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Platform Integration Certification & Validation Lead

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25 Nov 2020

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The Opportunity
An opportunity has arisen for a Platform Integration Certification & Validation Lead, supporting the Chief Platform Integrator with the oversight & delivery of Certification & compliance activities in supporting the clearing of systems onto the Wildcat platform.
What are we looking for?
This role would suit someone with previous experience of System Engineering, Systems Integration, Certification and Validation activities.
  • Preference is for someone with Certification Experience within MBDA or in the Defence industry.
  • Someone with a ‘can do attitude’ who proactively identifies issues and engages with stakeholders at peer and at senior level.
  • Someone who can juggle multiple workloads and priorities to deliver high quality output on time.
  • Someone who can manage own output and that of the Certification and validation team, in support of the objectives of the wider integration team.
  • The candidate must be able to communicate with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders and will gain experience of the end-user/customer environment.
Specific Knowledge and Experience
  • Knowledge of the defence regulatory framework such as Defence Standard (DEF-STAN 59-411, 59-114, DEF-STAN 00-970).
  • Knowledge of Product life cycle.
  • Knowledge of Weapon Systems, Munitions, aircraft avionics and 1760/1553 protocol.
  • Knowledge of MBDA Business Management Process (BMS) for Verification, Validation and certification BMS would be desirable.
  • Experience of using Dynamic Object Oriented Requirements (DOOR) would be desirable.
What’s in it for you?
  • You will be steering a focused team to deliver the certification and validation activities for a weapons integration programme, working closely with specialists both within MBDA and the platform design organisations.
  • This is an opportunity for someone with good knowledge of aircraft systems or weapon systems integration to utilise this within MBDA whilst increasing their knowledge and experience across a broad range of disciplines.
  • The roles will have both office based and field based elements.
  • The roles will involve travel within the UK and potentially overseas.
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
  • Design Certification and Release to Service activities including but not limited to;
    • Management of Wildcat Weapon System Design Proving Plan,
    • Generation of Wildcat Design Verification Plan,
    • Generation of Wildcat Compliance Matrix.
  • Co-ordinating a range of subject matter experts both within MBDA and externally to address and resolve Certification and validation related issues.
  • Represent the Platform Integration Team at the Design Monthly Review (DMR) with the design community.
  • Deputise for the CPI as when needed in attendance of meetings, generation of documentation etc.
  • People Management – Management of two staff including development, progression and reporting responsibilities.
  • Work Package Management - Management of the Wildcat Certification & any other assigned Work Packages to define the requirement, identify the resource and manage delivery of the work package. This will include monthly reporting of the work package to project seniors.
  • Be responsible for own development and growth utilising range of available training and developmental opportunities to ensure delivery of high quality output.
What’s great about the team?
  • Technically leading the integration of a complex MBDA air-launched weapon system onto one or more fixed wing platforms, working within the engineering team for the Chief Platform Integrator. The role also requires working with the platform design organisations and customer community to support delivery of military capability to the end user.
  • Responsible for delivering the technical integration solution with the platform design authority.
  • Co-ordinating a range of subject matter experts both within MBDA and externally.
  • Planning and delivering the Engineering activities associated with the integration of weapons onto platforms.
  • Supporting Design Certification and release to service of the integrated system. Production of Design Verification Plans and Certificates of Design.
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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