Thermal Engineer

  • Location Stevenage
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8246S
  • Closing date 5th Dec 2020

Are you passionate about the defence world and advanced technology?

Would you like to develop your skills in a highly challenging environment? If so…
The Opportunity

Do you have the drive and aptitude to juggle and deliver your expertise across multiple projects? The creativity and personality to work with others to derive holistic solutions to technically challenging problems? At MBDA, there is the opportunity for you to work on a variety of projects that will stretch your skills and imagination as a Thermal Engineer. Working for an internationally recognised company, delivering leading edge military systems, you will play a critical role in ensuring that MBDA’s products deliver the necessary performance against key customer requirements.

What are we looking for?

  • Ideally Degree/Doctorate qualified in a subject relevant to the role or demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • Good problem solving skills coupled with a sound fundamental knowledge of heat transfer analysis using Finite Element methods.
  • Experience applying numerical based tools (e.g. ANSYS, 6SigmaET, ICEPAK, FLOTHERM) to investigate and analyse heat conductance problems.
  • Determined individuals that are self-motivated and can demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrable experience leading and managing small teams in the delivery of projects.
  • Relevant experience in an equivalent or comparable industry.
  • Knowledge and experience of methods for managing the thermal performance of mechanical and electronic systems.
  • Past experience writing/reviewing formal documents/deliverables on projects.
  • Previous experience identifying and delivering capability and technical improvements.

What’s in it for you?
  • Fulfilling work that will stretch and grow your technical knowledge and competencies.
  • Working for a company that places a strong emphasis on looking after the welfare and development of its staff.
  • Various opportunities to help you develop your skills and knowledge through both structured and ‘on the job’ training.
  • A choice of career paths allowing you to develop as either a Technical Expert, Technical Lead or Line Manager.
  • Extensive opportunities to develop and build your networks and reputation across MBDA.
  • Opportunity to shape the development of MBDA UK’s thermal analysis capabilities.

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

Investigating the thermal performance of whole missile systems and mechanical and electronic sub-systems, by:
  • Drawing on your understanding of heat conductance, convection and radiation;
  • Participating and managing others to carry out hand calculations and apply numerical based tools (e.g. ANSYS, 6SigmaET, ICEPAK, FLOTHERM);
  • Deriving evidence on which to base thermal performance decisions and evidence in preparation for full-scale flight and environmental trials;
  • Proposing and analysing standard and novel approaches for mitigating the thermal impact on electronic and mechanical systems;
  • Managing and delivering your own small-scale experimental studies as well as guiding trials teams to deliver test requirements that you have generated.
  • Working on projects spanning the whole product lifecycle, from concept through to in-service.
  • Acting as the main point of contact with internal and external customers, stakeholders and suppliers on assigned projects.
  • Delivering verbal and written reports to ratify design and equipment thermal performance decisions.
  • Managing the delivery of work through individuals and teams that you may directly manage.
  • Building MBDA UK’s future thermal capabilities and technical competence to deliver thermal investigations, by:
  • Generating/working on ideas supported by internally funded research;
  • Disseminating your skills and knowledge across the stakeholder community.

What’s great about the team?
  • Highly motivated with a strong desire to improve its effectiveness and influence across MBDA.
  • A supportive environment where people feel valued and are encouraged to achieve their full potential.
  • Opportunity to work on a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Delivers high priority work that is pivotal to thermally clearing MBDA UK’s military systems.

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.

If you think you'd be perfect for this role, we'd love to hear from you‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎


MBDA is the only company capable of designing and producing missile systems to meet the current and future needs of the armed forces over land, sea and air. Through our expertise, we have become a trusted partner to the Ministry of Defence and work closely with the military to ensure that they have the capability they need, in order to protect our freedoms.


We share a unique responsibility that brings purpose to everything we do.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides better, smarter and more effective defence capabilities to our home nations and their allies. Whether you are Lead Engineer or Business Support Officer, your work is vital in ensuring that our armed forces have the equipment they need, when they need it.
" At MBDA you always have to bear in mind that we are all a part of a very important process that defends our freedoms. "

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With over 60 years combined experience through our predecessor companies and over 10,000 employees across Europe and the USA, we are trusted suppliers of missile and missile systems to the defence sector.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides smarter and more effective equipment for the armed forces over land, sea and air.


We value difference.

Our work has a far-reaching impact, and we all make a difference every day. Our values-led culture welcomes a diversity of skills, experience and perspectives, where everyone has the opportunity contribute, grow and succeed.

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