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Lead Missile Concept Engineer

Competitive Salary & Benefits
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18 Apr 2021

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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.


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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