Electro Optic Counter Measure engineer

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
18 Oct 2020

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The Opportunity

An opportunity has arisen to be part of a small, agile, team performing interesting and varied research into EO/IR sensors and seekers to directly support Air Platform Protection system studies for UK MoD, as well as technology development for MBDA products, both current and future.
The varied research requires team members to be adaptable to a range of techniques used to support paper studies, laboratory testing and field trials.

What are we looking for?

  • Knowledge of optical theory (not necessarily to degree level)
  • Proven analytical and problem solving skills, ideally with experience in a laboratory environment
  • Experience with MATLAB preferable (training can be provided)
  • Ideally a good understanding of basic electronic circuit design (analogue and/or digital)
  • Inquisitive approach to analysis and drive to improve understanding of system behaviours
  • Ideally good mechanical skills for the assembly/disassembly of laboratory equipment
  • Track record as an effective team player with strong interpersonal skills
What’s in it for you?
  • This is a great opportunity to be involved in research projects from the point of conception to the point of delivery
  • You will be contributing to research that will shape the future of MBDA EO/IR products
  • The role allows for growth in responsibility, to enable ownership of specific work packages and their delivery
  • The EOCM team requires a diverse set of skills and so, through the Learning and Development team, there is the opportunity to broaden your skill base
  • Be involved in a unique area of research that are not undertaken anywhere else in industry
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
  • Laboratory/field trial planning and testing – defining testing approaches, specifying tests then evaluating and making recommendations based on the results  
  • Operation of EOCM Group laboratory Hardware In The Loop (HWIL) facilities
  • Undertaking modelling studies on Electro-Optic systems or sub-systems
  • Liaison with internal and external customers
  • Preparation of Technical Reports and presentations of activities
  • Task hold EOCM activities within the group, as required, delivering to time and budget
What’s great about the team?
  • The EOCM team is a small close knit group of employees, who have a passion for understanding EO/IR systems and the importance of their system performance
  • It’s a team of people who take pride in their work, and pull together to solve problems that arise during projects
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 welcome 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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