Sparkworks Modeller and Analyst

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
9 Oct 2019

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The Opportunity

Sparkworks specialises in development of novel solutions, in particular in the domains of RF DEW, Laser and Stealth. Keen interest from across the customer community in all three domains makes this a really interesting and exciting time to join the growing Sparkworks team and be part of delivering innovative world leading solutions for the UK.
This opportunity is to be part of the Sparkworks Systems Team delivering a range of modelling and data analysis tasks, potentially including trial / experiment design and trial attendance.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking someone who enjoys model generation & data analysis and brings with them useful expertise in one or more of the following; statistics, machine learning, data analysis techniques, probability, physics, engineering or maths. Someone with a keen eye for detail and the following attributes:
  • Creativity, imagination & problem solving skills
  • Adaptability & willingness to deal with fluidity
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and often from a blank sheet of paper
  • Enjoys both working independently and drawing upon the skills from a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, backed by working knowledge of Office software
  • Candidates must either hold DV (Developed Vetting) clearance, or be willing to undertake the process once working at MBDA
  • A candidate who additionally possesses the following attributes would be particularly suited to the role:
  • Ideally holding a higher degree (e.g. Masters or PhD) in a physics or engineering discipline
  • An awareness of well-known computer simulation codes (such as Matlab, CST MWS)
What’s in it for you?
  • Interesting and exciting work, giving you the opportunity to be involved withsome truly innovative and world-class systems
  • The opportunity to lead a passionate team of engineers to deliver across a wide range of subject areas
  • Work on projects varying from a few weeks duration to several years with potential for exposure to high-profile, fast-paced projects
  • Opportunities to develop new skills through interaction with specialist areas within MBDA
  • Excellent training opportunities in a broad range of relevant subjects; achieved through formal training courses and/or on-the-job training
  • Opportunities to gain visibility for you and your work at the highest levels both inside and outside the company
  • Having a varied “day-job”
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), superb learning and development opportunities and more….
The Role
The role will be scoped to best match individual’s strengths, interests and aspirations; with a focus on modelling and data analysis. The role can include:
  • Analysis of complex data sets
  • Matlab tool generation
  • Machine learning
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Performance modelling
  • Experiment planning & trial attendance
  • Undertaking this role you would be joining a dynamic, diverse, passionate team responsible for the development of our future business & world leading technologies.
  • Working with skilled, supportive and motivated colleagues, with a drive to deliver future technologies and a desire to see them benefit defence
  • Ready-access to in-house expertise to supplement knowledge
  • Opportunity to attend international conferences
  • Working along side technology teams bringing to life, testing and delivering cutting edge new systems in the on site laboratory or off site manufacturing facilities
  • Contribute to wider activities, supporting senior management with high-level VIP visits and demonstrations
  • The chance to exploit innovative and novel techniques in the development of the company’s future portfolio.
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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