Penetration Tester

Various, United Kingdom (UK), QinetiQ [11141]

Field(s) of expertise
Information Technology
Job type

About this job

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?



Here within our expanding Security Health Check Penetration Testing team we deliver world-class consulting, as well as undertaking service development and sales support activities. Right now we’re looking for experienced Penetration Testers to join our nationwide operations.

As one of our Testers you’ll be a hugely important part of our integrated service delivery. You’ll be working with a variety of clients and be involved in different parts of the project, from scoping, to solutions design to downstream testing.  The roles are varied and challenging, so you’ll find yourself engaged in a variety of tasks, including application and infrastructure testing, “Red Teaming”, Advanced Intrusion Testing, and cyber and digital resilience.

As well as the opportunity to hone your skills on the job we have a strong commitment to personal development. So as well as learning from colleagues you’ll be able to enhance our penetration testing capabilities through service specialisation and funded personal research. The scope for career development is limited only by your personal dedication and drive.

The roles are client-facing so you’ll need to have the flexibility to frequently travel to client sites and be comfortable liaising at both a management and technical level. You’ll also need to be able to access the team base in Malvern on a monthly basis.


First and foremost you’ll need to hold a current Team Member certificate – either TIGER or CREST – and have deep technical knowledge of hacking and penetration testing techniques, methodologies and tools across all common platforms. Active CHECK status is preferred although we will also consider your application should you be at an equivalent level, able to achieve this status soon after joining.

As you’re dealing with clients you’ll need to have good communication and stakeholder management skills along with attention to detail and report writing skills. You’ll also need great time management so that you can balance scheduled client engagements with directing your own research to keep up to date with the latest vulnerabilities, attacks, and countermeasures.

All our team members have a strong desire to get root, have an adaptable and flexible approach to work, and have a willingness to support each other and the wider team. You’ll also need to have or be able to gain UK security clearance and hold a UK driving licence. In return we offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a commitment to help maintain a good work/life balance.


Please be aware that this role is subject to both security & export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that you must hold full British citizenship and obtain the right to stay and work within the UK. Restrictions may also mean that any dual or previous nationalities held can affect the security clearance and roles that you can perform within QinetiQ.

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