Missile Systems Algorithm Specialist

  • Location Bristol
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8155B
  • Closing date 14th Mar 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

This role offers the chance to influence the current & future direction for design and testing of sophisticated missile Guidance & Control (G&C) systems, spanning specialist algorithms, real-time architecture, and complex equipment including RF & IR seekers, inertial sensors, actuators, propulsion (turbojets, ramjets and thrust-vectored rockets), and interfaces to surface and air launch platforms.
You will have opportunity to collaborate widely across departmental, directorate & national boundaries, and to be involved across multiple programmes at various points in their respective lifecycles, from the early research & concept stages through to full-scale development and guided flight trials.
This opportunity is offered to exert and develop your expertise both at a detailed Guidance & Control design level, and up through the higher architectural levels, where you can demonstrate a capability for rigorous system analysis and management of complexity.

The Role

  • Provide specialist technical review, underwriting, and consultancy for GCN project teams and influence technology and designs of the wider project teams and subcontractors nationally & internationally
  • Provide technological input and analysis for new projects in their initial and concept phases, and exert influence on the overall system and physical design
  • Influence GCN research strategy & contribute to research activities
  • Undertake focussed technical reviews and trouble-shoot where required
  • Interact across the MBDA National Companies to collaboratively steer future capabilities and processes
What are we looking for?
  • Theoretical knowledge and extensive experience of aerospace guidance, control and navigation specification, analysis, algorithm design & implementation, real time architecture and verification
  • Ability to bound the scope of an engineering problem and to communicate the design challenge in terms of clear unambiguous design requirements/goals
  • Ability to manage complexity by identifying major drivers in a large, inter-connected engineering system
  • Ability to cross-verify complex systems and system models against underlying theory
  • Ability to connect and communicate complex or conceptually difficult ideas clearly and elegantly
  • Ability to diagnose abnormalities in an engineering system both physically and virtually through computer modelling and simulation (Matlab & Simulink)
  • Passion for life-long learning in a highly-technical field
  • Ability to influence technically when there are other factors driving teams
What’s in it for you?
  • Respect and satisfaction associated with a highly-visible, strategic senior position within a much-respected, supportive and technically-capable Department
  • Deep intellectual stimulation from getting to grips with complex technical challenges within a field requiring a combination of specialist knowledge and a good grasp of technologies and design across the much wider missile system
  • Rare opportunity for highly-focussed technical involvement, collaborative research and strategy steering without the encumbrance of line management duties
  • The role has the breadth and depth to develop your technical expertise, and to provide stimulating and satisfying work, well into the future
  • Opportunity to establish wide network of National & International contacts within MBDA and externally
  • Chance to influence across a range of products both Nationally and Internationally.
  • International travel is expected
What’s great about the team?
  • The team work at the heart of all MBDA products, engendering the esprit de corps that comes from seeing a real impact across our current and future portfolio.
  • Working within the GCN Department that offers a collegiate environment and the chance to influence all project teams as well as across internationally boundaries.
  • As part of this, you will be embedded with a supportive group of Technical Experts within the Department
  • Delivering not only guidance to projects but also working to develop the UK strategical position across the research domains while ensuring coherence with the international arms of MBDA.

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.
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 ‎


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.
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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.