Lead Missile Concept Engineer

  • Location Bristol
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8141B
  • Closing date 18th Apr 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

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Future Indirect Fires Systems Team, which is rapidly growing to meet the demands of a fast paced study for delivery to our UK customer. The role can be based at either MBDA Filton or Stevenage as part of the Future Indirect Fires Systems Team. The successful candidate will join the project at the start of the study, will own concept missile architectures, and be responsible for managing the change of these as they evolve through the study; liaising with internal and external technical functions to ensure coherence.

What are we looking for?
  • A personable, open and honest professional with previous systems engineering experience and a proven track record of working and delivering in a complex engineering environment.
  • Ability to make progress and manage technical packages with an expected level of technical and user uncertainty, delivering these on time, quality, and cost.
  • A technical background with an understanding across missile design, key missile trades, related systems, and equipment.
  • Good communication skills with a flexible approach to team-working within the Systems Team. Capable of liaising with colleagues at all levels across engineering functions.
  • Some that enjoys a unique challenge and an ability to manage risk appropriately and effectively. Can react flexibly to changing needs and adjust to ensure aims can be redefined and achieved.
  • Ability to think laterally and with initiative to develop new ideas, architectures and concepts.
  • A positive attitude towards problem solving and developing solutions.
  • Experience of the British Army and land domain is useful.

What’s in it for you?
  • An opportunity to grow your experience and expertise and raise your profile in a critically important programme for the UK Customer, the business, and the future of MBDA.
  • Joining a rapidly growing team within a project early on in its life-cycle, with ample opportunity to influence missile concept solutions which will form the future direction of the programme

The Role
  • Ownership of missile physical architecture concepts and their development.
  • Liaising with the sub-system functional teams and portfolio team to manage the CM&R needs and dependencies for the missile concepts.
  • Management of missile configurations and change as they evolve through the study.
  • Manage all elements of missile performance modelling, liaising and co-ordinating other missile function as required.
  • Close working with the missile function to ensure coherence across the evolving missile concept options.

What’s great about the team?
  • You will be joining a dynamic, enthusiastic and growing team at the forefront of development of a critical weapon for the British Army.
  • This team consists of a diverse mix of System Engineers across the Filton and Stevenage site

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.