Thermal Engineer/Analyst

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7 Nov 2019

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver For A More Secure Tomorrow

The Opportunity

Do you have the drive and aptitude to juggle and deliver your expertise across multiple projects? The creativity and personality to work with others to derive holistic solutions to technically challenging problems? At MBDA, there is the opportunity for you to work on a variety of projects that will stretch your skills and imagination as a Thermal Engineer. Working for an internationally recognised company, delivering leading edge military systems, you will play a critical role in ensuring that MBDA’s products deliver the necessary performance against key customer requirements.
What are we looking for?
  • Degree/Doctorate qualified in a subject relevant to the role or demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • Good problem solving skills coupled with a sound fundamental knowledge of heat transfer analysis using Finite Element methods.
  • Experience applying numerical based tools (e.g. ANSYS, 6SigmaET, ICEPAK, FLOTHERM) to investigate and analyse heat conductance problems.
  • Determined individuals that are self-motivated and can demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.
Desirable/Essential for candidates able to demonstrate a greater level of experience:
  • Experience leading and managing small teams in the delivery of projects.
  • Relevant experience in an equivalent or comparable industry.
  • Knowledge and experience of methods for managing the thermal performance of mechanical and electronic systems.
  • Past experience writing/reviewing formal documents/deliverables on projects.
  • Previous experience identifying and delivering capability and technical improvements.
What’s in it for you?
  • Fulfilling work that will stretch and grow your technical knowledge and competencies.
  • Working for a company that places a strong emphasis on looking after the welfare and development of its staff.
  • Various opportunities to help you develop your skills and knowledge through both structured and ‘on the job’ training.
  • A choice of career paths allowing you to develop as either a Technical Expert, Technical Lead or Line Manager.
  • Extensive opportunities to develop and build your networks and reputation across MBDA.
  • Opportunity to shape the development of MBDA UK’s thermal analysis capabilities.
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
Investigating the thermal performance of whole missile systems and mechanical and electronic sub-systems, by:
  • Drawing on your understanding of heat conductance, convection and radiation;
  • Participating and managing others to carry out hand calculations and apply numerical based tools (e.g. ANSYS, 6SigmaET, ICEPAK, FLOTHERM);
  • Deriving evidence on which to base thermal performance decisions and evidence in preparation for full-scale flight and environmental trials;
  • Proposing and analysing standard and novel approaches for mitigating the thermal impact on electronic and mechanical systems;
  • Managing and delivering your own small-scale experimental studies as well as guiding trials teams to deliver test requirements that you have generated.
  • Working on projects spanning the whole product lifecycle, from concept through to in-service.
  • Acting as the main point of contact with internal and external customers, stakeholders and suppliers on assigned projects.
  • Delivering verbal and written reports to ratify design and equipment thermal performance decisions.
  • Managing the delivery of work through individuals and teams that you may directly manage.
Building MBDA UK’s future thermal capabilities and technical competence to deliver thermal investigations, by:
  • Generating/working on ideas supported by internally funded research;
  • Disseminating your skills and knowledge across the stakeholder community.
What’s great about the team?
  • Highly motivated with a strong desire to improve its effectiveness and influence across MBDA.
  • A supportive environment where people feel valued and are encouraged to achieve their full potential.
  • Opportunity to work on a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Delivers high priority work that is pivotal to thermally clearing MBDA UK’s military systems. 
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).
We encourage applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.  MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation.
MBDA is committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.
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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