IS Systems Analyst and Solution Engineer

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
5 Sep 2019

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The Opportunity
MBDA are looking for an experienced Information Systems Analyst and Technical Solution Lead to be the core of a Centre of Competence for the flagship “MatriX ALM” solution for Engineering. The MatriX toolset provides a common Engineering working environment, which enables improved access to information and collaboration across functional and national boundaries - as well as supporting our model based design approach. ALM is one part of that toolset. MatriX is live in the main MBDA National Companies: France, Italy and the UK with parts of ALM also in Germany.
The Role
  • The role is based around the Collaborative Lifecycle Management tools in the Jazz Team Services framework from IBM including: Rational Team Concert (RTC); Doors Next Generation (DNG); Rational Quality Manager (RQM).
  • Acting as the group-wide design authority, the role will be responsible for the technical design, configuration standards and installation standards of all ALM instances of the MatriX Hubs and segregated network installations across the international group.
  • A key responsibility is planning with the business teams the future roadmap for the tools including further integration into MatriX ALM of other IBM components including Rhapsody; continued development of the connection to the MatriX Space; and wider integration with the MatriX Product Lifecycle Management tool. The role will be instrumental in the elicitation of requirements distinguishing Strategic needs vs. Operational needs vs. Aspirations and then the specification, installation of sandbox/proof of concept environments to enable proving and validation of the technical, functional and operational solutions.
  • You will assist with the creation of the ALM Centre of Competence (CoC) setting up true international working for consultation, upgrades, 2nd & 3rd  line support, looking to exploit new possibilities that the International WAN and security allows and working closely with the business capability teams. This role will be responsible for the Information Management function’s relationship with IBM and IBM partners with which we work.
  • You will be responsible for specification of all the technical needs for the solution working with the integration and implementation teams in each MBDA national company. This includes maintaining a reference baseline standard in the UK for all other instances and for proposing and implementing improvements on the tools and processes.
What’s in it for you?
  • You will influence managers and other stakeholders across the international company.
  • You will be able to demonstrate that the tool set can be expanded and integrated to cover all the needs, whilst prompting the message that simple solutions are often more successful than complex ones.
  • You have the opportunity to prompt further integration with the group teams through the creation of the group ALM CoC, thinking globally whilst respecting local conditions especially where new business units become connected to the solution.
  • You will travel to one or more of the MBDA location including France, Italy, Germany to work with the Matrix Group team
  • Training can be provided to increase your knowledge in the tool set.
What’s great about the team?
The MatriX toolset provides a common Engineering working environment, which enables improved access to information and collaboration across functional and national boundaries - as well as supporting our model based design approach. You will be joining at the beginning of a new phase after the initial deployments as we plan the full exploitation of the solution and the future roadmap.  The current teams within Information Systems and engineering capability have a diverse range of skills which provides an excellent platform for coloration and knowledge transfer.
What are we looking for?
  • Strong technical capability and the ability to define/analyse technical solutions. Experienced in installation and configuration of packages such as, IBM JTS/RTC with WebSphere in a virtual machine Windows server and desktop “high security” environment. Experienced in use of SQL, Active Directory. Aware of competing technologies such as UNIX that may be alternatives to Microsoft
  • You will need to be experienced working with international teams and have the ability to prompt further integration with the group teams, thinking globally and acting locally, to develop and coordinate the international team.
  • You will need to demonstrate your ability and wiliness to follow internal and external standards which apply, including business and Information Management defined practice; security requirements and recommendation; and industry good practice
  • You must have the ability to technically manage internal and sub-contract activities as well as, when required, to undertake the task directly
  • Good presentation and influencing skills are essential with a determination and desire to succeed in order to influence managers and other stakeholders across the company.
  • The MBDA international business language is English but the ability to speak another language is useful, especially French.
What would you get?
  • Competitive salary, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, 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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