Lead Simulation & modelling

  • Location Bristol
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8182
  • 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…
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.

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.