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Lead Sub-System Engineer

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8 May 2021

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MBDA Missile Systems - Deliver For A More Secure Tomorrow

You’ll work in a multi-disciplinary team delivering a cutting-edge, new system for an Anglo-French programme. Your role will include leading work packages in system design, integration, testing, and qualification of innovative radio-frequency sub-systems for air platforms. The work will mostly involve RF and Data Links systems, so we need you to have an understanding of communications technologies.
This is an excellent opportunity to work on incredibly complex and exciting systems, and work directly with our partners (when things return to normal, this is also likely to include occasional European travel). The work you do will have a direct impact on future MBDA programmes, as there is a real opportunity to bring new technology and lessons learned into future programmes supporting the UK MoD.
While the Anglo-French programme 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 including coordinating people resources
  • Understanding of communications technologies
  • 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
  • Become a Design Authority for the Platform Data Link Terminal 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 this and other MBDA 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.


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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