Functional Architect & Domain Lead, Launcher Systems

  • Location Stevenage
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8318S
  • Closing date 16th May 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…
Functional Architect & Domain Lead, Launcher Systems - Bristol or Stevenage

The Opportunity

We’re recruiting a Functional Architect & Domain Lead to manage the team developing and maintaining the architecture and requirements of all variants of the launcher. You’ll be responsible for capturing the functional designs, supporting design reviews and product gates across the life cycle of the programme.
You’ll be able to influence how the team grows and adapts to the changing project needs, as well as influence how Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is used throughout MBDA, and shaping how launcher technology and equipment is developed in the future.

What are we looking for?

  • Experience of Model Based Systems Engineering, preferably using IBM Rhapsody
  • New ideas and a good systems engineering understanding.
  • Degree in relevant engineering subject or equivalent experience
  • Willingness to share ideas, help others, and communicate effectively with a large group of stakeholders
  • Ideally experienced in avionics systems, electronics & embedded software, and knowledge of tools used for requirements capture (Windchill, RTC, RPE, Dimensions)

What’s in it for you?

Opportunity to gain broad experience of a really exciting new product across the life cycle. We’re working to challenging timelines so you can make a real difference by demonstrating the delivery-focussed attitude that MBDA values.
Training courses on MBSE, systems engineering, and product technology.
Progression opportunities towards either management or technical routes in a company that values the development of its colleagues.

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.

The Role:
  • Leading the team that develops and maintains the functional architecture and requirements of all variants of the launcher
  • Deliver clear model based design artefacts and functional requirements to the Firing Unit Systems team
  • Continuing established working relationships with other teams including Weapons Systems and Mission Planning to ensure inputs to the Launcher team are clear
  • Capturing the Launcher functional design, supporting design reviews and product gates across the product life cycle
  • Responsibility for configuration control, change management and release of the launcher architecture model
  • Working closely with the V&V Lead to ensure efficient certification of the Launcher by delivering verification plans and evidence for functional requirements.
  • Collaborating with Systems Capability team to improve processes

Here’s what’s great about our team

Forward-thinking, specialist team using MBSE to develop technology and equipment for innovative projects, both now and in the future.
This team connects all parts of the wider project, from high-level platform needs to detailed specification and verification at equipment level.
The team has a clear purpose and focus, a strong team ethic, and a real commitment to quality. We embrace change, value diversity, and challenge outdated working practices.

MBDAis 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.
" 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.

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