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MBDA UK Security Operations Manager

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26 Jan 2021

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The Opportunity!

An opportunity has arisen for a Stevenage-based highly-motivated and people-orientated individual to lead the UK security operations element of a leading defence company. As an experienced security professional you will manage a large in-house and out-sourced security team with responsibility for delivering physical, information, personnel and project security solutions across 7 sites in the UK.
What are we looking for?
  • You will have a consistent track record in the management of high performing security teams and knowledge of UK security regulations and practices in the defence sector.
  • You will be a highly motivated teammate with a “can do” attitude and the desire for personal development/growth.
  • You will require strong and articulate written and oral skills; able to present security information in a confident and engaging manner.
  • Good interpersonal skills are needed in order to develop positive relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Able to respond positively to changing business demands and prioritise effectively the various demands of the role.
  • The role will require you to devise and develop enduring and proportionate security solutions that facilitates business activity whilst achieving regulatory compliance.
  • Professional qualification in relevant security field
What’s in it for you?

Leading a team of hardworking and motivated security professionals with a great work ethic and strong team spirit. This role will allow you to demonstrate your ability to think both strategically and tactically; crafting the security culture of MBDA. The role offers opportunities to develop both personally and professionally though security related training and qualifications, and management development opportunities. You will also be able to develop your network by enacting with other security colleagues within the defence industry.
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
  • Leading & developing security teams to deliver high quality and business-orientated policies and processes in support of MBDA’s business activities.
  • Devise and implement processes and procedures for MBDA UK to maintain compliance with mandated HMG and company security requirements.
  • Establish and implement procedures to protect company property, employees and classified information both on and off sites.
  • Lead the effective provision of a Technical Security Counter-Measures capability.
  • Maintain currency in security standard methodology and lead activities to identify efficient, innovative and cost effective security solutions to emerge challenges.
  • Run the Project Security Planning process through development of collaborative relationships with project teams and creation of effective supporting processes; integrate with other countries in the MBDA Group.
  • Ensure that UK and overseas off-site trials activities have an enabling and structured security framework that ensures mandatory requirements and recognised standard methodologies are adopted.
What’s great about the team?
  • You will be working alongside a team that aspires to enable business activity by crafting a strong security culture through employee and management engagement
  • Day to day problems and challenges are dealt with pro-actively and with intent to ‘go above and beyond’ if necessary
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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