and experience of engineering principles. Additionally, an appreciation of munition design and breakdown would be advantageous but not essential as training will be provided.
2. Apply specialist skills and knowledge to interpret engineering drawings for complex weapon systems and to develop innovative solutions for disassembling complex weapon systems into their component parts and providing samples suitable for laboratory testing.
3. Demonstrate good interpersonal, influencing, analytical and team working skills.
4. Have proven planning, organisation and coordinating abilities.
5. Exhibit good listening and questioning skills to fully understand customers’ requirements and problems.
6. Must be able to exchange ideas and information effectively in a concise and logical way, and be sensitive to audience diversity.
7. Personal resilience to handle competing demands and setbacks, proactively anticipates possible problems and using own judgement and initiative derives a range of possible solutions to reach a cost effective outcome.
8. A strong ethos on the importance of safety, operational efficiency and project delivery.
9. Show an ability to make judgements based on the analysis of factual information and use this knowledge to resolve problems by identifying and selecting solutions through the application of acquired technical experience and will be guided by precedents.

Challenges
Key Accountabilities
1. Ensure that customers’ requirements and tasks are fully understood and that problems and issues are reliably identified at the outset. Take a proactive approach to Customer relationships.
2. Provide support to the Bid Managers and Solution Leads in the construction of work programmes, including their costing and scheduling.
3. To be aware of project demands on staff and to work with Project Managers, Delivery Leads and Sales teams to assist with the full deployment of their Team.
4. Encourage an open and honest business assurance culture, contribute to continuous improvement initiatives.
5. Demonstrate a good understanding of the HSE requirements applicable to munitions breakdown.

Behavioral Requirements
Essential Qualifications
1. A suitably-recognised engineering qualification at a degree level or an equivalent, nationally recognised, professional qualification, with typically 3-6 years of further on the job experience.
2. Experience with weapon systems is unlikely however it is essential to have demonstrated the ability to learn new technical areas
3. Would be close to achieving membership of a relevant professional body.
4. A driving licence would be essential as the job involves travel in UK and periods away from home, particularly for the first two years. (Expenses will be paid.)

Desirable Qualifications
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