Technical Manager Maritime (Bristol)

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
16 Nov 2019

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Job Type
Engineering Manager
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The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Group Export Sector of Sales & Business Development for an experienced engineer. This role offers a unique opportunity for an individual to broaden their capabilities and knowledge in a dynamic and complex environment to define and deliver MBDA’s technical and winning solutions.

What are we looking?

  • We need you to have a high degree of self-motivation and drive, and the ability to work independent and as part of a team;
  • We want you to have excellent communication and presentation skills, and the ability to negotiate technical positions and to build relationships with clients;
  • You must be highly experienced in engineering solutions, their integration onto platforms and associated costs;
  • You must be flexible and be prepared to travel overseas – and work to timescales;
  • You must be capable of gaining the trust and respect of Projects in defining technical solutions for export.
  • You should ideally be Stevenage or Bristol based, and willing to spend considerable time in either.
What's in it for you?
  • Opens a much wider breadth of domain – across multiple directorates and projects;
  • Provides substantive, in-country exposure to export Customers – including how to develop and negotiate technical relationships with local Industry and Partners;
  • Offers you the opportunity to represent MBDA in a senior technical role;
  • Extends the opportunity for greater visibility across the Company organisation – and influencing the decision making process towards export demands;
  • Many opportunities for overseas travel - gaining inter and cross-cultural awareness.
The Role

The ongoing export opportunities on offer to the Sea Ceptor programme require TMO to deliver cost competitive, technical solutions for integration on a wide range of maritime platforms.  This demand on TMO will also increase as the Sea Venom programme matures and export opportunities develop.
The purpose of the role is to provide technical management and support within the Naval TMO organisation to define and deliver MBDA’s technical solutions, and help steer the Sea Ceptor and Sea Venom export product propositions across the multi-platform maritime domains.  The role has a Client focus to build and develop relationships with Armed Forces; cross-cutting to ensure best-match technical solutions to meet the range of Export Customer needs; planning and integration to service and deliver the TMO responsibilities across MBDA and different Executive entities; local management to ensure the breadth of export responsibilities are effectively implemented.
The role relies on close working relationship with the MBDA Sea Ceptor and Sea Venom project teams as well as the other stakeholders in the UK weapons programme, including DE&S and WECA.

What will you be doing?

  • Bringing together vital stakeholders within MBDA to support, define and deliver the technical element of the export solution;
  • Promoting MBDA capabilities to overseas clients;
  • Understanding the environment and meeting the needs of export Customers;
  • Being the technical interface with Shipyards and the Combat System Integrator;
  • Representing MBDA at trade exhibitions, events and demonstrations;
  • Providing technical advice to our business development teams.
What’s great about joining this team?
  • You will join a motivated, focussed and multi-disciplined team, where communication and the ethos to share information is key;
  • The export environment is engaging and fast-moving with each campaign creating a different set of technical challenges;
  • You will have financial responsibilities for managing tendering budgets – campaigns to demonstrators;
  • Being part of a successful export campaign helps strengthen confidence and job satisfaction – both team and self;
  • You have wide-ranging opportunities to engage with many levels of the organisation – including Military Advisers – UK and at Group level, and Project Heads
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…
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).
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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