Principal Operational Analyst

  • Location Stevenage
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8278SF
  • Closing date 22nd Jan 2021

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

An opportunity has arisen for you to join the Operational Analysis (OA) team to support activities for the Future Combat Air System, including Team Tempest. The role includes scoping, developing and contributing to wide range of studies and experimentation exercises. Emphasis is on how future MBDA products will be used and how they can contribute to operational capability for the customer in a cost-effective way. The successful candidate is likely to be an experienced problem solver with a broad understanding of the military operational environment.

The Role

Working with internal and external stakeholders to scope, plan and deliver a wide range of OA, experimentation and decision support studies.
Typical activities include:
  • Understanding and exploring user needs and requirements
  • Effectiveness studies (typically supporting design trade-offs, or comparisons of system options), cost-effectiveness studies and Force mix studies
  • Developing an outline concept of employment (CONEMP) and identifying effective tactics for future weapon systems
  • Building understanding of the Future Operating Environment including development of vignettes and scenarios
A wide range of tools and techniques are used including:
  • Qualitative / ‘soft’ analysis techniques
  • Wargames
  • Statistical analysis
  • Simulation and modelling using established in-house tools (developed by another team)
  • Ad hoc models developed in a spreadsheet, MATLAB or simulation package
  • Experimentation, including an air combat simulator

What’s in it for you?
  • Varied analytical work to support development of the Future Combat Air System.
  • Supporting the conceptual development of future weapon systems, primarily in the air domain.
  • Opportunity to interact with the Military User, Dstl and the wider customer community, as well as the technical community within the defence industry (both UK and International partners).
  • Exploiting your high level view and systems thinking to work at ‘system’, ‘system of system’ and ‘portfolio’ levels.
  • Potential to develop within the OA discipline:
    • Building on your problem solving skills by gaining experience with a wide range of analytical tools and techniques.
    • Developing your military domain knowledge.
    • Supporting functional capability development within MBDA.

What’s great about the team?
  • As part of the Operational Analysis team within Future Systems you will be working in a dynamic, forward looking and international environment, supporting studies for the MBDA’s systems of tomorrow
  • The team has a wide range of internal customers, which provides a high level view of the business and lots of variety in all domains: Air to Air, Air Defence, Surface Attack.Tasks are relatively short duration and we often have to respond at short notice.

What are we looking for?
  • Basic understanding of physical principles associated with weapon systems and missiles, and systems engineering processes
  • Broad understanding of the military operational environment
  • Awareness and practical experience of a range of OA techniques
  • Strong analytical skills and systems thinking; able to structure information, draw conclusions and make recommendations
  • Able to prepare clear concise reports and presentations
  • Able to deliver presentations and lead workshops, pitching information at the right level of detail
  • Proactive, able to seek out contacts, elicit information and suggest solutions
  • Able to manage small teams, work collaboratively as part of a team and liaise with others at all levels throughout the company, and build effective relationships with customers
  • Able to define and execute a ‘Concept of Analysis’ (approach / plan) that meets customer needs
  • Good interpersonal skills, able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, that may be dispersed and international in nature
  • Able to see and understand the ‘big picture’ and think about many things at once, as well as keeping track of the detail
  • Thrives in a working environment where there can be frequent change, uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Potential and willingness to develop within the OA Sector

What would you get?
  • Competitive salary, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level) and superb learning and development opportunities.

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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