Senior Configuration Engineer

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
1 Oct 2020

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The Opportunity
The Configuration Management group sits within the Operations directorate of the business, working closely with Mechanical/Electronic design functions as well as business project teams to manage and control product data for all company deliverables. Close relationships are essential with Quality, Manufacturing and Procurement to ensure all product definitions fulfil both our own and our customer’s requirements.
At present, we have a unique opportunity for an experienced Configuration Engineer to support our activities across a full breadth of business products. The fresh and exciting CM Group is searching for a highly motivated engineer who is able to work as part of a team to ensure we are able to meet of Configuration Management objectives in support of business deliverables.
What are we looking for?
  • Ideally a background in Configuration Control or Technical Data Management and/or HND/HNC in an engineering discipline.
  • Evidential experience in interpreting technical data and Bills of Materials for large and complex assemblies.
  • You should have an eye for detail and able to apply that with integrity and respect to engineering data, drawings and CAD models.
  • You will possess excellent communication skills and be aware of cultural differences, with an ability to build and maintain cross-business relationships
  • You will have a willing, supportive and helpful attitude along with a calm professional manner, with the ability to set priorities and deal with multiple issues with multiple stakeholders.
  • Ideally you will have experience of PTC Windchill as a Product Lifecycle Management tool.
What’s in it for you?
  • You will be working on challenging Projects across the whole of the product lifecycle and to support you, you will receive structured skills development and training in the aspects of Configuration Control as employed by MBDA (UK).
  • The opportunity to bring new ideas and help evolve MBDA’s configuration management policy and processes for the future.
  • The role provides great opportunities for personal development including a route to Professional Accreditation in the area of Configuration Management.
  • You will have the potential to work on multi-national projects with the associated prospects of  international travel
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
  • Creation of initial Product Structure definition under guidance of Team Leader.
  • Expression and implementation of Engineering Changes into the Product Structure based on Design input.
  • Maintenance and management of Product Definitions in accordance with Project requirements.
  • Understanding and implementing MBDA Change process methodologies and controls to ensure integrity is applied across the product lifecycle.
  • Prepare project CM Plan and Sub Contractor CM Requirements Plan and Project specific reports with limited referral and assistance from the Team Lead
  • Co-ordination of major Configuration meetings (eg CMC, LTC, CCB), the relevant supporting documentation, including liaison with customer representatives, the meeting chairperson and design and manufacturing representatives.
  • Provide technical secretarial duties, preparation, and issue of minutes and agendas for CM related meetings.
  • Manage the design definition of projects or major parts of a project using both manual and automated CM systems.
  • Create and control configuration status accounting data to meet contractual and company requirements.
  • Support internal and external configuration audits
  • Support to the management of project task packages including the progress/performance against process KPIs.
  • Technical liaison with project, development and manufacturing teams, including sub-contractors mentoring Product Data Management best practice and associated Company processes.
What’s great about the team?
  • You will be joining a fresh, dynamic and focussed core business function responsible for Configuration Management across all MBDA UK products and services.
  • You and your team will support a number of new and complex business products that underpin the future success of the business.
  • As a group we work closely with the tool capability team to help ensure our CM tools support our processes. On-going development of our tools along with a culture to continuously improvement our methods and processes mean that we never stand still.
  • The group are committed to delivering to a high standard; they go the extra distance in periods of high demand.
  • Team members have different roles, every role comes together to achieve a common goal.
  • They take responsibility to move things on, have an eye for the details and take time to understand and enforce the process.
  • They get to know each other beyond a professional level, making effort through team building and social events.
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.

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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