Electronics Architect

  • Location Stevenage
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P7822S
  • 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…
MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver For A More Secure Tomorrow

The Opportunity

Electronic Systems/Architect Engineers are involved in all aspects of missile development, from the early concept studies through to production and mid-life updates.
You may also have responsibility for managing major equipment suppliers for the development of missile sub systems.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone wanting to build on their design experience and progress to a more senior technical role, such as Chief Design Engineer.

What are we looking for?

Educated to degree level or an equivalent qualification having obtained substantial experience of electrical and electronic engineering, including:
  • Digital electronics & microprocessor systems
  • Analogue electronics & RF
  • Electronic systems to perform Image Processing Algorithms
  • Power Electronics
    Good understanding of broader engineering disciplines, including:
  • Systems design
  • Safety systems
  • Ability to technically manage internal & sub-contract activities
  • Strong leadership skills, able to establish a clear engineering vision
  • Ability to influence managers and other stakeholders across the company
  • Strong interpersonal and well developed communication skills (written & verbal)
  • Willingness to travel within UK when required

What’s in it for you?

This role offers career progression from a design role to Electronic Systems/Architect, as it gives the opportunity to experience a broader view of the development process through interaction with Systems Designers, Chief Engineers and Suppliers. There are opportunities to become a Team Leader within the CDE Project teams as an interim step to becoming a CDE.

What would you get?

Competitive salary, flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level), a comprehensive pension scheme, employee funded voluntary private healthcare, sporting activities, fantastic site facilities, bonus schemes (subject to level), superb learning and development opportunities and more….

The Role

The role is responsible for the electronic architecture and requirements for a missile system and typically responsibilities include:
  • Defining the optimum electrical architecture for all variants of the missile ensuring the electrical architecture and interfaces meet requirements
  • Establishing project Processing and Communications policy and the Earthing and Bonding policy, based on existing Company policies
  • Proposing processor choice & operating system choice, in line with Company policies.
  • Recommending data bus types and routing
  • Responsible for the missile level power system, including power budget, power profiles and surges
  • Responsible for the missile signal safety design, to include routing of safety related signals, rules for signal separations in cable looms and on connector pin outs, plus special features such as dual redundancy
  • Influencing missile sub-system interface definition through the definition of the discrete signals and their interfaces
  • Acting as main point of contact for all technical issues relating to the avionics’ architecture for the missile
  • Responsible for the Telemetry System architecture for the missile.
  • Act as Equipment Manager (RMO) for specific electronic subsystems of the missile.
  • Responsible for producing Statements of Work and plans for activities within their sphere of responsibility
  • Technically manage internal & external suppliers for delivery of sub-system work packages to time, cost, quality and performance requirements
  • Interface with and manage customer expectations throughout the development process.
  • Responsible for controlling any assigned budgets, managing personal workload and identifying any further resource needs.
  • Responsible for direct technical supervision of engineers within their team and indirect management of engineers in the extended project team.
What’s great about joining this team?

There are about 30 staff within the Electronic and Test Architecture UK Functional Team, who are all collocated with their Project Teams in Stevenage. You will be working for the Project CDE and interact with a broad range of other Functions within MBDA, but have a high degree of autonomy and represent the Project / Function in many meetings.

MBDA is 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 encourage applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements. MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation

Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve and maintain SC security clearance or above without restrictions that will inhibit the individual’s ability to fulfil the requirements of the role. Your eligibility for the appropriate level of security clearance may be discussed with you during the recruitment process. Any existing clearance holders may be able to transfer clearance (subject to approval).

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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.