Group Leader, Electro Optics Systems

  • Location Stevenage
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8312S
  • Closing date 7th Feb 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…
Group Leader – EO Systems – Bristol/Stevenage

The Opportunity

An opportunity has arisen to lead a newly created EO Systems group within the EO Seekers and Sensors Department. You will lead a multi-disciplinary team of EO Systems engineers, with the responsibility for sustaining and developing the core EO capabilities and skillsets that reside within the department, such as seeker system design, modelling and assessment, laser expertise, and test & trials capability. This will enable the Department to continue to be well placed in supporting all MBDA’s weapon system programmes, and over their entire product life cycles, and ensure successful delivery of EO work packages.

What are we looking for?

  • A broad understanding of electro-optics (EO) and ideally EO imaging technology
  • Experience of strong team leadership and practice of team management skills and tasks
  • Experience of successfully working on small projects, ideally with academic and/or SME partners, where budget and time constraints were key drivers to the project
  • Experience of using technical software packages such as Mathworks and National Instruments products
  • A good understanding of system design across the full lifecycle from requirements elicitation and management through to verification and validation
  • Awareness of work package management, including risk management, finance control, programme management and reporting
  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent experience in Physics, Electronics, or maths related subjects
  • No barriers to gain UK Security Clearance, and willingness to undertake ‘DV level’ clearance

What’s in it for you?

EO seekers and sensors play an ever increasing role in the complex weapon portfolio. The role offers the opportunity to play a central part in this area, coordinating the support to a number of programmes, each with varying requirements and solutions. As such, you will have an excellent opportunity to experience a number of varied challenges and to grow your experience both in terms of team leadership and technical know-how.

You will have the opportunity to work with colleagues at other MBDA sites both in the UK and across Europe as well as continue to build connections across the wider EO stakeholder community

What we can offer

*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
  • Group Leader for a new EO Systems Group
  • Responsible for the coordination of MBDA EO Systems resourcing and programme delivery, supporting MBDA CW portfolio programmes
  • Working with a highly motivated group of EO engineers that have a breadth of skills, and undertake a range of activities in supporting programme development
  • Playing a key-role in ensuring EO technology is delivered into main programmes, such as ASRAAM and FC/ASW, on schedule and in a cost effective manner
  • Development of the EO engineers within the EO Systems group, facilitating training and career objectives
  • Engagement across MBDA, working with EO counterparts in German, France and Italy

Here's what's great about our team

In EO Seekers & Sensors, you’ll be joining a dynamic team, focused on the development of technically complex concepts into a diverse set of customer projects across the MBDA group.
With a number of new employees recently joining from academia and industry, the team has a healthy mix of skills and experiences, and is positioned well for future growth.
The team uses a range of online communication tools to keep connected (particularly during 2020), as well as still maintaining a good (and safe!) presence in the office and EO laboratory facilities

MBDAis 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 ‎


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