Lead Sub-System Engineer

  • Location Bristol
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • R02297
  • Closing date 21st 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…
MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver For A More Secure Tomorrow

You’ll work in a multi-disciplinary team delivering a new ground based air defence system to our Italian partners, called the Medium Advanced Air Defence Systems (MAADS). Your role will include leading work packages in system design, integration, testing, and qualification of innovative radio-frequency sub-systems. While the work will mostly involve RF and Data Links systems, you don’t need to be an expert in these areas.
This is an excellent opportunity to work on incredibly complex and exciting systems, and work directly with our Italian partners (when things return to normal, this is also likely to include occasional travel to Italy). The work you do will have a direct impact on future MBDA programmes, as there is a real opportunity to being new technology and lessons learned into future programmes supporting the UK MoD.
While MAADS is the immediate focus for you in this role, you’ll also be supporting other programmes across land, sea, and air at various stages of development.

What we’re looking for
  • Systems Engineering experience across the full engineering life cycle
  • Proven experience of managing work packages autonomously
  • While not essential, it would be beneficial if you had prior experience in data links, RF, and the wider missile/ defence industry
Here’s what’s in it for you
  • Work on an exciting new development programme, delivering a real capability upgrade
  • Support research and development into the data links product line for the future
  • Opportunity for international travel (when the restrictions eventually allow it!)
Join a great team!

We’re a small team, but one that is well-established, highly regarded, and extremely motivated to deliver. You’ll have direct interaction with a range of other functions on MAADS and our other programmes.

Benefits Package

*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.
" 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.