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Data Link Systems Lead

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
22 Jan 2021
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The Opportunity

Lead the systems capability within the Missile Data Link Centre of Excellence. You will be working to deliver complex data link terminal solutions into missile systems and will be involved in a number of technically challenging UK and international programmes as part of a highly motivated team of skilled engineers.

What are we looking for?

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Ability to motivate yourself and others to achieve demanding and evolving tasks while maintaining a calm professional manner
  • Previous experience of team leadership
  • Working together as part of a multi-disciplinary team as well as with personnel from other European nations
  • You will have a good understanding of system design across the full lifecycle from requirements elicitation and management through to verification and validation
  • Some background in information security and implications for data links would be beneficial
What’s in it for you?
  • Varied work with a range of opportunities across multiple UK and international projects to support your development
  • You will be supported by a team with extensive experience of RF systems and subsystems and have access to testing facilities and design tools needed to supply state-of-the-art solutions
  • Development of RF and electronics expertise and the good opportunity to cultivate/improve your application of systems engineering
  • Opportunities to work with colleagues at other MBDA sites both in the UK and across Europe
  • Excellent training opportunities in a broad range of subjects, both through formal and/or 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.

The Role

  • The successful applicant will lead the systems capability to design, prove and certify the latest missile data link products for a variety of applications.
  • Your will be responsible for developing and delivering the systems capability to meet the current and future needs of the Centre of Excellence. This shall include people, process and tools.
  • The team management will combined both functional line management as well as the management of seconded resources from MBDA’s wider systems capability and Electronic Engineering’s Test & Evaluation capability.
  • You will help to define the future roadmaps for data link products within MBDA and be involved in cutting edge research and development programmes to mature the technology required to support this.
  • The System’s Lead is part of the Centre of Excellence core management roles.
What’s great about the team?
  • You’ll be joining a dynamic multi-disciplined co-located team focused on the development of technically complex products with a diverse set of customer projects across the MBDA group.
  • The team is committed to delivering in demanding timescales and provides a supportive environment to enable all team members to contribute to providing world class capability to our customers.
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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