Electronics Test Development Engineer, Production Design Support

  • Location Bolton
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8326K
  • 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 opportunity has arisen for an Electronics Test Development Engineer to develop and support Test Equipment for some of MBDA’s most advanced products. Whilst the primary aim is focused on the highly advanced module missile programme, there is scope to work on other unique opportunities, offering the right candidate a true engineering challenge in their core field, whilst providing scope for growth. This role is based in Bolton.

What are we looking for?
  • Ideally degree / HNC or D qualified in a relevant electronic / electrical subject area.
  • Significant and proven experience in the design of electronics, preferably in the defence industry (but not essential). RF experience would be highly desirable.
  • Proven experience in development of complete test solutions.
  • The pro-activeness, motivation, ability and resourcefulness to resolve issues and generate solutions to problems whilst under time pressure.
  • You will be a self-starter / self-manager with an ability to learn and a keen interest in pushing yourself and the delivery of your work. You will be able to acknowledge your own capabilities and seek guidance where needed and be able to work well in a multi-functional and multi-skilled team environment
  • Have excellent verbal communication, negotiation and influencing skills, with ability to provide direction and influence the design of product and test equipment. You must also have the capability to write clear and concise engineering documentation.
  • Experience in a production support role is an advantage, but not essential

Note: This role requires reasonable travel in the UK and could involve some travel overseas in Europe, (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).

What’s in it for you!

This role provides a unique opportunity to contribute to the transition of test system designs into production and to be part of a team that is the first port of call when problems occur. The problems can be varied and technically challenging and often aren’t what they first appear to be.

The scope to learn and improve your capabilities and understanding of both environments is a rare opportunity. You will have plenty of opportunity to interface at all levels of the organisation and to enhance the relationship between design and manufacturing especially in ensuring that our designs are robust and contain the features necessary to improve manufacturability and testability.
  • The opportunity to work on some of the most advanced engineering products in the sector
  • The opportunity to develop and grow into broader engineering disciplines
  • The ability to become a leading expert in specialist fields
  • A broad and varied technology and skill base
  • A broad network of contacts within the defence industry
  • The opportunity to travel to other European and non-European countries
  • The opportunity to lead a small team to deliver the right solutions to our internal and external customers.

You will 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.

The Role
  • Developing high end test systems on missile test technology, and providing qualitative assurance of the product conformity
  • Developing other complex test systems and articles for unique test domains, starting at first principles and pushing the performance of certain technologies to the extreme of its capability to provide meaningful and robust data.
  • Supporting existing test systems used in a wide variety of situations (including live missile testing) to maintain high end capability
  • Providing technical support on test systems; to project teams, manufacturing teams, customer support functions and customers directly.

Our Team

The Production Design Support team is a multi-skilled team of interdependent, highly capable and committed individuals. They are the crucial link between test systems design and manufacturing and must use all of their experience, technical, and personal capabilities to collaborate with both areas of the business, where time and cost pressures often cause rifts in the interface that must be carefully handled for success. The team is friendly and supportive and is respected throughout the manufacturing and design organisations.
  • A small team working in a larger group creates a fantastic local atmosphere with a good level of support and challenge
  • You will be moving into a brand-new bespoke production facility with a modern environment and the opportunity to develop new tools, techniques and processes
  • A group working within a leading company, offers all the benefits that a large company can bring. Scope for development, competitive benefits package, good local support, and a great atmosphere.

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.

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.