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Lead Simulation & modelling

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The opportunity

A vacancy has arisen for a Lead Simulation and Modelling Engineer in a fast-moving and challenging projects and become a key member of a dynamic team.
Simulation and Modelling is central to the design and development of MBDA’s products.  Mathematical Models are developed for many purposes and are used from concept to in-service. The Simulation and Modelling team is responsible for the development of models and software to support the following:
  • Investigate feasibility of new weapon systems, proving new concepts and design trade studies;
  • Development of real time models and models that support growth areas within the business.
  • Support algorithm and software development and its testing through Hardware in the Loop and trials programmes that verify and validate modelling; and,
  • Support performance assessment of contractual requirements that certify the weapon system design.
The Role:
  • As Lead engineer you will be responsible for delivery models and modelling tools or software to MBDA programmes.
  • You will be capable of adapting or creating solutions to complex technical problems to achieve the end goal with the right level of quality.
  • You will coach and guide your team members providing regular feedback to enhance overall team performance and knowledge transfer. 
  • This role will require stakeholder management to develop plans that coordinate activities and monitor progress.
  • Activities will also include budget responsibility, which will require monitoring and negotiation of priorities with project in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Also able to communicate with all levels effectively; challenge, negotiate and influence to achieve a desired outcome.
What’s great about the role?
  • You will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills in relation to Simulation and Modelling and steer team activities with a strong sense of autonomy.
  • Develop stakeholder management skills and build relationships with projects and within your team.
  • This role offers exposure to Simulation and Modelling deliveries to projects and a perspective on the way this is used by Performance Assessment, deliveries to Software and test facilities. (e.g. CIL, HWIL, COMPAT).
  • You will gain knowledge of both model and software development and the processes that assures quality of Simulation and Modelling deliveries.
  • Potential onward development growth through managerial or specialist paths
What’s great about the team
  • Our department has a strong focus on engineering skills, with engineers from different backgrounds and all experience levels, working together to achieve our goals.
  • You will be joining a vibrant, hard-working department with a strong and successful track record in achieving project milestones.
  • You will be working in a constantly changing environment and helping to take simulation and modelling forward.
  • Developing new and innovative ways of working to enhance existing products and develop new ones.
  • Simulation and Modelling has representation at UK sites and internationally.  There is opportunity for knowledge sharing with these other sites and potential for international mobility.
  • Simulation and modelling is a growing department with opportunities to work across a range of interesting projects. 
What are we looking for?
  • Ability to lead technical activities and quickly understanding complex technical problems.
  • Carryout or manage priorities and activities to deliver on time, cost and quality.
  • An aptitude for Simulation and Modelling activities would be beneficial
  • Must have a numerate background, such as, a good Degree or Masters in an Engineering, Mathematics or Science related subject.
  • Should have, or are prepared to gain, a good understanding of simulation environments (e.g. MATLAB and Simulink, or similar) and programming languages (e.g. FORTRAN, C/C++).
  • Understanding of change management and configuration control processes is considered an advantage (e.g. Rational Team Concert).
  • Ability to identify and solve complex problems and gather the information needed to drive through to ultimate solutions.
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement, coordination and planning would be an advantage.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to present complex information in a simple way.
  • Have an awareness of risk management, mitigation and reporting.
In addition you will:
  • be highly autonomous, proactive and be capable of working on your own initiative with a minimum of supervision;
  • be motivated to manage a small to medium sized project and carry out all aspects of task package management;
  • be motivated to man-manage your team and coordinate activities in a friendly and confident way (e.g. performance feedback and one to ones);
  • have skills to tailor approach to different individuals and foster collaboration with stakeholders;
  • be motivated to develop and shape high performing teams by influencing both inside and outside the department and empowering staff to go the extra mile;
  • identify team development areas and schedule work where possible to promote knowledge transfer;
  • capable of delivering existing contracts and negotiate scope of new business for Simulation and Modelling;
  • have good understanding of, or experience of, phases of the engineering life cycle; and,
  • review of teams work to ensure quality standards and integrity.
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.
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.


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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