Equipment Design Authority

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Closing date
22 Nov 2019

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What’s the opportunity?

An opportunity has arisen to work within the dynamic multi-disciplinary Missile Actuators Centre of Excellence, developing and delivering actuation systems into each MBDA nation. These system critical products can range from the simple to the highly complex and include the following:
  • Fin actuation systems
  • Gimbals systems
  • Reaction control systems, for example thrust vector control (TVC) systems, Divert Attitude and Control Systems (DACS)
  • Control surface deployment mechanisms
What will you be doing?

The successful candidate will be accountable, as design authority, for leading a multi-disciplined engineering team to deliver a Control Actuation System (CAS) into UK & non-UK programmes. The role has responsibility across the MBDA Product Life Cycle (PLC) for delivery on cost, time and quality, which includes:
  • Equipment design definition and justification,
  • Equipment system verification and certification,
  • Development and manufacture of a test capability,
  • Manufacture and delivery of development hardware,
  • Development and validation of the series production manufacturing system.
This role suits an individual who is interested in both project and technical management of a design team, requiring the production and updating of costed engineering plans and working with the missile design authority to ensure customer needs are met.  In addition to your primary role in expediting a programme of work you’ll be supporting the Group's technology plans and re-use strategies to ensure that the product is aligned with future business needs.
What are the benefits for you?
  • Leading a multi-disciplinary team on a major development programme.
  • Experience working with other MBDA Natco’s and delivering into UK & non-UK programmes.
  • Develop skills in technical and project management delivering high performance hardware.
  • Experience the full design life cycle up to series production in a short time frame; concept design, detailed design, design proving and qualification.
  • Develop knowledge and experience in Design Assurance and Verification in accordance with MBDA process.
  • Develop knowledge and experience in transitioning from Design into Series Production.
  • Increase experience in working across multiple engineering disciplines and departments.
  • Interaction with external suppliers, both current and potential new suppliers.
  • Travel and develop language skills on multi-national programmes.
  • Potential future opportunities to research and introduce new technology.
What’s great about joining this team?
  • The Missile Actuators Centre of Excellence is a dynamic multi-disciplinary team contributing all the skills and knowhow to fully develop, test, prove & validate world class actuation systems.
  • As a team growing to deliver into all MBDA Natco’s there is a multi-national dimension to the team and work, giving a global awareness of MBDA’s product portfolio.
  • As one of the few groups with full responsibility for the design and delivery of equipment, the contribution to programmes and the business is clear.
Who and what we are looking for from you?
  • Experience across all aspects of a single engineering area/domain and an appreciation of other areas.
  • Broad technical understanding that provides sufficient appreciation of mechanical, electronics and software technologies.
  • Good working experiences in more than one phase of the engineering life cycle, with sufficient experience of the total life cycle to ensure a good understanding of adjacent phases and through-life engineering issues
  • Commercial and financial awareness; able to manage budgets.
  • Experience of system qualification and certification.
  • Well-developed leadership style with the ability to manage and motivate a varied team.
  • Excellent communication skills required to foster positive working relationships throughout the wider organisation.
  • Able to deal with multiple issues, tasks and priorities concurrently
  • Awareness and understanding of business strategies, such as; Centre of Excellences, Portfolio Management, Modularity and Reuse, Design to Cost.
  • Good understanding of other parts of the business
  • French/Italian language skills are an advantage.
What you will get
  • Competitive salaries, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, an employee funded voluntary private healthcare scheme, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.
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).
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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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