Systems Design Engineer (Verification & Validation)

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22 Nov 2020

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The opportunity  

The C2 Command & Control subsystem is the ‘heart and brains’ of the Sea Viper and Sea Ceptor air defence weapons systems, which are currently in service with the Royal Navy’s Type 23 and Type 45 surface ships. These highly complex systems control target analysis and acquisition, communication, and launch, and the C2 team at MBDA is responsible for the design, development, and on-going support and upgrades.
You’ll be joining a supportive, highly experienced, technical team as a Systems Design Engineer where you’ll be supporting the verification and validation activities for the Sea Viper upgrade programme.
What will you be doing?
  • Supporting the C2 Verification and Validation lead on defining the verification strategy for the C2 on the various outstanding projects.
  • Defining and producing the test specifications and success criteria for C2 subsystem verification evidence.
  • Supporting investigation into complex issues resulting from testing. Requires ability to analyse complex data to determine route cause of problems.
  • Communicating effectively with the C2 software team for the development and implementation of the test scenarios.
  • Developing and proposing innovative approaches and utilising the latest tools.
What are we looking for?
  • Previous experience of supporting or leading verification & validation activities in complex systems engineering programmes
  • A good understanding of systems engineering principles and the engineering V-Model
  • Typically, we would expect candidates to have an engineering or science related degree (or equivalent level of professional experience)
What else would be beneficial?
  • Previous experience in defence or a similar industry, or experience with similar technologies (e.g. control systems within the automotive industry or avionics)
  • Knowledge of supporting software development (you don’t have to be an expert as you’ll be working with dedicated software teams)
  • Hands-on experience with SysML, Rhapsody, and DOORS (but we’ll provide training where needed)
What’s in it for you?
  • The work undertaken at MBDA is cutting edge and new: you would be part of an innovative team creating new products that push the boundaries to achieve requirements
  • You would be working on flagship programmes that represent very significant investments by our customers, and the culmination of research investment by MBDA, to create real capability to be used to defend our armed forces.
  • The role provides the opportunity to develop the experience and skills for further career progression.  There are excellent training opportunities in a broad range of relevant subjects, achieved through formal training courses and on-the-job training.
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.
What’s great about the team?
  • You will be joining a project team responsible for the development of a key subsystem, within a new air-defence weapon system, that will meet the future capability needs of the UK Armed Forces.  The work undertaken by you and the team will contribute to real equipment in use for many years to come.
  • Challenges will arise frequently that will demand generation of new technical solutions and agreeing the way forward to maintain the project pace.
  • Have ready access to in-house experts to supplement knowledge and operate in a matrix organisation providing access to training and career development.
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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