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Head of Functional Development

Competitive Salary & Benefits
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22 Nov 2020

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The Opportunity

Opportunity to lead the delivery of the UK Networked Land Ceptor (NLC) system for the Command & Control and Ground Communication Subsystems.  The successful applicant will join a very significant programme for MBDA, which will deliver a new capability to UK armed forces, at a critical phased in its development.
What are we looking for?
  • Experience of working with software teams.
  • Ability to deliver under a complex programme with many stakeholders, and frequently changing priorities.
  • Effectively and timely decision making.
  • Excellent ‘can do’ attitude and pro-active behaviours.
  • A good appreciation of Systems Design core skills.
  • Strong people-management skills.
  • A flexible and adaptable approach.
  • Proven knowledge of company processes & tool sets.
What’s in it for you?

Through working on the programme in this role, the role holder can expect to develop further their people and technical management skills and experience, experience in Model Based Systems Engineering and Rhapsody, hardware/software development and qualification and working with the customer.  The role provides an excellent opportunity play an influential role in the delivery to the Customer of a key programme, and to develop the skills and experience required for a project Chief Engineer.
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
The role holder will manage the delivery of additional functionality for the UK Networked Land Ceptor product, for the Command and Control (C2) Subsystem, the Threat Evaluation and Weapon Assignment (TEWA) unit and the Ground Communication Subsystem (GCS).  These items comprise hardware and software and the role includes the overall system definition.  The role holder will manage the remaining functional development to completion, support the qualification of the weapon system into service, and support future export campaigns for the weapon system.
NLC is a highly innovative product and programme that required the implementation of a ‘rapid delivery’ culture, process and methodology.  The team will need to deliver the C2 subsystem, which is the heart of the weapon system; the GCS, which provides the communications network for the weapon system; and the TEWA unit that informs the higher-level planning as to NLC the capability available. 
What’s great about the team?

You will join an existing team that is in the final stages of development, qualification and delivery to the UK Customer, so there is the opportunity to help in achievement of programme deliverables that are very significant for MBDA and UK Defence.  NLC will provide a step-change in the air defence capability for UK land forces:You will work collaboratively with the team to play a key role in the realisation of this change.
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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