Principal Structural Engineer

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
31 Aug 2019

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Salary £45,000 DOE + Bonus + Benefits

The Opportunity

This is a unique opportunity to join an internationally recognised company delivering leading edge solutions on a variety of UK and International military systems.  As a Structural Engineer you will apply your skills and experience to deliver critical advice on the structural performance of military systems.  In a work environment where staff welfare and development is considered a priority there will be ample opportunity to stretch your skills and responsibilities to match your career potential.
The Role
  • Be the main point of contact with internal and external customers and suppliers on assigned projects.
  • Plan, manage and deliver project work, ensuring outputs are delivered to time and budget and problems are mitigated as and when they arise.
  • Derive structural evidence on which to base product development decisions by performing linear, non-linear, crash, fatigue, vibration and modal investigations through the application of techniques ranging from hand calculations to analysis tools such as Hypermesh, OptiStruct, Radioss, LS-Dyna, Mathcad, Nastran, Patran, Adams, ABAQUS etc.
  • Develop test requirements and guide trials teams in delivering against these requirements.
  • Produce and deliver verbal and written reports to internal and external customers and stakeholders to ratify design and equipment performance decisions.
  • Manage the delivery of work through individuals and teams that you may have direct line management responsibility for.
  • Disseminate your skills and knowledge to help grow the capability of the group.
    What’s in it for you?

  • Fulfilling work that will stretch and grow your technical knowledge and competencies.
  • Extensive opportunities to develop and build your networks and reputation across collaborating areas of MBDA (e.g. Mechanical/Electrical Design, Environmental Engineering, Aerodynamics, Aircraft Integration).
  • On-going assistance to help you develop your skills and knowledge through both structured and ‘on the job’ training opportunities.
  • A choice of career development paths allowing you to develop either as a technical expert, technical leader or line manager.
  • Working for a company that places a strong emphasis on looking after the welfare and development of its staff.
    What’s great about the team?

  • You will be joining a highly motivated group with a strong desire to constantly strive to improve its effectiveness and influence across MBDA.
  • The group has a great team ethos and a strong emphasis is placed on creating a supportive and fulfilling environment in which people feel valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential.
  • The group is responsible for generating certification evidence and reviewing and accepting supplier compliances. Its work is pivotal to the certification of UK military systems.
  • With a range of skill sets across all fields of structural and thermal analysis, you will have extensive opportunity to develop in various technical fields.
    What are we looking for?

  • Ideally degree qualified in a subject relevant to the role or demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • Good problem solving skills coupled with a sound fundamental knowledge of structural analysis using Finite Element methods, etc.
  • Experience applying numerical based tools (e.g. Hypermesh, OptiStruct, Radioss, LS-Dyna, Mathcad, Nastran, Patran, Adams, ABAQUS etc.) to investigate and analyse problems.
  • Relevant experience in an equivalent or comparable industry would be advantageous.
  • Experience leading and managing small teams and the delivery of projects would be advantageous.
  • Individuals that are determined self-motivated and can demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.
What would you get?
  • Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, an employee funded voluntary private healthcare scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.
Please note that in order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible for SC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance without restrictions
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MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees working across France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States. It has three major aeronautical and defence shareholders - Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%) - and is the first truly integrated European defence company. In 2013, the Group recorded a turnover of 2.8 billion euros, produced about 3,000 missiles and added 4 billion euros of new orders to the order book which now stands at 10.8 billion euros. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.

MBDA was created in December 2001, after the merger of the main missile producers in France, Italy and the UK. Each of these companies contributed the experience gained from fifty years of technological and operational success. The restructuring of the industry in Europe was completed with the acquisition of the German subsidiary EADS/LFK in March 2006. This further enriched MBDA’s range of technologies and products, consolidating the Group’s world-leading position in the industry.

MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems to meet the whole range of current and future operational requirements for the three armed forces (army, navy, air force). Overall, the Group offers a range of 45 products in service and another 15 in development.

The Group has demonstrated its ability to bring together the best skills across the whole of Europe and as a result has been chosen to lead a series of strategic multi-national programmes. These include the six-nation Meteor air superiority weapon, the Franco-British conventionally armed cruise missile, Storm Shadow/SCALP, and a family of air defence systems based on the Aster missile for France and Italy (for ground and naval based air defence) and for the UK (naval air defence for the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers).

The mastery of cutting-edge technologies is not only an advantage for MBDA in successfully developing and producing new products. It is also a means of guaranteeing customers that innovations can be made to existing products during their life span in order to meet constantly changing specifications arising from increasingly complex engagement scenarios. It is precisely this combination which makes MBDA the defence sector partner of choice in many countries around the world.

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