Systems Project Engineer - Lethality

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
23 Nov 2019

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The Opportunity

An opportunity for a self-motivated engineer to join the Complex Warheads Centre of Excellence team in Stevenage.  The role provides an excellent opportunity for an ambitious engineer to demonstrate their ability to manage a complex and important part of a major missile programme.
What are we looking for?

  • Substantial, demonstrable analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Good engineering judgment. This will involve understanding of the future implications of the results, and an appreciation of the issues associated with the overall weapon system performance.
  • A passion to achieve success
  • Good written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills supported by office IT software skills.
  • Application of appropriate personal behaviours including self-motivation, initiative, leadership, adaptability, planning and organisation.
  • Ability to travel in the UK and Europe on a regular basis.
  • Ideally degree qualified or equivalent in an engineering or scientific discipline with relevant working experience.Engineering experience in defence & aerospace products, particularly but not essentially missiles, weapon systems and defence equipment.
  • Experience of warheads/munitions, energetics or fuzing technology
  • Delivering subcontracted subsystems.
  • Understanding of project and budget management, and proven ability to work to tight timescales, within financial and technical constraints.
  • Experience of working with sub-contractors, suppliers and MoD customers.
  • An awareness of finite element modelling e.g. Ansys Autodyn
  • Matlab experience and mathematical modelling
What’s in it for you?
  • You will be responsible for the delivery of a subsystem for a major missile programme
  • Involved in the conduct of trials and subsequent analysis
  • You will need to provide leadership for a range of specialists within MBDA and further engineering specialists within the Customer community.
  • Opportunity to develop to Chief Engineer status
  • Opportunity to develop key skills in Warhead and Fuzing design
  • Opportunity to gain chartership status
  • Travel to European sub-contractors and other MBDA sites
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
  • Working as an integral part of the Project team to provide technical and programme management of the warhead or fuze subsystem
  • Act as the main interface with the Equipment Design Authority (DA).
  • Representing project interests in a series of qualification Performance and Environmental trials undertaken to demonstrate compliance with subsystem requirements.
  • Manage the Lethal Functional Chain design within the missile, ensuring that Probability of Kill (Pk) requirements are effectively partitioned between guidance, fuzing and the warhead.
  • Liaising with relevant national authorities and bodies (e.g. Defence Ordnance Safety Group - DOSG).
  • Developing and maintaining a high level of personal expertise of conventional warhead technology, energetic materials, fuzing technology, design standards and practices.
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.
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.
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 (D

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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