Guidance, Control and Navigation (GCN) Engineer

Employer
MBDA
Location
Bristol
Salary
Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
24 Oct 2020

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Discipline
Project Engineering
Sector
Defence
Job Type
Engineer
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What’s the opportunity?

There is an opportunity for an experienced Guidance, Control and Navigation Engineer to join a dynamic team working on fast-moving and challenging projects. The team are responsible for algorithm development and proving across a range of Defence projects, particularly focusing on:
  • Autopilots and control systems
  • Mid-Course guidance
  • Terminal and Homing Guidance
  • Propulsion control
  • Integrated Navigation
  • Data fusion
  • Command and Control
  • Mission Planning algorithms 
Algorithms are developed at many stages of the lifecycle of the product including:
  • Research studies, both externally and internally funded
  • Algorithms to support initial missile feasibility and concept studies
  • Algorithms in support of assessment and development programmes
  • GCN Engineers are involved in all stages of the lifecycle and play a central role in our product development.  
What will you be doing?
  • You will be responsible for the development of specific algorithms or studies to support a key programme within MBDA
  • Responsibilities can include concept studies, algorithm design and trade-off studies, trials preparation, trials analysis and reporting, architecture definition, algorithm and model validation
  • You will be autonomous and will be able to act as a point of contact for GCN’s interactions with the other project teams e.g. Simulation and Modelling, Software, Navigation Sensors, Hardware-in-the Loop, Systems Design & Validation and Technical Quality
  • You will perform technical analyses and investigations into a full range of issues and problems along with preparing and developing solutions either individually or as a member of a project team
  • You will engage with the algorithm users, understand and respond to their needs and ensure that the algorithms are fit for their intended use
 
What are the benefits for you?
  • You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the design and functionality of MBDA’s complex weapon systems through your model development work. You will understand how GCN supports our weapon system products and gain insight into a number of related disciplines with whom we have a high level of interactions (e.g. Simulation and Modelling, Software, Hardware-in-the Loop, Systems Design & Validation, Seekers & Sensors, Technical Quality).
  • You will play a key role in the development of our complex weapon systems and have the opportunity to work within one of the international functions in MBDA.
 
What’s great about joining this team?
  • GCN Teams have a central role in the concept definition and development of our products,  working across all MBDA UK products, giving depth of experience and opportunity to all team members
  • You will be joining a hard-working team with a successful track record in achieving project milestones on time and on budget.
  • Frequent exposure to high-profile, fast-paced projects
 
What are we looking for from you?
  • An appropriate good Degree or Masters with a strong mathematical content e.g. Aerospace Engineering, Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics
  • Relevant experience of applicable algorithms i.e. Guidance, Control, Data Fusion, Navigation, Image Processing.
  • Ideally knowledge and experience of some of the following:
    • flight dynamics and aerodynamics
    • sensors (e.g. IMUs, GPS, RF and IR seekers)
    • actuation systems in relation to autopilot design and servo control.
  • Ideally knowledge and experience of the following:
    • The MathWorks products – specifically Simulink, Embedded MATLAB and Stateflow
    • C, FORTRAN and Ada
In addition, you will:
  • be driven and be capable of working on your own initiative with a minimum of supervision, as well as within an algorithm development team working transversally with other functions
  • have the ability to visualise and analyse complex systems
  • have practical knowledge of basic systems engineering principles and processes
  • be able to work with engineering teams, including in-house and contractor personnel
  • have good understanding of, and good working experience in all phases of the engineering life cycle
We would welcome interest from many industries including: avionics and aerospace, computer vision, robotics, autonomous systems within the mobile phone industry and within the GNSS 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) and superb learning and development opportunities.
  
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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