Integration Engineer – RF/Microwave/IR System Hardware

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
4 Oct 2019

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The Opportunity

MBDA’s UK Seeker Division designs and develops state of the art RF and Dual Mode (RF and IR) seekers for use in guided missile programmes.  An opportunity exists for an engineer with broad based skills in electronic design to take a central role in the integration of sub-assemblies to form development standard seeker units.  The role requires an engineer with good technical skills, a high degree of enthusiasm and a determination to deliver products to the right standard within the required timescales.

The Role

Acting as a team member, you will carry out a full range of RF and IR Seeker integration and testing activities in accordance with all relevant processes, standards and requirements.
Typical activities will include:
  • Testing of seekers and sub-modules and overseeing their transition into series production, including development, qualification and production line proving.
  • Integration of seekers into test platforms for trails, including specifying interfaces and liaison with the test equipment department to generate test set ups.
  • Supporting offsite trials in conjunction with the trials team, including using and troubleshooting trials installations at the trials site.
  • Assisting with the production of trials documentation including product and trials safety analysis, test plans and operating procedures.
  • Producing and maintaining test documentation associated with seeker integration, including specifications, development test schedules and test result sheets.
  • Contributing to the industrialisation of seeker build and test, including liaison with the production facility
  • Contributing to “make/buy” decisions
  • Participating in design reviews
  • Providing support to Projects and to other Functions
  • Supporting new business opportunities
  • Carrying out technical investigations to provide data for problem assessment and design improvements and support development of solutions to technical issues
  • Interfacing with internal customers
  • Contributing to engineering team decisions
What’s in it for you?
  • This role offers an opportunity to be part of a successful team working to develop new and innovative seeker solutions to address complex customer requirements.
  • You will gain experience in RF/microwave seeker technologies and IR optical systems and be involved in various stages of seeker development, test and field trials.  As the role progresses, the need to ensure that the hardware can be produced in volume production will also need to be addressed.
  • The Seeker Division within MBDA is responsible for undertaking the systems design, performance evaluation, integration, design verification and certification of RF Seeker sub-systems and multi-mode seekers.
What’s great about the team?
  • The seeker hardware team provides the design solutions to systems requirements including the build and test of these designs from concept to full scale production systems. They also interface with internal and external customers and suppliers on technical issues.
  • The seeker hardware team have a proven track record in understanding and developing RF/microwave sub-systems to meet demanding customer needs and constantly develop new technologies aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our products.
What are we looking for?
Ideally degree qualified (or equivalent) with the following preffered skills and experience:-
  • Technical Skills and Experience
    • Knowledge and experience gained in radar or microwave design and development
    • Knowledge of high frequency RF and microwave electronic circuits
    • Knowledge analogue and digital electronic circuits
    • Ability to produce high quality written reports and presentations to internal and external customers
    • Familiarity with radar and control systems and digital signal processing an advantage
    • Ability to diagnose hardware problems using various methods; e.g. visual inspection, data analysis in both the design and production phases of a project
    • Experience of working with other teams including systems and manufacturing
  • Other Skills and Experience
    • Developed sense of commercial and financial awareness
    • Ability to mentor and encourage less experienced staff by sharing knowledge
    • Consistent ability to deliver required output within agreed timescales
    • Willingness to learn about projects, tools & methods
    • A persistence to get the job done
    • Ability to build good working relationships with team members and external departments, suppliers and customers, acting as a team leader when required
    • Familiarity with project control and reporting an advantage
    • Ability to manage small /medium value projects within RF/microwave design areas
What would you get?
  • Competitive salaries, 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: MBDA UK requires 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).
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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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