Missile Mechanical Architect

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
19 Sep 2019

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The Opportunity

Mechanical Architects are involved in all aspects of missile development, from the early concept studies to series production support within MBDA. Typically they will be establishing a physical configuration of the whole missile, or technically managing electro-mechanical subsystems within the missile or the equipment around it. It’s an excellent opportunity for someone wanting to build on their design experience and progress to a more senior technical role, such as Chief Design Engineer.

The Role

Architecture Development:
  • Capture and manage the missile mechanical architecture requirements to achieve the missile performance and cost
  • Ensure functional and mechanical requirementsare flown down to the sub-assemblies
  • Manage mechanical design studies and trade-offs, select concepts
  • Make technology readiness assessments to de-risk the development cycle
  • Ensure designs meet certain policies eg modularity
  • Sub-System/Equipment Management:
  • Produce & develop Statements of Work, Technical Specifications, Environmental Requirements, Interface specifications
  • Be the Requirement Authority for the sub-system / Equipment provider
  • Be the technical interface to the project team
  • Support integration activities of the sub system into the builds
  • Product Readiness:
  • Provide regular technical status to the project / CDE
  • Assess design complexity and maturity
  • Manage design reviews, concept and vendor selections
  • Support Phase Gate reviews
  • Build Management:
  • Manage prototype and development builds
  • Manage technical changes
  • Support ramp into production
  • Control product structures, build process & build standards
  • Verification:
  • Define, monitor and manage the functional and mechanical verification of the missile / sub-system
  • Define and manage the environmental verification plan
  • Produce justification evidence of performance, support certification of the design
  • Project Management:
  • Produce plans, define resource requirements to meet development objectives within budget
  • Identify risks and opportunities during the development phases
  • Manage & influencemultiple stakeholders from various functions, internal and external
  • Control any assigned budgets, manage personal workload and identify any further resource needs
What's in it for you?
  • Coming from a design background it’s an obvious career progression from a design role to Mechanical Architect, as it gives the opportunity to experience a broader view of the development process through interaction with Systems Designers, Chief Engineers and Suppliers. Longer-term, there are opportunities to become a Team Leader within the Chief Design Engineer (CDE) Project teams as an interim step to becoming a CDE.
What’s great about joining this team?
  • There are about 30 staff within the Mechanical Architecture UK Functional Team, who are all collocated with their Project Teams in Stevenage. You will be working for the Project CDE and interact with a broad range of other Functions within MBDA, but have a high degree of autonomy and represent the Project / Function in many meetings.
What are we looking for?
  • Ideally educated to degree level (or equivalent) with significant experience of mechanical engineering and stakeholder management
  • Ability to technically manage internal and sub-contract activities
  • Strong leadership skills, able to establish a clear engineering vision
  • Good knowledge and experience of mechanical & electro-mechanical design, including:
  • Static & Dynamic Analysis
  • Design for Environment, Design for Cost
  • Thermal Management
  • Good understanding of broader engineering disciplines, such as:
  • Aerodynamics
  • Materials
  • Vibration, Shock, Fatigue
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Six Sigma & Lean Design, Critical Parameter Management, Systems Engineering V-model, Test Design eg DoE
  • Experience developing proving logic and managing the generation of compliance evidence towards Certificates of Design
  • Experience across the full Product Life Cycle
  • Ability to influence senior managers and other stakeholders
  • Strong interpersonal and well developed communication skills (written & verbal)
  • Willingness to travel within UK and Europe when appropriate
  • MBDA UK require all employees to achieve and maintain SC security clearance or above without restrictions that will inhibit the individual’s ability to fulfil the requirements of the role. Your eligibility for the appropriate level of security clearance may be discussed with you during the recruitment process. Any existing clearance holders may be able to transfer clearance (subject to approval).
Are you a member of LinkedIn?  If so, you are invited to join our LinkedIn Group to view future MBDA UK opportunities and news.  LinkedIn Group name: Engineering UK (Defence)

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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