Group Lead, Tactical Strike - (HWIL)

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
16 Nov 2019

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The Opportunity

An opportunity has arisen to become the technical lead for Tactical Strike Missile projects (Brimstone and SPEAR3) within the complex and unique Hardware in the Loop (HWIL) missile test facility. Not only does the role provide the opportunity to get hands on with missile sub-systems but you will also have the chance to develop technical, project and people management skills within the growing multi-skilled HWIL team. Support to generate a development plan for any successful candidate who is not promoted upon taking the role will be provided to enable promotion at an appropriate time.
The Role

As a HWIL Technical Lead you will have the opportunity to manage, design, develop, use and maintain HWIL test capabilities across multiple projects. This will involve:
  • Understanding the current status of the capabilities and what they can offer projects
  • Interactions with project teams (generally at CSPE and CSE level)
  • Ensuring all capabilities are available to meet project needs in a timely manner
  • Hands on work to ensure all capabilities are kept up to date in line with latest HWIL and project developments
  • Supporting the continuous improvement of the HWIL facility to maintain a world leading capability
  • Showcasing the HWIL facility to a wide range of customers and stakeholders
What’s in it for you?
  • Opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of how our missiles work and how they are proven
  • Interesting and challenging work across a wide range of engineering and non-engineering disciplines
  • Working with high technology equipment in a world leading and unique test facility
  • Good mixture of technical work and project management
  • Potential for multi-national working
  • Exposure to a wide range of project and customer teams
What’s great about the team?
  • A growing multi-skilled team with a wide range of experience who are all willing to help and support your development
  • Pro-active and innovative approach to solving any problem that is presented to them
  • All working towards continually evolving the HWIL capability beyond what is available today
  • Constantly seeking to develop understanding of all aspects of the HWIL capability and beyond
What are we looking for?
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Be pro-active and be capable of working on their own initiative with minimum supervision
  • Able to work with varied engineering and non-engineering teams
  • Previous exposure to project management and what it entails
  • Resilience when issues arise and ensuring the best technical solution is identified and implemented where practical
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) and superb learning and development opportunities.
Please Note: 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).
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.
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.
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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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