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Weapon System Lead: Future Battlefield Capability

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22 Nov 2020

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The Opportunity

An opportunity has arisen to lead the weapon systems work on a new product, supporting the British Army in developing its indirect fires capability - working as part of the Future Battlefield Capability team.
What are we looking for?
  • Good communication skills with a flexible approach, you will be able to demonstrate your ability to inspire a team.
  • A Technical background ideally with an understanding across weapon system designs, related systems, platforms and sub-systems.
  • Ability to think laterally and with initiative to develop new ideas, architectures and concepts.
  • A positive attitude towards problem solving and developing solutions.
  • Adaptability to changing needs and flexibility to ensure programme can be redefined and achieved.
  • You will be able to demonstrate your interpersonal skills as this is a customer facing role - experience of the British Army is useful.
What’s in it for you?
  • This is a dynamic role with lots of exposure to our customers and interaction across the business
  • Opportunity to manage and support a small team
  • Develop a broad skill base, across technology and systems engineering
  • Help to shape the future opportunities for MBDA
What would you get?

*Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *paid overtime (subject to level) *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.
The Role
  • Weapon System level system development activities within Future Battlefield Capability team
  • Ownership of the concept Weapon System Architecture and its development.
  • Performing analysis of weapon system functions, behaviours, system architecture and concept design
  • Head up the analysis of the wider battlespace integration topics and system-of-systems assessment to ensure concept is suitable for British Army operations.
  • Support and work with the CW Portfolio Team and MBDA functional areas to ensure a credible roadmap is presented.
  • Supporting engagement with the British Army and wider MOD to understand, define and develop their future needs
  • Identifying technologies for future weapons and conducting systems assessment to determine their feasibility for the proposed future products.
What’s great about the team?
  • This is a growing team shaping the way MBDA works in collaboration with the British Army in the future
  • Frequent exposure to high-profile, fast-paced projects
  • Have ready access to in-house experts to supplement and share knowledge and develop yourself
MBDA is an award winning company; 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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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.

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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